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“Shakespeare Play On’s efforts to bring Shakespeare back to Santa Cruz for 2014 amount to one of the most inspiring stories of artists and patrons working together thoughtfully that I have seen in many years. A place as beautiful as Santa Cruz deserves a writer as brilliant as Shakespeare thriving in its midst.”

- James Bundy,
Dean, Yale School of Drama
Artistic Director, Yale Repertory Theatre

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Leading the Revival of Shakespeare in Santa Cruz

The Advisory Board of Shakespeare Play On

Sir Patrick Stewart and Acclaimed Artists, Scientists, and Philanthropists All Say “Play On!”

Sir Patrick Stewart

 

Sir Patrick Stewart was a leading man for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the star of Star Trek: The Next Generation and X-Men, and is currently performing on Broadway in Waiting for Godot and No Man’s Land. Before his latest run on Broadway, Stewart most recently appeared on stage in Edward Bond’s Bingo at the Young Vic and Chichester Festival Theatre, and as Shylock in a 2011 RSC production of The Merchant of Venice, directed by Rupert Goold. His previous collaboration with Goold, in the title role of Macbeth, played Chichester, London, BAM, and then Broadway, earned an Evening Standard Award and Tony and Olivier nominations.

Stewart is an Honorary Associate Artist with the RSC, having appeared in over 60 productions, including most recently a 2008 production of Hamlet playing Claudius opposite David Tennant (Olivier Award), and repertory productions of Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest in 2005. In 1978, he won an Olivier Award for his performance in Peter Brook’s production of Antony and Cleopatra and was nominated for his role in The Merchant of Venice. He also appeared in the now legendary Peter Brook production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. On Broadway and West End stages, Stewart has appeared in A Life in the Theatre, The Master Builder, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, and The Tempest. For his acclaimed solo production of A Christmas Carol, Stewart played over 40 characters, garnering an Olivier, Drama Desk, and What’s on Stage Award. Patrick Stewart is also Chancellor of the University of Huddersfield.

Perhaps best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: The Next Generation, both on television and film, and as Professor Charles Xavier from the X-Men films, Stewart has also enjoyed a successful film and television career, earning Golden Globe, Emmy, and SAG Award nominations. Screen appearances include King of Texas; Jeffrey; Dune; Excalibur; LA Story; Robin Hood: Men in Tights; Conspiracy Theory; Extras (for which he earned an Emmy nomination); The Lion in Winter; I, Claudius; and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. His vocal talents have been heard on “The Simpsons,” “American Dad,” and “Family Guy,”and as narrator of Seth MacFarlane’s hit comedy, Ted. Stewart recently completed production on the Israeli film Hunting Elephants and the film adaptation of Stephen Belber’s Match and will soon reprise his role as Professor Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Olympia Dukakis

Olympia Dukakis is an actress, director, producer, teacher, activist, and author of the best-selling Ask Me Again Tomorrow. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, BAFTA Film Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Award, and Golden Globe Award for her performance in Moonstruck. Broadway: Rose (Drama Desk Nominee), Social Security. London: Rose (Royal National Theatre), Credible Witness (Royal Court). Off-Broadway: Singing Forest, The Marriage of Bette and Boo (Obie Award), Curse of the Starving Class, Titus Andronicus, A Man’s a Man (Obie Award), Electra and Peer Gynt at the Public Theatre. She has performed in over 130 productions Off-Broadway and regionally at theatres including A.C.T., Shakespeare in the Park, Shakespeare & Co., and the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival, where she also served as Associate Director. Founding member and Producing Artistic Director of the Whole Theatre in Montclair, NJ for 19 years; also a founding member of the Actor’s Company and the Charles Playhouse, both in Boston. She taught acting at New York University (graduate school) for fourteen years and teaches master classes for colleges and universities across the country. Film: Cloudburst (most recent), Mr. Holland’s Opus, Steel Magnolias, Dad, Look Who’s Talking I, II & III, Mighty Aphrodite, among many others. Television: Last of the Blond Bombshells (Judi Dench), Tales of the City, More Tales of the City, and Further Tales of the City, among many others. Most recently, she played Prospera in The Tempest in a well-received, sold-out run at Shakespeare & Co.in Lenox, MA. She also recently starred alongside Shakespeare Play On’s Marco Barricelli in A.C.T.’s Vigil.

 

Jack Baskin

 

Jack Baskin, now a retired engineer and general contractor, was born in upstate New York, the son of immigrants. During the Great Depression his family made many sacrifices in order for him to go to college, and he was the first member of his family to do so. He attended the University of Colorado where he studied mechanical engineering, later transferring to New York University where he earned his B.S. in aeronautical engineering.

After serving as an aeronautical engineer during World War II, Mr. Baskin moved West and in 1948, acquired his California Professional Engineers License. He settled in Central California, and founded Jack Baskin, Inc., focusing on building affordable housing in the San Francisco area, in Santa Cruz and in Watsonville.

Jack Baskin is dedicated to his community and has given generously to it. Among the local organizations that are beneficiaries of Mr. Baskin’s time and donations are Cabrillo College and Dominican Hospital. He was the founder of the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, and he has participated in many other organizations for children, families, and senior citizens. The University of California, Santa Cruz, UCSC, has been a long time recipient of Mr. Baskin’s extensive contributions. His donations have supported computer engineering, instruction in the arts, the Institute of Marine Sciences, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, an endowed chair in psychology, and a scholarship in literature. Mr. Baskin chaired the UC Santa Cruz Foundation for 2 years. His commitment to education is memorialized by two prominent buildings named in his honor on the UCSC campus.

James Bundy

James Bundy is in his eleventh year as Dean of Yale School of Drama and Artistic Director of Yale Repertory Theatre. In his first ten seasons, Yale Rep has produced more than thirty world, American, and regional premieres, six of which have been honored by the Connecticut Critics Circle with the award for Best Production of the year, and two of which have been Pulitzer Prize finalists. During this time, Yale Rep has also commissioned more than forty artists to write new work and provided low-cost theatre tickets and classroom visits to thousands of middle and high school students from Greater New Haven through WILL POWER!, an educational program initiated in 2004.

In addition to Yale Rep, James Bundy has also directed productions at Great Lakes Theater Festival, The Acting Company, California Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and The Juilliard School Drama Division. A recipient of the Connecticut Critics Circle’s Tom Killen Award for extraordinary contributions to Connecticut professional theatre in 2007, Bundy served as president of the board of directors of Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for nonprofit theatre. Previously, he worked as Associate Producing Director of The Acting Company, Managing Director of Cornerstone Theater Company, and Artistic Director of Great Lakes Theater Festival. He is a graduate of Harvard College; he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and Yale School of Drama.

Emily Mann

Multi-award-winning Director and Playwright Emily Mann is in her 23rd season as Artistic Director of McCarter Theatre where she has overseen over 125 productions. Under Ms. Mann’s leadership, McCarter was honored with the 1994 Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater. Most recently at McCarter, Ms. Mann directed Edward Albee’s A Delicate Balance and the world premieres of The Convert by Danai Gurira (also at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago and CTG in Los Angeles; six Ovation Awards, including Best Director of a Play and nominated for thirteen; also nominated for three Jeff Awards including Best Production); Phaedra Backwards by Marina Carr; Sarah Treem’s The How and the Why; and Edward Albee’s Me, Myself & I (also at Playwrights Horizons).

Among the plays she directed at McCarter are: Nilo Cruz’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics (also on Broadway), the world premiere of Christopher Durang’s Miss Witherspoon (also off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons), All Over (also off-Broadway at The Roundabout; 2003 Obie Award for Directing), Three Sisters, A Doll House, The Glass Menagerie, and Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Last spring, Emily directed A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway with Blair Underwood, Wood Harris, Nicole Ari Parker, and Daphne Rubin-Vega. Emily’s plays include Execution of Justice (Guggenheim Fellowship, Helen Hayes and Joseph Jefferson Awards, Drama Desk and Outer Circle Award nominations); Still Life (six Obie Awards); Greensboro (A Requiem); Meshugah; and Annulla, An Autobiography. Ms. Mann wrote and directed Having Our Say, adapted from the book by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany with Amy Hill Hearth (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations; NAACP and Joseph Jefferson Awards; Peabody and Christopher Awards for the screenplay). A collection of her plays, Testimonies: Four Plays, has been published by TCG. Her latest play,Mrs. Packard, was the recipient of the 2007 Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award and was published by TCG in spring 2009. Her adaptations include: three Chekhov plays (Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, and a free adaptation of The Seagull: A Seagull in the Hamptons) and The House of Bernarda Alba (recently staged in London).

A winner of the Dramatists Guild Hull-Warriner Award and the Edward Albee Last Frontier Directing Award, Emily is a member of the Dramatists Guild and serves on its council. She is the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Princeton University and was named the 2011 Person of the Year from the National Theatre Conference.

David Haussler

David Haussler led the team that assembled the first human genome sequence in the race to complete the Human Genome Project, posting the world’s first publically-available computational assemble of the human genome sequence. He is the director of both the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences and the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is a professor in biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz, consulting professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, and consulting professor at UC San Francisco’s Biopharmaceutical Sciences Department.

David Haussler’s research lies at the interface of mathematics, computer science, and molecular biology. He develops new statistical and algorithmic methods to explore the molecular function and evolution of the human genome, integrating cross-species comparative and high-throughput genomics data to study gene structure, function, and regulation. He is credited with pioneering the use of Hidden Markov Models (HMMs), Stochastic Context-Free Grammars, and discriminative kernel method for analyzing DNA, RNA, and protein sequences. He was the first to apply the latter methods to the genome-wide search for gene expression biomarkers in cancer, now a major effort of his laboratory.

As a collaborator on the international Human Genome Project, his team posted the first publicly available computational assembly of the human genome sequence on the internet—the precursor of the UCSC Genome Browser, a web-based tool that is used extensively in biomedical research and serves as the platform for several large-scale genomics projects, including the UCSC Cancer Genomics Browser. He co-founded the Genome 10K Project to assemble a genomic zoo—a collection of DNA sequences representing the genomes of 10,000 vertebrate species—to capture genetic diversity as a resource for the life sciences and for worldwide conservation efforts.

Christa Stiner

Christa Stiner has worked in performing arts administration and production for over twenty-five years. Currently serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Montalvo Arts Center, her extensive background includes orchestra management, marketing, patron services, production management and financial leadership in both commercial and nonprofit theater. From 1999 until 2003 she was the Director of Finance and Administration for Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley and served as CFO at the San Jose Repertory Theatre from 2006 to 2009. Featured in the in the Fall 2008 issue of Nonprofit Quarterly, Christa has served on the board of several Santa Cruz nonprofits, including her current role as Treasurer of the Community Music School, and Audit Chair of the Ecology Action Board. Other trustee duties have included New Music Works, Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (where she served 3 years as President), and the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County. Ms. Stiner has negotiated contracts with IATSE Local134 Stagehands), IATSE Local 748 (Wardrobe) and AFM Local 153 in her various roles as an arts administrator.

Additionally, Christa has served as a panelist for the Arts Council Silicon Valley Regional Arts Fund grants review in 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2008, and as a panelist for the Santa Cruz Cultural Council in 2009 and 2010. Ms. Stiner served as the location production manager for the Emmy nominated video of San Jose Cleveland Ballet’s “Blue Suede Shoes.” When not serving in leadership roles in the Bay Area, Christa teaches bassoon and saxophone, and coaches for local youth ensembles. She can be heard playing bassoon on the “Colonial Christmas” CD, released on the Gourd label. Christa is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a degree in Foreign Service and International Politics, Mid East Area option study, with graduate work in International Politics and Economics. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Nominations & Elections Committee of the Alumni Blue Band Association.

Rowland Rebele

Rowland Rebele and his wife Patricia Rebele have been called “pillars of the Santa Cruz County arts community” by the Santa Cruz Sentinel for their work supporting organizations like the Santa Cruz Symphony, New Music Works, Cabrillo Music Festival, Museum of Art and History, Stanford University, and UC Santa Cruz. Armed with an MBA from Harvard Business School, Rebele set about buying and building a network of newspapers; as Metro Santa Cruz puts it, “watching over public officials and giving citizens an arena for expressing their views are for Rebele a cornerstone of democracy.” Now, the Rebeles are a major philanthropic force in Santa Cruz, devoting their energies to the arts and homeless shelters and challenging others to do the same. In 2009, Rowland and Patricia were among the winners of the Gail Rich Awards, which “celebrates the spirit of the arts in Santa Cruz by recognizing those who inspire our diverse and culturally rich community.”

Darrin Caddes

After 20 years of designing products for leading automotive and motorcycle companies like BMW, Fiat, and Indian Motorcycles, Darrin Caddes now works as Vice President of Corporate Design at Plantronics. For Plantronics, Caddes has brought a world-class team of industrial design professionals from leading companies like Nokia, Motorola, Nike, and Herman Miller to Santa Cruz. Caddes has been profiled in publications like Fast Company, CNN Money, and Bloomberg Businessweek for his sleek and beautiful designs, melding technology with fashion-forward looks. Santa Cruz NEXT has saluted Darrin Caddes for making a positive impact on the qualify of life for Santa Cruzans. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Questions and Answers

You’ve got questions for Shakespeare Play On? Well, of course you do! Good news: we’ve got answers! Check below to see if we’ve answered yours already, and feel free to email us using the addresses below!

What happens to my donation if Shakespeare Play On does not reach its fundraising goal?

While we are confident that the community of Santa Cruz will rally and support our efforts, in the unlikely event that the fundraising goal is not substantially met, the Board of Directors of Shakespeare Play On will need to determine whether it is prudent to launch the 2014 Summer Festival. Considerations will include the Board’s assessment of the likelihood of securing additional major support, the advice of the Co-Artistic Directors regarding the ability and feasibility of mounting a season, as well as guidance from City officials and our fiscal sponsor, the Arts Council Santa Cruz County, and other foundations that have been helping us chart our plans. In the event the Board of Directors determines not to proceed with the Summer Festival, it will direct the Arts Council Santa Cruz County to refund all donations received to date, minus whatever portion of the fiscal sponsorship fee cannot be refunded (sponsorship fees will never exceed 8% of the donation amount). Donors should take comfort in knowing that all moneys received by our fiscal sponsor are being held in trust for us and will not be released to Shakespeare Play On unless and until the Board of Directors elects to launch the 2014 season. Should the 2014 season not proceed, we would urge donors to consider leaving all or part of their contribution as a donation to the Arts Council, our fiscal sponsor.

What plans does Shakespeare Play On have to secure not just a season in 2014, but the continued longevity of the Festival?

Our fundraising goal of $885,000 would forward fund the 2014 season, covering all of our operating costs for the year (which assumes that the Glen rental charges from the University of California, Santa Cruz are in line with what we have anticipated). With those costs covered, all yearly giving to the festival and ticket sales for the 2014 summer season will go directly toward funding the 2015 season, ensuring that we will not have to raise emergency funds every year. Knowing what our income is from year to year will also allow us to responsibly plan the budget based on money that we have, rather than money we expect to earn. This in turn will allow us to focus on specific fundraising for a holiday show, bringing the Pantos back to the community off-campus.

Will Shakespeare Play On be able to run a festival without the historical financial support of UCSC?

In two words, absolutely yes. UCSC’s financial (cash) contributions to SSC over the last 10 years of its history amounted to 16% of its total incurred expenses over that period, including its operating deficit. Community contributions (donations and grants), on the other hand, amounted to 27%. The Festival’s earned revenues over this decade covered 57% of the total expenses. The Community should take immense pride in the equity it established in the Festival. The independence of the new organization also allows us considerably more leeway to secure certain sources of funding and in-kind donations, as well as to negotiate  directly for services that we’d need. More, it will now be possible to expand the season and the Festival’s year-round presence in the community beyond past limitations, thanks to the new ability to secure facilities off campus, and to build upon strong existing artistic and operational relationships with sister theaters and schools.

What are some of the other advantages of being independent?

There are many advantages, and to name just a few that are critically important: for the first time, the Festival will be able to produce independent financial statements, own the assets it creates, have a balance sheet, and produce auditable financials. Of paramount importance, the Board of Directors will have responsibility for approving a budget and a duty (as well as authority) to hold staff accountable for fiscal results. Budgets for the Festival will be based on the balance between priorities based on artistic vision and prudent management.

Is Shakespeare Play On the same thing as Shakespeare Santa Cruz?

Shakespeare Play On is a non-profit corporation formed to continue the aesthetic and traditions of the Festival as a professional theater. It is our hope to use both the brand name “Shakespeare Santa Cruz” and the Sinsheimer-Stanley Festival Glen on the UCSC campus. We are negotiating both of those things with UCSC’s administration currently and are hopeful that we will reach a positive resolution soon.

Who will be the Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Festival?

Should we meet our fundraising goals, Marco Barricelli, SSC’s Artistic Director for the past six years, and Mike Ryan, a long-time SSC actor, will serve as Co-Artistic Directors.

What is the role and responsibility of the Board of Directors? Who are the Directors, How were they chosen, How Can I Participate?

The role of the Board of Directors is to hold the theater in trust for the community, which includes the responsibility for maintaining and strengthening Shakespeare Play On’s financial position, being responsible for maintaining the balance between the desire to invest in the highest quality artistic productions programs and the responsibility to sustain financial integrity.

The initial members of the Board of Directors are the members of the Exploratory Committee that took the initiative to step “into the breach” when the University terminated the Festival in August and who have been working since then to discover a path forward. The initial directors are Audrey Stanley, Karen Sinsheimer, Bill Richter, Jane Becker, Renee Winter, and Jean Shimoguchi.

Assuming the Festival proceeds, the Board of Directors will establish a nominating committee charged with determining the criteria for Board membership, as well as defining the roles and responsibilities of the Board. In the meantime, if you wish to be considered for Board membership or make a nomination, please do so by writing to the Board at Board@shakespeareplayon.org.

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Shakespeare Play On in the News

Shakespeare Play On is in the news! Look below to read articles from The Santa Cruz Sentinel, The San Francisco Chronicle, and SF Gate, then tell your local reporter you want them to cover the rebirth of Shakespeare in Santa Cruz!

The Santa Cruz Sentinel: Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s Afterlife: Next Year Could See Its Rebirth

“William Shakespeare’s plays are full of characters who are believed to be dead but are not, or who are forced by circumstance to take on a different name. As 2013 comes to a close, it’s now just that kind of life-imitates-art moment at Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the officially defunct theater company that is, under the name Shakespeare Play On, laying the groundwork for a dramatic return in 2014.” – Wallace Baine, The Santa Cruz Sentinel

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San Francisco Chronicle: Second Act in Store for Shakespeare Santa Cruz?

“SSC has ranked as one of the four most prestigious Shakespeare festivals on the West Coast, drawing top-notch actors and designers from the Bay Area to Broadway and from Australia to England’s Royal Shakespeare Company. [...]  Barricelli and Whitworth, who’s on the faculty, argue that UC Santa Cruz profits in less tangible ways from SSC. Both point to the considerable value to the theater arts program of students working side by side with professional actors and designers, and with graduate students from Yale, New York University or Juilliard in the summer programs.” – Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle

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SFGate: Update: News for Shakespeare Santa Cruz

“A Shakespearean plot is developing apace in Santa Cruz. Since we last checked in about the fate of Shakespeare Santa Cruz, the esteemed 32-year-old summer Shakespeare festival abruptly terminated by UC Santa Cruz at the end of its 2013 season, the group aspiring to continue its work has made some major progress. It’s now officially incorporated as a nonprofit theater company, under the name Shakespeare Play On, and — committee chair and past SSC board chair Bill Richter reports — has acquired a fiscal sponsor, Arts Council Santa Cruz County.” - Robert Hurwitt, The San Francisco Chronicle

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Santa Cruz Patch Blog: SPO Announces Major Funding Push to Save Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Shakespeare Play On has been incorporated as an independent nonprofit to carry on the traditions and aesthetic of SSC! Arts Council Santa Cruz County, our fiscal sponsor, can accept your charitable gifts and donations to Shakespeare Play On starting right away!”

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