DO YOU LIKE SHAKESPEARE? WE DO!
The Shakespeare Company at UCLA is the only student-run classical theater company on campus. We welcome undergraduate and graduate students experience levels! If you have a passion for theater and Shakespeare - as an actor, director, designer, or stage hand - or if you're looking to get involved for the first time, we want you to join.
SCU productions are always free, aimed at providing accessible and exciting productions to the UCLA and greater Los Angeles community. Each year, we put on three to four full-length productions and an annual cabaret-style Evening of Shakespeare. In addition, we are continually increasing our number of student-written new works each year, with productions varying from staged readings to full shows.
WHAT WE DO
Shows! We put on at least one Shakespeare show per quarter. All shows are performed, designed, and directed by students. Students of all majors and backgrounds are welcome to audition and apply to direct or design! Check our Facebook page for announcements about auditions, applications, and other opportunities to get involved.
Workshops! Each quarter, we hold one to two workshops relating to Shakespeare's work and the season's productions; past topics have included stage combat, movement, and verse and speech.
Social Events! We regularly host Shakespeare-themed parties and other social events for club members. Past events include a party on Shakespeare's Birthday, a Diddy Riese night, a Masquerade Ball, season kickoff parties, and movie nights. Each spring break, the company also takes a field trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.
Board of Directors
Sophie Cobarrubia is the current Co-Executive Director of the Shakespeare Company, and a Junior in the Film and Television program. She will eventually specialize in directing. She also is the President of the Delta chapter of Delta Kappa Alpha, the professional filmmakers fraternity on campus, and she loves finding ways of blending theater and film. Her favorite Shakespeare's are Macbeth and Much Ado About Nothing.
Mary Alex Daniels is psyched to be the Co-Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Company this year! Her and the Bard go way back to a summer acting camp her mom made her go to when she was 12. Little did she know that it would be the start of a lifetime love affair ;) with the theater. Now she has performed in multiple full length shows such as Macbeth, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet, among others. She has also taught over 400 students about Shakespearian text and stories, as well has directed multiple scenes from his works.
Isabelle Smith is a junior majoring in theatre! She loves making theatre with wacky and creative people (especially those who are apart of the Shakespeare company at UCLA). Last year, she played Grumio in The Taming of the Shrew. Among her favorite achievements are having 7 wisdom teeth, writing a bizarre play about Harambe, and throwing a very successful tiny tennis party.
Lucy is a 2nd year in UCLA’s theater program. She is super excited to be on board this year as the Production Manager and hopes to make sure everything runs smoothly so that the fun can begin. Previously through SCU, she has stage managed for Evening of Shakespeare and The Tempest. When she’s not stage managing, she likes to listen to records, sew, and hang with friends although most of her free time is taken up by improv :) Catch her on stage at the next UCLA Rapid Fire Improv show!
Elana Hershman is a 4th year Theater major who just can’t get enough of the Bard! She has previously been seen on the SCU stage as Jessica in The Merchant of Venice and as Venus in Galatea, a new play. She is very excited to be educating and outreach-ing with the company this year!
Education and Outreach Director
Violet Morris is a second year Theater Major with an emphasis in Acting. In her freshman year, she was involved with SCU every quarter, as Beatrice in Evening of Shakespeare, Movement Ensemble in The Tempest, and Third Witch in Macbeth. Her favorite Shakespeare roles she has played are Proteus in Two Gentleman of Verona and Macduff in Macbeth. She is from Fairfax, CA and her favorite movie is Jurassic Park.
Natalie is a second year majoring in Very Undecided. After being in The Tempest and Macbeth her first year, she is thrilled to be a part of the SCU Board and increase her involvement in the company! In her limited free time, Natalie enjoys running, knitting, tomatoes, and everything film. Talk to her about La La Land or Tarantino if you're in the mood for a multiple-hour discussion, and direct any questions or concerns about this website to her! Also, come see the shows!
Media and Marketing Director
Anthony is a Second Year Theater Major from Pasadena, California and is serving his first year as Social Director. The Bard wasn't one to shy away from good friends and good times, and neither is Anthony. He has performed in several Shakespearian productions including "Romeo and Juliet" and "Macbeth," and hopes to put some of his skills to use planning social events to make Sir Toby Belch proud in the upcoming season!