UCSC arts dean defends shutdown of Shakespeare Santa Cruz

August 30, 2013

Earlier this week it was announced that UC Santa Cruz was shutting down Shakespeare Santa Cruz for financial reasons, meaning this weekend would be the theater festival’s final curtain.

Wallace Baine of the Santa Cruz Sentinel reports today:

SANTA CRUZ — One of Shakespeare Santa Cruz’s most prominent names is charging UC Santa Cruz Arts Division and Dean David Yager with inflating SSC’s operating deficit as a rationale for permanently closing down the popular theater company.

In an “open letter” sent to the media, Mike Ryan — considered by many to be SSC’s most well-known actor — said that in July, Yager presented him with budgetary numbers that contradict the “dishonest financial picture” the university presented in its announcement Monday that SSC would close after the 2013 holiday production.

In response, the university released SSC fiscal-year budget figures to support Yager’s original projections.

The Sentinel also published a batch of letters reacting to the news this week.

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