Shakespeare Santa Cruz was nationally renowned for its high-quality productions and its marriage of scholarship and performance, all among the unique beauty in the campus redwoods. While embracing the surfer-cosmopolitanism of Santa Cruz, productions incorporated transnational perspectives (the 1984 Balinese-inflected The Tempest) and modern contexts (the 1985 Hamlet as soap opera). The company maintained a larger national and global reach by including Actors Equity Association actors and by fostering a longstanding relationship with performers from the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC).