About Us

Petaluma Shakespeare Company, the only free Shakespeare in Sonoma County, was founded in 2015 opening its first season of Free Shakespeare by the River at Foundry Wharf with “Taming of the Shrew”.  In 2016, Free Shakespeare by the River picked up momentum and popularity presenting its second season with a production of “As You Like It”.  In 2017 PSC presented an abridged version of “A Mid Summer Night’s Dream” delighting some of the youngest audience members to date. PSC also offered it’s first Shakespeare Summer Camps for Youths, collaborated with teachers at various schools to help fulfill performing art requirements by the State of California and brought Shakespeare to life for their students. PSC had the pleasure of collaborating with the Green Music Center in 2017, as well as presenting its third season of Shakespeare by the River with “Henry IV Part I”. PSC is a nonprofit- 501(c) (3) .


“Taming of the Shrew” – 
First season of Free Shakespeare by the River


“As You Like It”- Directed by Chloe Bronzan
Free Shakespeare by the River


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” &  “A Midwinter’s Dream”
Petaluma Hotel and collaboration with The Green Music Center


“Henry IV Part 1” – Directed by Skylar Evans
Free Shakespeare by the River

Staff & Board

The Petaluma Shakespeare Company is led by Artistic Director Kristina Wenz and Operations Manager Jennifer March.  The Executives are supported by Guest Directors, Guest Actors, an Advisory Board (Micheal Foulkes and John Crowley), Fight Direction / Choreography (Barton Smith), Photographer (Jesse Pleinikuhl) and Head of Crew (Ken Gmeiner) as well as an array of multi talented people.

Mission Statement

Petaluma Shakespeare Company’s mission is to provide free theater as a public good and to foster the next generation of theater artists. We see theater servicing the community with culture the same way as a library does with literacy. Offering a place where people are able to access culture no matter what their financial situation. Petaluma Shakespeare Company provides a platform for local performers, directors and designers to collaborate, fostering the next generation of theater artists. We are an inclusive theater and believe in strengthening community bonds through a shared theatrical experience.