Updated - COVID-19 Attendance Policies
March 14, 2022

In light of improvement in the current COVID-19 public health conditions, beginning on Monday, March 14, 2022, PCPA has changed its COVID-19 attendance policies. PCPA will no longer require proof of vaccination or a negative test before admittance to the theatre. PCPA will now strongly encourage mask wearing inside the theatre, but masks will not be required of audience members. Concessions will still be required to be consumed outside the theatre lobby. These changes are in keeping with updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control, the Santa Barbara County Department of Public Health and Allan Hancock College District practices for visitors to the campus.

The safety of our audience is very important to PCPA and we will still provide the following enhanced health and safety precautions:

  • The theatre building has an enhanced air filtration utilizing MERV 13 filters. (PLEASE DRESS WARMLY, WEAR LAYERS)
  • The theatre, lobby area and restrooms are cleaned and disinfected after every performance.
  • Multiple hand sanitizers are available throughout the lobby.
  • Touchless ticketing - all tickets are scanned upon entrance to the theatre.
  • Digital program is available via a QR code posted throughout the lobby or on our website.
  • Limited concessions are available outside the theatre lobby.
  • At this time there will be no “stage door” opportunities with the actors after the show.

PCPA’s entire staff is fully vaccinated including staff, guest artists and volunteers. While mask wearing indoors will no longer be required of audience members, mask wearing is still strongly encouraged and all theatre patrons are welcome to wear masks in accordance with their comfort and health needs. These guidelines are contingent upon the continuing improvement and stability of the public health situation, and therefore subject to change. If the COVID situation worsens in the region, more restrictive measures may need to return.

By purchasing a ticket to a PCPA production and/or entering a PCPA/Allan Hancock College venue, theatergoer assumes all risks associated with entering a place of public gathering and voluntarily waives any and all claims and potential claims against PCPA and Allan Hancock College relating to COVID-19 or any other communicable disease, or illness, or that arise from or relate in any way to, however caused, the risk of exposure or actual or alleged exposures to a bacteria, virus or other pathogen capable of causing COVID-19 or any other communicable disease or illness, in each case whether the actual or alleged circumstances giving rise to any claim or potential claim occur before, during or after the event.

All performances are subject to re-scheduling and cancellation. Refunds will not be issued but tickets will be credited to your PCPA account for a future performance. The PCPA credit will not expire. The safety and well-being of all our patrons, actors, volunteers & employees is very important to PCPA and we thank you for understanding. We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at the theater!

Welcome PCPA's newest Resident Artists

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Three new Resident Artists will be joining the PCPA staff this fall semester as teachers in the conservatory and actors in mainstage productions.

Audiences will remember Jennie Greenberry from her performance in the 2019 production of The Addams Family. She spent five seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and has played major roles Off-Broadway and in regional theatres from coast to coast including the Repertory Theater of St. Louis, Dallas Theater Center, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, Music Theatre Wichita, and Kansas City Repertory.
Eduardo Enrikez was born in Mexico and began his professional acting career in London appearing in the West End production of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare and at The Edinburg Festival in Dangerous Games. He's appeared in numerous stage productions in Los Angeles, worked in film and wrote the title song for the animated movie Sabel, opening in theatres next year.
Christen Celaya comes to PCPA from LA where she worked at Teatro Luna and The Southland Company. Previously based in New York she performed in Off-Broadway productions of The Imaginary Invalid, The King of Infinite Space, and the title role of Miss Julie. She is a film maker and created the independent film company Pocha Productions working to engage an inter-sectional feminist U.S. Latinx perspective through cinematic story-telling and to empower Latinx creatives and people of color at every level of production.
For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig Shafer

News Release
May 2021

PCPA Returns to the Solvang Festival Theater
this summer with 2 productions

Watch the announcement with Mark Booher

PCPA is elated to announce the return of live performances this summer, and will present two powerful productions that celebrate our return to sharing stories and music together. Make plans to join us in the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater from July 21 through September 5 for Together: A Musical Journey and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Together: A Musical Journey written by Erik Stein, musical direction by Michael Wilkens and directed by Katie Fuchs-Wackowski will play in the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater July 21 through August 7. All performances are at 8pm.

After more than a year apart, Together is a celebration of being able to share experiences – through story and song - again in the same room. It is a new live and in-person concert that revels in the simple fact that life is better when we live it together. Seven actors and a musician take you on a musical journey that celebrates our shared experiences and the stories that have yet to be told – tales of the like-minded and adventures of those that dance to a different beat. This concert was created exclusively for PCPA’s audiences to rejoice as a community, and to relish being together.

The theme of the live connection was the inspiration for Stein’s new piece. “I read an article that outlined an experiment that showed that when people are in a room together sharing an experience, their hearts start to beat in the same rhythm. If our hearts can overcome differences and actually beat together, our brains should be able to as well. All of us in a room together sharing an experience is truly essential.” Stein said. Director Fuchs-Wackowski feels privileged to be at the helm of this original piece. “I am very excited to be working on this incredibly unique project: A musical journey specifically created to celebrate being back together after this long, hard year apart. It is a piece created for the here and now, and highlights the creative skills of both our local designers and performers.”

The cast features Resident Artists Kitty Balay, Andrew Philpot, Yusef Seevers, Erik Stein, Emily Trask, and George Walker, and guest artist Annali Fuchs-Wackowski.

The second production welcomes back guest artist Karole Foreman (Fences, Caroline, or Change) to play the legendary Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill.

Lady Day plays in the outdoor Solvang Festival Theater August 19 through September 5. The time is 1959. The place is a seedy bar in Philadelphia. The audience is about to witness one of Billie Holiday’s final performances. More than a dozen of the jazz legends’ songs are interlaced with salty, often humorous reminiscences in this riveting portrait of Holiday and her music. Holiday’s accompanist is Jimmy Powers played by guest artist Stephan Terry who also serves as Musical Director for the show.

Director Wren T. Brown says Holliday’s music continues to soar and stir audiences six decades later. “I am excited to direct Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, because it affords me the opportunity to explore and examine the life of one of the most transcendent artists of the 20th century. Through her singing, Billie Holiday used everything that happened in her life to inform her art. Many of the songs she performed and recorded have become standards, and have caused audiences to feel her heart and soul, in a manner unlike any other artist. Sixty years after her death, at a time in America when race, gender, and the opioid crisis are being discussed loudly on a daily basis, Billie Holiday's life and career are a great example of what it means to not just survive but triumph in the face of lifelong abuse and struggle.”

Lady Day contains adult themes and language.

Ticket prices are $35 - $50. Tickets go on sale June 8, visit www.pcpa.org or call the box office 805-922-8313. Box Office hours are Wednesday through Sunday 12:30 – 7pm. The Solvang Box Office will open July 14 with hours from 4 – 7pm on non-show days and 4-8pm on show days.

Performances subject to change.
The latest COVID guidelines will be posted on the web site as we near performance dates.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Craig Shafer

News Release
May 2021

Turn that spare room into cash!

PCPA seeks area low-cost housing for incoming students and guest artists. PCPA’s Conservatory provides remarkable year-round training for emerging theatre artists and you can show your support by offering these students affordable housing.

Requirements include a bedroom with bed provided, a private or shared bathroom, and access to onsite kitchen and laundry facilities.

Walking distance to PCPA and Allan Hancock College is preferred but not a necessity.

Should you have extra space, please contact PCPA’s Assistant Production Manager Geno Franco at 928-7731 ext 3153 or email companymanager@pcpa.org.
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