Thank You!

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors and audience for making this year’s Summer Education Programs possible. Stay tune for details for next year’s programs.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Click here to learn more about the Foundation.

Major Sponsors

Mary Ann Cohen
Barbara Meister
Jeanne Adams
Loretta and Mike Merewether*


Judith R. Nelson
AV Masters
Community Education Sponsors

Julius Gius Memorial Rotary Foundation in Memory of Staci Ingram
Lore Photography


Prop Building
Set Dressing

If any of these things interest you, and you’d like to spend your summer learning more about it, we’d love to meet you! We need people with artistic and practical skills to help us make theatre magic this summer. Just click on this link and fill out the form. Someone will be in touch!”


“This was a wonderful, positive, and enlightening learning experience for my daughter. This workshop enabled her to acquire a higher sense of self worth and self control. Her confidence has soared, and she has a more optimistic outlook on life. This was the biggest opportunity our family has ever experienced! Thanks again and again.”

Meet Our Team

Kirby Ward

Kirby Ward has served as Director of Rubicon’s summer youth programs since 2018. Born and raised a California boy, he’s the second son of San Diego theatre parents Don & Bonnie Ward and has been referred to as the “quintessential song & dance man.” In high school, he decided his path was the “family business.” Teen directing efforts led to student productions at the University of Southern California under the guidance of John Blankenchip. Demonstrating particular skill with musical staging, Kirby caught the attention of Debbie Reynolds who he worked with for many years, appearing with her onstage in her act and staging specialty material for her and Donald O’Connor. He’s entertained queens, presidents, first ladies and dignitaries with his work as a multi-faceted entertainment artist on nearly every continent on the globe. As an actor, Kirby is an Olivier Award nominee. As a director he has been honored with Critics’ Circle Awards in San Diego and Boston and his Rubicon productions of Big River, Return to the Forbidden Planet and She Loves Me were Critic’s Pick in the LA Times.

Joseph Fuqua

Joseph Fuqua is founder of Rubicon’s Fearless Shakespeare program, now in its eleventh year. A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, his Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs and 110 in the Shade at Lincoln Center. Regionally, Joseph has appeared at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Dallas Theatre Center and opposite Mary Jo Catlett at Ensemble Theatre. On television, Joseph guest starred in “The X-Files,” “The Profiler,” “Brooklyn South,” “The Pretender,” “Chicago Hope,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” and “Becker.” Film credits include J.E.B. Stuart in “Gettysburg” opposite Martin Sheen, a role he reprised in “Gods and Generals.” In 2000, Joseph joined Rubicon Theatre as the first company member. Roles at Rubicon include the title role in Hamlet (Indy Award), The Boys Next Door (Indy Award), The Rainmaker (Robby Award and Rep Award), All My Sons (Ovation Award), Bruce Wagner in Conviction, Professor Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Marshal Johnson in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and, most recently, Pap in Big River.

Patricia Lynn-Strickland 

Patricia Lynn-Strickland (Director, producer, writer, actress,) is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts West. Her directing credits include over 200 productions and acting in numerous productions throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties. Patricia is a 2013 recipient for the Earth Charter Award for Education and Outreach, a 2009 recipient of the City of Ventura Mayor’s Arts Award for Arts Educator of the year, 2007 recipient of The City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award for directing, a 2005 recipient of The City of Ventura Artist’s Fellowship Award for playwriting. Patti is a 20 year theater arts educator at Studio V 4 Arts, St. Bonaventure High School, The Rubicon Theatre Company, and Our Lady of Assumption School (music/drama).

Louis Lotorto

Louis Lotorto is thrilled to be collaborating with Joseph Fuqua again for his fourth summer season with Fearless Shakespeare! Louis has acted professionally for over 32 years, including at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, OR; Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. (Helen Hayes Award Nominee); and the California Shakespeare Festival. He has performed in 20 Shakespeare plays, including Rubicon’s production of King Lear as the Fool.

Anthony Lucca

Anthony Lucca is an award-winning music director, arranger, and orchestrator who develops and music directs new works for theatre and film. World premieres include Bronco Billy (Skylight Theatre Company, LA Drama Critics Award for Best Musical Direction), Mutt House (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Cult of Love (IAMA Theatre Company), and “Into Light” (film). He has provided orchestrations and arrangements for “Into Light,” The Music Box, Who. What. Wear., and Her Turn.

Seryozha “Sasha” La Porte

Seryozha “Sasha” La Porte is an actor, improviser, and musician from Ventura, California. He studied and performed at Rubicon Theatre, and later attended the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts Professional Acting Program, in Solvang. He is currently studying neuropsychology, whilst also living the actor’s life. Check out or Sasha La Porte’s IMDB for more info.

Billy Thompson

Billy Thompson has served as a composer, arranger, musical director, orchestrator, accompanist, and performer for stage productions across the country. His first original full-length collaboration, Invasion! the musical garnered the 2007 LA Weekly Theatre Award for Best Original Score and Best Musical Direction. He has held faculty positions in music and theatre at USC, SDSU, AMDA-LA, and The Strasberg Institute. He holds a BM in Composition from USC, an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

Julia Donlon

Julia Donlon is a stage manager from Oxnard. Graduating from Pepperdine University in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Production Design with an emphasis in Stage Management, she recently was onboard Princess Cruises’ Golden Princess working on their Broadway shows. Previous credits include Beauty and the Beast JR. and The Little Mermaid JR. (Rubicon), Crazy for You, Die Zauberflöte: The Magic Flute, Curtains, The Good Prisoner, The Women of Lockerbie, Medea, and Well (Pepperdine University), as well as The Abode (Pepperdine and Edinburgh Fringe Festival).