Lisa Coffi

In 1998, Lisa Coffi had a dream of a program like Shakespeare in the Park (Sacremento) for the south bay, centered in San Pedro area.

But instead of just dreaming, she decided to do something about it. She cast about for sources of funding, hounded local sponsors, asked for things impossible, and made it all happen. That year, Shakespeare by the Sea was born. Opening July 23 at 8pm, Comedy of Errors played for three consecutive weeks in Point Fermin Park, San Pedro. It was the first theatrical production to be attempted in the space in over 20 years. More than 3,000 people attended the production. “After that,” she says matter-of-factly, “there was no turning back.”

There are now about 30 women running Shakespeare by the Sea, 15 or so of them are Lisa Coffi.. The rest are a fireball named Suzanne Dean. In the five years since, Shakespeare by the Sea has grown phenomenally. Every summer they put on almost two dozen performances from Manhattan Beach to Newport Beach.

Lucky us, for we reap the benefits of their passion for Shakespeare. Between productions of Shakespeare by the Sea, Little Fish Theatre Company and beyond, those of us from L.A. to Long Beach to Orange County are treated to these wonderful theatrical experiences.

For more information click on the Shakespeare by the Sea logo below and visit their website.

Shakespeare by the Sea
617 Elvira Ave
Redondo Beach, CA 90277


This is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. Donations of any size are appreciated.
To make a donation, or for further information, contact Lisa Coffi.

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Article compiled from materials supplied by Lisa Coffi and assembled by Art Kirsch on 1/29/04

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