Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Established in 1935 by actor and educator Angus Bowmer, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) is one of the oldest and largest theatres in the United States, with a 38-week season of eleven productions running from February to November and annual attendance of 400,000. Producing plays in rotating repertory is the company’s hallmark. Nine productions run concurrently, and as many as five different plays are performed in a single day: Shakespeare, classic and contemporary plays, new work, musicals and music-infused work, and stories from outside the Western canon. In 2015, a resident company of 100 actors and 450 other artists and artisans presents 790 performances. OSF operates three venues – the 1,200-seat open-air Allen Elizabethan Theatre, 600-seat Angus Bowmer Theatre and flexible, 274- to 360-seat Thomas Theatre – in Ashland, Oregon, 15 miles north of the California/Oregon border. Recent national recognition includes the Broadway premiere and Tony Award for All the Way, which was commissioned by and premiered at OSF.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival will present student matinees of Hamlet directed by Lisa Peterson and Twelfth Night director Christopher Liam Moore. The company will provide related educational activities, including workshops, backstage tours, prologues, post-show discussions, and teaching training. They anticipate reaching 48 schools from California and Oregon.