Established in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival is among the oldest and largest professional regional theatres in the country. Located in Ashland, Oregon, OSF is a cultural and recreational destination for more than 350,000 visitors per year. OSF has a company that numbers more than 550 (including over 100 actors), a budget of $30 million and an attendance of more than 414,000 in 2010. As many as nine plays are performed concurrently; the average attendee sees four plays and stays three days. In addition to its on-stage presentations, OSF provides playgoers with a wide range of activities during their visits to Ashland, including concerts, lectures, a pre-performance Green Show in the summer, free talks by members of the company and post-show discussions with the actors. OSF also has wide-ranging educational programs, providing learning opportunities on the Festival campus for students, teachers and general playgoers as well as providing students and teachers, through its School Visit Program, exposure to the art of theatre in more than 100 schools throughout the West Coast. The 2011 season, OSF’s 76th year, runs from February 18 through November 6, with 789 performances of 11 plays—four by Shakespeare and seven by classic and contemporary playwrights—in rotating repertory in three theatres: the outdoor Elizabethan Stage, the Angus Bowmer Theatre and the intimate New Theatre. More information about OSF can be obtained at www.osfashland.org.
Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Elizabethan Stage. Cyrano de Bergerac (2006): Ensemble. Photo: T. Charles Erickson.