Ashland’s Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, founded by an enthusiastic young teacher named Angus L. Bowmer, was officially born on July 2, 1935 with a production of Twelfth Night. The Festival has since grown to become one of the oldest and largest professional nonprofit theaters in the nation.
The company of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival now numbers more than 500 members. These include artistic and executive directors, the acting company, the artistic staff, playwrights, guest artists, musicians, management and others. The venue has grown from one stage to three (the outdoor Elizabethan Stage and the indoor Angus Bowmer Theatre and Thomas Theatre), and the repertoire has expanded to include performances of not only works by the Bard but by other playwrights as well.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s season runs from February through November, with the outdoor Elizabethan Stage open June through October. Some of the Shakespearean productions are traditional, while others are performed in modern dress and are subject to other modifications. Dedicated theater-goers can see up to nine different plays in one week! It’s a good ideas to buy tickets well in advance.