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Shakeup at Oregon Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0014  Monday, 8 January 2007

From: 		Al Magary <
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Date: 		Saturday, 06 Jan 2007 00:06:22 -0800
Subject: 	Shakeup at Oregon Shakespeare

*Staff shakeup at Oregon Shakespeare Fest*

*By Misha Berson*

Seattle Times, January 6, 2007

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/artsentertainment/2003511329_webashland05.html

Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the largest and best-attended 
classical-theater complex in the U.S., has announced that a major 
shake-up of its artistic staff is on the horizon.

Incoming artistic director Bill Rauch will reorganize the Ashland, Ore., 
company's artistic hierarchy in its 2008 season, when he assumes full 
responsibility for the theater from retiring artistic director, Libby 
Appel. (Rauch, the former head of L.A.'s Cornerstone Theatre, will work 
part-time at OSF before joining the company full-time this June.)

Most significant among the changes outlined in a recent OSF press 
statement will be the elimination of two associate artistic posts 
currently held by directors Penny Metropulos and Tim Bond (former 
director of Seattle's Group Theatre). Their jobs will be replaced by a 
single, new associate artistic director position for a stage designer.

When Metropulos and Bond leave the company at the close of the 2007 
season, so will numerous other longtime OSF staffers whose positions 
have been altered or eliminated, including resident scenic designer 
William Bloodgood, and Green Stage artistic head David Hochoy. Rauch 
says he hopes some departing veterans will return to work at OSF on 
future shows as guest artists.

Rauch notes that the internal changes at the venerable theater company, 
founded in 1935, will help him implement several new initiatives he 
plans: the expansion of new play development at OSF and the launch of a 
"U.S. History Cycle" of original works; the use of a greater variety of 
directors in OSF productions; and hiring a more eclectic array of acts 
for OSF's free, pre-play Green Shows.

Rauch's plans will not alter OSF's 2007 season, which kicks off in 
February in Ashland. Details: www.orshakes.org or 541-482-4331.

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