The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 18.0014 Monday, 8 January 2007
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
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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