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ASHLAND, OREGON

Inside the Oregon Shakespeare Festival: A Wonderful Week of Theatre

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Program #19884RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate (Variable by Program Date)
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
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Instructors

These instructors are participating on at least one day of one date of this program.
Please note that changes may occur.

Suzanne Witucki

Born and raised on the East Coast, Suzanne Witucki lived in the Midwest while completing her graduate studies, raising a family and pursuing her teaching career at the Detroit Country Day School. Now retired and a resident of Ashland, Oregon, Suzanne runs a college consulting business and has taught Shakespeare for more than 15 years through the Siskiyou Center. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, theater, hiking, bridge, gourmet cooking and activities with the Ashland branch of the American Association of University Women.

Michael J. Hume

During his 22 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Michael Hume has appeared in numerous productions, including "Great Society," "The Heart of Robin Hood," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," “Twelfth Night,” “Paradise Lost,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Diary of Anne Frank” and “Henry V.” A member of the Society of Directors and Choreographers (SDC), Michael has directed 40 full-scale, professional productions on both coasts. He is also a published playwright, and is the co-author of “Dogpark: The Musical” and “They Came From Way Out There!” Michael was a founding member of the Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, N.Y., and has performed with other regional theaters including the Hartford Stage Company and the South Coast Repertory. When not on stage, Michael has found time to share his love for theater with eager students at Southern Oregon University and Road Scholar participants.

Kimberley Barry

Kimberley Barry has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 35 seasons. She’s been production stage manager since 1991, managing 36 productions at the Festival — half of which were Shakespeare productions. She also managed the world premiere of "Daughters of the Revolution [Continental Divide]," both on the Festival stage in Ashland and on its tour in England. Kimberly also organizes the backstage explorations at the Festival, as well as the Daedalus Project AIDS benefit shows.

Catherine E. Coulson

Though her more than 35-year career has encompassed a myriad of roles both on stage and television, Catherine Coulson is best known for her performance as the “Log Lady” on the TV series “Twin Peaks.” Her television credits also include appearances on the shows, “Portlandia” and “Psych,” while her film work includes “Eraserhead” and “Calvin Marshall.” Catherine has joined the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for the past 19 seasons, with performances in productions including “As You Like It,” “Much Ado About Nothing” and “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” She has also performed in stage productions with the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Mark Taper Forum and Denver Center Theatre Company.

Terri McMahon

A long-time member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Acting Company, Terri McMahon has appeared in more than 50 productions, including as Lady Bird Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's two-part series "All the Way" and "Great Society," and Titania in "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Other credits include "The Taming of the Shrew," “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Macbeth,” “As You Like It,” “Julius Caesar,” and “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.” When not on stage, Terri shares her talents as a teacher in outreach, middle-school, grade school and high school programs. She has led theater and acting classes at colleges and universities, and is a favorite lecturer on Road Scholar learning adventures. Terri has performed with a number of other theaters, including La Jolla Playhouse, Arizona Theatre Company and California Shakespeare Theater. She holds a B.F.A. from the University of Southern California.

Robin Goodrin Nordli

Robin Goodrin Nordli is a classically-trained actress who has enjoyed more than 19 seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Among her many performances at OSF, she ahs appeared in “Macbeth,” “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” “Cyrano de Bergerac,” “Richard III” and “The Merchant of Venice.” Robin was the recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission 2009 Individual Artist Fellowship, and has received awards from organizations including the Bay Area Theatre Critics and Back Stage West. An adjunct professor at Southern Oregon University, Robin has also taught at National Taiwan and I-Lan universities in Taiwan, and at Peking University in China. She holds an M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater and a B.M.E. from the University of Tulsa.

Darcy Danielson

Darcy Danielson is the production music coordinator at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. During her 10 years at OSF, Darcy has served as associate music director for "The Cocoanuts" and "My Fair Lady," as well as arranger, composer and/or pianist for productions including “The Pirates of Penzance,” “The Music Man” and “The Comedy of Errors.”

Geoff Ridden

Geoff Ridden divided his time between Winchester, England and Ashland, Oregon from 2002 until 2008. He was associate dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Winchester, and has also taught Shakespeare courses at Southern Oregon University as well as giving lectures for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Geoff has performed a number of Shakespearean roles in England and the U.S. Since his retirement from the University of Winchester in 2008, he has settled permanently in Ashland, where he continues to be associated with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and with Southern Oregon University. He is also a regular volunteer-host on the Classics and News Service of Jefferson Public Radio, and has recorded audio books for Bolinda.com through Bee Audio.

Rodney Gardiner

Rodney Gardiner has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) since 2011 with roles in performances such as “The Comedy of Errors,” “Pirates of Penzance,” and “My Fair Lady.” In addition to his acting credits, Rodney performed as part of the My Fair Lady Cockney Quartet and as dance captain in “Comedy of Errors.” He has performed extensively off-Broadway and in other regional theatres including the Fountain Theatre, GableStage, and Utah Shakespeare Festival. Rodney is a writer for the Waterwell theatre company and worked with Teo Castellanos performing in jails, rehab centers, and homeless shelters in Miami, Fla. He holds degrees from the New World School of the Arts and SUNY Purchase.

Barzin Akhavan

Barzin Akhavan has been with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival company since his 2012 debut as Don Montague in “Romeo and Juliet,” and Pandarus in “Troilus and Cressida.” He performed in “Cymbeline” and “King Lear” in 2013 and “The Tempest and Water” by the Spoonful in 2014. Barzin has worked with theatre companies across the country, including Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Idaho Repertory Theatre. He performed Amir in the world premier of “The Kite Runner” with San Jose Repertory Theatre and Arizona Theatre Company in 2009. Barzin holds an M.F.A. from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

Alison Carey

Alison is the director of "American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle" at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. This 10-year cycle will commission 37 new plays sprung from moments of change, inspiration, or conflict in American history. The cycle is inspired by Shakespeare’s history plays and bringing together historians and theatres nationwide. Alison is the playwright for OSF’s 2012 production of “The Very Merry Wives of Windsor, Iowa,” an adaptation of the William Shakespeare play. She holds a B.A. from Harvard University.

Michael Maag

Michael Maag is the lighting and projection department manager at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and has been with the theatre company since 1999. He has been working in lighting and projections since 1978, coordinating projects in theatre, dance, musicals, opera, and planetariums across the U.S. Michael stays ahead of technology and applies it innovatively to use the magic of light to tell the story on stage. You’ll see his work on every production this year at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He enjoys the inexorable challenges that working at OSF brings.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
12 Expert-led lectures
2 Field trips
3 Performances

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