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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Paul Nicholson

Paul Nicholson was the executive director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for 17 years, retiring at the end of 2012. Prior to his appointment in 1995, he served as OSF’s general manager for 16 years. Paul has been a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Oregon, and is a frequent speaker at regional and national arts conferences. He has consulted with many U.S. arts organizations and is actively involved in arts advocacy for the state of Oregon. Paul has served or serves on many local boards, and on the national level, was on the Theater Communications Group (TCG) board for seven years. He has a graduate level business degree from Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand..

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.

Oona Meade

Oona Meade has had over 18 years of experience in makeup, focusing on fashion, film, theatre, medical and day-to-day application. She is also knowledgeable about hair, from wig making, styling, cutting and coloring. Oona moved to Ashland in 2004 to accept a position in the hair and makeup room at the world renowned Shakespeare Festival. She had previously worked at the Seattle Opera and The Seattle Repertory Theatre, both in hair and makeup capacities. She now resides in Ashland, where she has her own esthetician practice called Hipmamastyling, her own skincare line called Komboona and teaches part-time at Southern Oregon University through the Shakespeare outreach program.

Armando Duran

Armando Duran has performed in over 30 shows in his 14 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In addition to his work at OSF, he has performed on the stages of the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, the Yale Repertory Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and the California Repertory Company (among others). He holds an MFA from Long Beach State University.

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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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