A Feast for the Senses: Award-Winning Theatre in Historic Ashland
See what Ashland is famous for at three Shakespeare festival productions, then discover the city’s thriving art, food and wine scenes through the eyes of local artisans.
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Program No. 19886RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Enjoy the Oregon Shakespeare Festival from downtown Ashland, Oregon, a charming small town with a generous helping of big-city sophistication. This inviting town is now a hotspot for award-winning theatre, fine food and wonderful wine. From your home at an exquisitely restored historic hotel, explore the lively Ashland culture alongside thrilling lectures and riveting performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Enhance your theatre experience with an exploration of the Ashland area and a visit to a local winery to sample some of the region's best vintages.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles a day over hilly terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Attend three performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and meet actors and company members who provide rich context for each play.
  • Learn about an aspect of theatrical production ranging from costume or scene design to stage management and beyond.
  • Top off your culinary experience with a seasonal, three-course meal and chef demonstration highlighting local ingredients from Southern Oregon.
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Susan Stitham
For more than 30 years, Susan Stitham has taught English and history to students of all ages, ranging from seventh grade students to adult students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fairbanks, Alaska. One of her favorite classes that she taught was a semester of Shakespeare to underachieving 12th graders. While teaching this class, she saw how powerfully Shakespeare speaks to everyone, even teenagers in the 21st century. In 1992, Susan received the prestigious Milken National Educator Award. Since moving to Ashland in 2010, Susan has been teaching "Shakespeare 101" classes at Ashland OLLI, introducing Oregon Shakespeare Festival plays to folks who want some help with language, conventions and background in increasing their enjoyment of the productions.
Tyrone Wilson
Susan Stitham
Suzanne Seiber
Oona Meade
Kimberley Barry
Terri McMahon
Suzanne Witucki
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