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Bill Rauch

Bill Rauch has been artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival since 2007. Previously, he collaborated with communities nationwide for 20 years as co-founder and artistic director of Cornerstone Theater Company. He directed All the Way on Broadway (Tony Award for Best Play, 2014), and productions at American Repertory Theatre, Arena Stage, Lincoln Center, Yale Rep, South Coast Rep, Seattle Rep, Mark Taper Forum, and the Guthrie, among many others. His many awards include a Ford Fellowship, the Fichandler, TCG’s Visionary Leadership Award, and the Margo Jones Medal. He lives in Ashland with his husband and two sons.

The Final Frontier Is the Audience
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The Final Frontier Is the Audience

Nataki Garrett and Bill Rauch in Conversation, Part II

30 June 2019

Part II of the conversation between Bill Rauch and Nataki Garrett—the outgoing and incoming artistic directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival—touches on inspiring leadership choices, pacing yourself, and cultivating diverse audiences.

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Getting Out of the Way So That You Can Listen to the Challenge
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Getting Out of the Way So That You Can Listen to the Challenge

Nataki Garrett and Bill Rauch in Conversation, Part I

27 June 2019

Part I of the conversation between Bill Rauch and Nataki Garrett—the outgoing and incoming artistic directors of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival—touches on personal values, gratitude, and how the joy lives in the struggle.

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Aligning Values with Actions
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Aligning Values with Actions

Bill Rauch and Diane Ragsdale in Conversation

28 October 2018

Bill Rauch, the inaugural artistic director of the Perelman Performing Arts Center, and Diane Ragsdale, assistant professor at the New School, sit down to discuss long overlaps between outgoing and incoming leaders; equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives; the responsibility of an artistic leader is the time of #MeToo and #TimesUp; and more.

Why Luis Alfaro, Why Oregon Shakespeare Festival?
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Why Luis Alfaro, Why Oregon Shakespeare Festival?

15 March 2016

Bill Rauch and Luis Alfaro talk about their connection to each other's work and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

And Somehow, Miraculously, We Have A Season
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And Somehow, Miraculously, We Have A Season

13 September 2015

In this first post in our series on season planning, Oregon Shakespeare Festival artistic director Bill Rauch discusses the process for programming his eleven-show seasons.