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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

by Georgina Young-Ellis
5 August 2018
Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders

by Annalisa Dias, Eissa Saeed, Amrita Ramanan, Abhi Shrestha
29 May 2018
Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives
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Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives

by Mary Kathryn Nagle, Robert Goodwin
28 May 2018
Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest
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Teatro Línea de Sombra Connects with Portland, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

5 August 2018

Georgina Young-Ellis looks at the history of the innovative Mexican theatre company Teatro Línea de Sombra, its connection to Portland, Oregon, and two of their projects: Amarillo and Rebuilding Small Territories.

Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders
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Colonization is Global, but Brown Has No Borders

29 May 2018

Four South Asian theatremakers discuss global decolonization, reclaiming narratives, language and representation in theatre, and more.

Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives
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Decolonizing Creation Processes by Reclaiming Narratives

28 May 2018

Robert Goodwin and Mary Kathryn Nagle discuss decolonizing Western theatre, linear narrative structures, the historic silencing of underrepresented voices, Shakespeare, and more.

Playwrights Say #NeverAgain
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Playwrights Say #NeverAgain

8 May 2018

Rachael Carnes discusses organizing Playwrights Say Never Again to School Shootings, a new anthology of work on gun violence by nineteen playwrights with readings all over the United States.

Manahatta's Gender Flip
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Manahatta's Gender Flip

Equity in Action

2 April 2018

Holly Derr discusses the dramaturgical implications of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle changing one of her characters to a woman in her newest play Manahatta, which premiered at Oregon Shakespeare Festival in March 2018.

Off the Rails
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Off the Rails

Look at Shakespeare, See a Native Play

22 January 2018

Off the Rails, which was produced at OSF in October, shows how Native plays can include depictions or descriptions of Native history as an element of lived experience, not as the entirety of the play’s purpose.

Addressing Environmental Topics in Theatre by Using Greenturgy
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Addressing Environmental Topics in Theatre by Using Greenturgy

2 January 2018

Holly Derr interrogates green(drama)turgy at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and how stories can be used to reconnect people to their physical world.

An Immersive Experience with Community
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An Immersive Experience with Community

Take Them Into the Dirt

6 December 2017

Precious Yamaguchi takes part in Take Them Into the Dirt, a participatory production at OSF about legacy, storytelling, memory, and identity.

Letters from Canadians to Americans
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Letters from Canadians to Americans

Yvette Nolan

14 February 2017

In the first installment of this new series, a collaboration with Canada’s SpiderWebShow, Yvette Nolan ponders the porous boundary between the United States and Canada, and the importance of theatrical communication in difficult political times.

Notes on A Year of Diversity Programming
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Notes on A Year of Diversity Programming

7 February 2017

Artistic Director Josh Hecht reports on the first year of Profile Theatre’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative, and shares insight from the process. 

Ignited
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Ignited

El Payaso in Flint

2 February 2017

Olga Sanchez on the writing and production process of El Payaso by Emilio Rodriguez at Milagro Theatre in Portland, OR.

Edward Albee’s Kindest Character
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Edward Albee’s Kindest Character

11 November 2016

Playwright Jacob Juntunen remembers Edward Albee’s generosity toward other playwrights.

Roe and the American Revolutions Cycle at OSF
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Roe and the American Revolutions Cycle at OSF

Dramatic, Present, and Human

10 September 2016

In this cultural moment of divisiveness, how is one of the true stories of abortion theatricalized? Holly Derr considers Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s co-production of Roe by Lisa Loomer. 

Radical Empathy, Embodied Pedagogy, and Climate Change Theatre
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Radical Empathy, Embodied Pedagogy, and Climate Change Theatre

20 April 2016

Director and educator Theresa May writes about the potential of theatre about climate change to affect hearts and minds.

Que Onda? Interview with Nelda Reyes, Rose Cano, and Carmen Aguirre
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Que Onda? Interview with Nelda Reyes, Rose Cano, and Carmen Aguirre

13 April 2016

Christopher Goodson interviews Latina theatre artists Nelda Reyes, Rose Cano, and Carmen Aguirre about their thoughts on the current climate for Latina/o work in the Pacific Northwest.

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.

Where Thou Art
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Where Thou Art

PortLAND

19 February 2016

In the first installment of her new series, Joan Marie Hurwit writes about spending time in Portland, Oregon, and how art is playing a role in a city in transition.

A Year of Directing Dangerously
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A Year of Directing Dangerously

7 February 2016

Patrick Walsh discusses his work within the prison Two Rivers Correctional Facility and how it revived him and his commitment to theatre.

Moving From Event to Tradition
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Moving From Event to Tradition

A Report from the Latino/a Play Project at Oregon Shakespeare Festival

3 November 2015

Brian Sonia-Wallace writes about his experience at the Latino/a Play Project at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Spelunking with Shakespeare
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Spelunking with Shakespeare

30 September 2015

Lue Douthit, director of literary development at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, discusses the history and rationale of the Play on! Project with OSF to translate 39 of Shakespeare’s plays.

Theatre Artists Unite Around Climate Change Action
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Theatre Artists Unite Around Climate Change Action

Moving to Movement

25 September 2015

Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Alison Carey writes about the upcoming Green Room, an online space for theatre artists to come together around climate change action.

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.

Gratitude for Bill Rauch and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
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Gratitude for Bill Rauch and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

19 August 2015

Jacob Padrón talks with Bill Rauch, artistic director of Oregon Shakespeare Festival, about leadership, mentorship, and gratitude.

Native Theatre in Oregon
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Native Theatre in Oregon

26 June 2015

Waylon Lenk considers how the University of Oregon and Southern Oregon University are doing Native theatre and compares their models to his approach to organizing a reading series by Native authors at Oregon State University.

Interview with Steven Sapp
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Interview with Steven Sapp

15 December 2011

Erin Washington interviews Steven Sapp about his process with Universes, and their show Party People at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.