Thursday, September 3, 2015

Oregon Shakespeare Festival - Breaking Down Hierarchies in Theater

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is being featured in a September 6, 2015 print article in the New York Times describing its efforts to include diversity in all phases of its productions.

Bill Rauch, the festival’s artistic director since 2007, is the head of the organization committed on every level — whether it’s in commissioning plays, hiring actors, directors and other artistic staff, or reaching out to new audiences — to broadening its cultural reach and its diversity.

As he noted in a phone interview: “The theater in general lags behind in representing the America of today and the future. So we in leadership positions need to do everything we can to reflect the world we live in.”