Shows & Lectures | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Thank you for your interest in this alumni opportunity, unfortunately this event has been canceled due to the impact of COVID-19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival was founded in 1935 and it's one of the oldest and largest professional non-profit theatres in the nation.

Learn more about the iconic Shakespeare shows we'll attend and the discussions we'll enjoy.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

By William Shakespeare
Performed at the Angus Bowmer Theatre

"The course of true love never did run smooth"

Hermia loves Lysander, Demetrius loves Hermia, Helena loves Demetrius, Theseus and Hippolyta are almost newlyweds and the already-complex marriage of the immortal queen and king of Fairyland is further complicated when one of them falls for an amateur actor-turned-ass. Intrigued by the theory that Shakespeare wrote this play as a wedding gift, director Joseph Haj (who helmed 2015’s much-beloved Pericles) probes the pitfalls and pay-offs of relationships, be they budding or eternal. Seeking out the grace, beauty and delight embedded in the comedy, this joyful, music-laden production invites us to feel as well as laugh. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival does not allow for late seating or children under 6. For more information about their policies, please visit their webpage

The Tempest

The Tempest 

By William Shakespeare
Performed at the Allen Elizabethan Theatre

"A sea-change into something rich and strange"

Prospero, the exiled duke of Milan, has been raising his daughter on mystical island and using magic to subjugate its natives. Twelve years after banishment, with vengeance weighing heavily on his mind, Prospero turns his powers toward a passing ship carrying his enemies and the king of Naples, causing it to wreck in a storm. As the castaways find themselves at the mercy of his supernatural machinations, Prospero comes face to face with the past, an opportunity to find long-lost justice, and the hope of returning to his rightful place in the world. With a cast of familiar OSF actors, Nicholas C. Avila directs an exploration of the good, the bad and the gray areas of human nature. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival shows will be performed rain or shine and they do not allow for late seating or children under 6. For more information about their policies, please visit their webpage


Actor Q&A SessionBackstage tour

Deepen your experience and discover what's behind the shows at an exclusive session with an Oregon Shakespeare Festival company actor. Learn more about how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival works, the many ways the theatre intersects art with storytelling and the intricacies of operating a theatre in repertory.


Professor Elizabeth TavaresProfessor Tavares

Elizabeth E. Tavares (she/her/hers) is an interdisciplinary scholar of Medieval and Renaissance literature and performance.

Tavares's scholarship and reviews have appeared in or are forthcoming from Shakespeare Studies, Shakespeare Bulletin, Notes & Queries, Shakespeare, Scene, The Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, and The Map of Early Modern London, among others. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Mellon Foundation, Early Modern Conversions, Folger Shakespeare Library, Huntington Library, Newberry Library, and Society for Theatre Research. This research has been recognized with prizes from the Medieval & Renaissance Drama Society and Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities. 

Learn more about Professor Tavares on her faculty biography.

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