OSF receives $1 million foundation grant

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has been chosen by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to receive a $1 million grant to aid the festival as it adapts to changing conditions in the performing arts arena.

OSF is among five arts organizations to receive a grant under the pilot project, which awards organizations with a strong track record of adaptability. American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass.; On the Boards in Seattle; Wesleyan University's Center for the Arts in Middletown, Conn.; and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. also received grants ranging from $300,000 to $1 million.

The grants were not open for application. An anonymous panel identified five organizations they believed had demonstrated a sustained ability to innovate and experiment.

Use of the grants funds include, but are not limited to, staff expansion, creation of capital reserves, professional development, technology, board, and staff retreats and consultants.

Founded in 1935, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival presents an eight-month season consisting of four plays by William Shakespeare and seven that represent a mix of classics, musicals and new works. The festival draws attendance of more than 400,000 to almost 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 people.

In 2008, OSF launched "American Revolutions: the United States History Cycle," a 10-year cycle of commissioning new plays that has already resulted in several OSF commissions finding success nationwide, including the Broadway-bound "All The Way," which won the inaugural Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History in 2013.

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