Lorrraine Hansberry visiting professor and guest director Tom Bond, of the Oregon Shakespeare Company, watches the cast during a rehearsal of University Theatre's production of Lorraine Hansberry's 'Les Blancs.' &Copy;UW-Madison University Communications 608/262-0067 Photo by: Jeff Miller Date: 10/03 File#: D100 digital camera frame 9191

OSF official moves on to theater in NY

Tim Bond, outgoing associate artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has been hired as the new producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage at Syracuse University in New York, the university announced Thursday.

Bond served for 11 years at OSF. The 2007 season is his last because of a restructuring announced by incoming OSF Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who this year replaced Libby Appel, who is retiring.

Bond directed 12 productions at OSF, including works by Shakespeare, August Wilson, Suzan-Lori Parks, Edward Albee, Lorraine Hansberry, Lynn Nottage, Octavio Solis and Pearl Cleage.

He spent 13 years with the Seattle Group Theatre, serving as artistic director from 1991 through 1996. He directed more than 20 plays there and oversaw the largest capital campaign in the company's history, culminating in the completion of a new theater complex in the Seattle Center.

He has directed plays at The Guthrie, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House and Indiana Repertory Theatre. In spring 2008, he will direct Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" for Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.

Syracuse University said in a press release, "Bond's artistic leadership has been characterized by a dedication to exploring the full spectrum of theatrical experience as well as promoting educational opportunities for emerging artists."

During his tenure at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Bond helped increase the diversity of the resident acting company and design teams. He also was a strong advocate for multicultural casting in productions of Shakespeare and other classical plays, the press release said.

"In addition, he founded a nationwide apprentice training program and fellowship award for young artists and administrators of color. He also achieved national recognition for the Seattle Group Theatre by co-founding the Multicultural Playwrights Festival, which supported staged readings and workshop productions of more than 50 plays by American playwrights of color."

Bond received a Theatre Communications Group/National Endowment for the Arts Directing Fellowship Award, and has twice won Backstage West's Garland Award for Outstanding Direction, for "Les Blancs" (1998) and "Blues for an Alabama Sky" (1997).

He holds a master's degree from the University of Washington and has taught at UW, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, the Juilliard School and Seattle's Cornish Institute.

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