Biola Shakespeare



Ashland, OR, USA

For more information:

E-mail Dr. Aaron Kleist
Department of English

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An immersive experience into the world of Shakespearean text and theater, Biola Shakespeare is a six-unit academic program centered around the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) in Ashland, Oregon. Though it offers more than Shakespeare over its eight-and-a-half month season, OSF hosts some of the best Shakespearean theater in the world, rivaled only perhaps by the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Ontario and by England’s Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon. The program involves four days of studying Shakespearean plays and films at Biola, workshops and performances by OSF actors at Biola, ten days at a beautiful Ashland retreat center, a guided backstage tour of the three OSF theaters, and workshops and tutorials by OSF actors. Participants see an average of eight or more plays (around thirty hours in the theater) and receive six units of credit, selected from ENGL 370 (Studies in English Lit), ENGL 400 (Intro to Shakespeare), ENGL 430 (Special Studies in Lit), ENGL 440 (Major Authors), ENGL 460 (Literary Genres), and/or ENGL 482 (Ethnic Lit). Admission is by application only, with preference given to early applicants.