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OSF awarded $10 million grant over five years

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival celebrated the first day of 2023 season ticket sales on Wednesday — and announced a $10 million grant from the Hitz Foundation payable over the next five years to help OSF along the road to financial sustainability.

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Threats to OSF under investigation; organization to meet monthly with APD

Death threats made to Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett and other staff that started in January have also been made in the “recent” past — within the past three months — according to David Schmitz, executive director of OSF. Schmitz met with Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara earlier this month, along with a security firm hired by OSF, and said plans are in place to meet monthly regarding security.

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OSF raised $484,000 at in-person gala celebration on Saturday

As part of its annual gala weekend celebration, Oregon Shakespeare Festival met its fundraising goal and then some on Saturday, raising $484,000. Fundraising efforts will continue for OSF, as the nonprofit prepares for a budget shortfall in the “millions” this year, according to Diane Yu, chair of the OSF Board of Directors.

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OSF artistic director responds to death threats, program criticism

The news that Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Nataki Garrett received death threats early this year and has traveled with security since then has drawn an outpouring of support for her from the national theater community since National Public Radio broke the story Sept. 28. News of the threats and the messages of support were the subject of articles in recent days in Broadway World, Playbill and The Hollywood Reporter.

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OHRA mission: Moving people from crisis to stability

Options for Helping Residents of Ashland purchased an underutilized Ashland motel and transformed it into The OHRA Center: a year-round low-barrier shelter with 52 rooms for guests; a resource center with a professional staff of six to assist anyone seeking help with rent, jobs, utilities, benefits and more; and a permanent home for the shower trailer.

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