Keynote Speaker

Conference Luncheon:  12:00 – 2:00 Saturday 5 March 2011

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; photo courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Mid-America Theatre Conference, March 3-6, 2011

Conference Keynote Speaker

Bill Rauch, Artistic Director

Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Bill Rauch was named Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2007.  Prior to his appointment, Bill completed a 20-year journey as co-founder and artistic director of the Cornerstone Theater Company, where he directed over 40 of the company’s productions, many of them collaborations with diverse communities across the nation.  During this time he also built a career in regional theatre, directing at the Lincoln Center Theater, the Guthrie Theater, Mark Taper Forum, Pasadena Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, and many others.  Bill first came to OSF as a director in 2002, staging Robert Schenkkan’s Handler. In subsequent seasons, he directed  the world premiere of Bill Cain’s Equivocation,  Hamlet, The Merchant of Venice, The Music Man, The Clay Cart, Romeo and Juliet, Hedda Gabler, The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler, The Comedy of Errors, By the Waters of Babylon and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. In 2011, he is directing Measure for Measure and The Pirates of Penzance. In October of 2008 he was named a United States Artists Prudential Fellow, and is the recipient of the 2009 Margo Jones Medal.  In 2010 he was a Panelist for the Fund for National Projects, Doris Duke Foundation. A sampling of his many other awards for direction include DramaLogue, Garland, Connecticut Critics’ Circle, Helen Hayes and Ovation Awards, and he is the only artist to have won the inaugural “Leadership for a Changing World” award. Bill lives in Ashland with his husband Christopher and their two sons Liam and Xavier

**Bill Rauch photo courtesy of Oregon Shakespeare Festival.