We’ve just met the inspiring Cynthia Rider, Executive Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ashland. She joined the company about a year and a half ago and arrived with huge experience from of the professional theatre. In this extract, she speaks to us about why the idea of Oregon matters to the North American cultural consciousness and a little about the founding vision of this extraordinary phenomenon.
Here is a picture of Shakespeare on the Road team presenting our special commemorative plaque to Cynthia who received it on behalf of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival earlier today. It’s made from a cedar tree that used to grown in the garden of Shakespeare’s Birthplace and has been specially designed and made by Greg Wyatt, Sculptor in Residence at St John the Divine Cathedral, New York.
Left to right: A.J. Leon, Paul Prescott, Melissa Leon, Cynthia Rider, Paul Edmondson