Actor Jason Sanford leads local students in a workshop.

Local Programs

While the following programs are for schools and teachers in the Ashland area, we also offer a variety of classes, activities, and events for school groups visiting from outside the Rogue Valley. Or, invite us into your school through the School Visit Program.

2013 Bowmer Project for Student Playgoers Post Show Discussion. Photo: Jenny Graham

The Bowmer Project for Student Playgoers

Every year the Bowmer Project provides tickets to twelve high school and middle school classes (15 – 35 students per class) in Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Siskiyou Counties.

Prior to the students' visit, teachers attend special workshops that offer strategies for teaching the plays their students will attend. 

During the program the students make two separate visits to the Festival where they see two plays, attend a Backstage Tour and participate in a post-show discussion led by an OSF company member. 

All students who complete the program receive a pass to attend selected plays with a guest during the season. 

Participating 2014 Bowmer Project Schools are Ashland Middle; Butteville Elementary; Crater School of Business, Innovation and Science; Golden Eagle Charter; Illinois Valley High; Lincoln Savage Middle; North Medford High; Phoenix High; Rogue River High; Scott Valley Junior High; St. Mary's and White Mountain Middle.

Applications for 2015 will be made available in mid-April. Please check back then!

Bowmer Project Sponsors
Wells Fargo
The Carpenter Foundation

The Ashland Schools Project

This program, offered to all schools in the Ashland School District, provides a variety of learning opportunities:

  • Students in the 6th through 8th grades see a 40-minute adaptation of a current OSF production presented by OSF actors and 7th and 8th graders will participate in Shakespeare workshops. 
  • Freshman English students at Ashland High School participate in a Prologue, attend a current OSF production in the Angus Bowmer Theatre, and join in a follow-up discussion with a member of the cast. 
  • Teachers from any Ashland school bringing students to see a play at OSF can schedule a prepatory class in their classroom taught by company members.
Ashland High School Partnership

OSF and Ashland High School formed a school-business partnership in the fall of 1993 in response to Measure 5, which greatly reduced education funds in Oregon. Under the terms of the partnership, OSF company members teach a master class at the high school each year. In return, students find creative ways to give back to OSF company members. 

Teacher Appreciation

The Education department's eighth annual Teacher Appreciation Evening was March 15, 2014. Teachers from Jackson, Josephine, Klamath and Siskiyou counties gathered with OSF company members for a wine and cheese reception followed by a complimentary performance of The Tempest.

2014 Teacher Appreciation Event
Kim Lockett, North Medford High School and Lydia Garcia, OSF Literary Associate. Photo by Jenny Graham

Each year this event serves as a way to say thank you to teachers and educators in the Rogue Valley community for their hard work, patience and dedication. Please check back in September, 2014 for details about Teacher Appreciation 2015!