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Nataki Garrett, OSF Artistic Director, has Resigned



Tonya Graham, Mayor
City of Ashland


On May 5, 2023, the OSF (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) Artistic Director, Nataki Garrett, resigned. Garrett’s last day will be May 31, 2023. The OSF Board of Directors will guide the organization during this transitional phase.
On April 11, 2023, OSF launched a fundraising campaign, “The Show Must Go On, Save our Season, Save OSF.” The emergency fundraising campaign has a goal of raising $2.5M to help complete their 2023 Season successfully. The emergency campaign wasn’t exclusively to OSF, rather it is an epidemic in theatres across the country. Garrett’s successful fundraising efforts and testimony before Congress and the Oregon Legislature have been critically important for OSF and Ashland’s visitor economy.

At the April 13, 2023, City Council meeting, a Proclamation of Support was signed by the Mayor, who called upon the local community to continue to support OSF. “OSF is an important anchor for the Ashland community and for the Southern Oregon region, contributing significantly to Ashland’s and the Rogue Valley’s quality of life. OSF is a part of Ashland’s unique character,” stated Ashland Mayor, Tonya Graham. (Read the Proclamation)
The City of Ashland thanks Garrett for her service to the community and for initiating the fundraising efforts before leaving OSF. The City wishes her the best and will continue to offer partnership and unwavering support to OSF.  

“We are better together!”

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