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Oregon Shakespeare Festival receives $3 million grant

 Posted: 2:55 PM October 11, 2013

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival received a $3 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the festival reported in a news release.

The grant will support stage work, maintenance and restoration of buildings, and marketing, according to the release. The funds will go into the festival's general operating budget.

The Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion in Ashland will also change its name to the Allen Elizabethan Theatre. The grant brings the foundation's total monetary contributions to OSF to more than $11 million, festival officials said.

"OSF has been an Allen family tradition for many decades, and we're proud to support this exceptional theater group," Paul Allen said in the release. "Without a doubt it is one of the, if not the, top drama festivals in the country."

The foundation provided the lead gifts for construction of the Allen Pavilion in 1993. The theater's name was then changed to the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion. They also awarded the festival with the lead gift for construction of the New Theatre in 2002, which changed its name to the Thomas Theatre in 2012 when a group of donors met that original gift.

"To have our largest theatre bear the name of one of our most loyal and generous supporters seems altogether fitting. We couldn't be more delighted to be able to recognize their generosity in this way," OSF Executive Director Cynthia Ryder said.

— Ryan Pfeil

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