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Oregon Shakespeare Festival gets $3 million from Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

 Posted: 2:00 AM October 15, 2013

ASHLAND — The Oregon Shakespeare Festival received a $3 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which will support marketing, stage works, and maintenance and restoration of buildings, OSF announced Friday.

The name of the Elizabethan Stage/Allen Pavilion in Ashland will be changed to the Allen Elizabethan Theatre.

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

The grant brings the foundation's contributions to more than $11 million since 1993, festival officials said. The money will go into the festival's general operating budget.

The contribution will allow more flexibility for OSF organizers, said OSF spokeswoman Amy Richard.

"They're giving us the latitude to prioritize," she said. "Because of the age of the theatre, it needs work. These funds will allow us to address some of those issues."

The Allen foundation provided the lead gifts for construction of the Allen Pavilion in 1993. It also awarded the festival with the lead gift for construction of the New Theatre in 2002, which was renamed the Thomas Theatre in 2012.

OSF officials said the foundation has also provided support for other theater programs.

"The Allen family's history of participation and support at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is nothing short of inspirational," said OSF Executive Director Cynthia Ryder.

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