Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board Of Directors Announces Tim Bond As OSF’s New Artistic Director

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ASHLAND, Ore. (July 6, 2023) – The Oregon Shakespeare Festival Board of Directors announces its appointment of Tim Bond as its new Artistic Director, effective September 1. The position will be a homecoming for Bond, who served as an Associate Artistic Director at OSF for 11 seasons from 1996 to 2007, and who has longstanding roots in Ashland, where he has a home. During his time with OSF, he directed 12 productions, promoted equity and inclusion efforts throughout the company, and created the FAIR Program, which cultivates the next generation of theatre artists and administrators from diverse backgrounds. Bond, whose theatre career spans more than three decades, has been serving as Artistic Director for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley since 2020.

“Tim Bond is an award-winning leader in the American theater community, and OSF is delighted to welcome him back,” says OSF Board Chair Diane Yu. “His lengthy and deep relationship with OSF includes serving as a frequent director of both Shakespeare and other memorable plays over the years. His stature and accomplishments as an artist include introducing prominent new and classic works and he is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s foremost interpreters of the works of August Wilson, which we all witnessed when he directed Wilson’s ‘How I Learned What I Learned’ at OSF last year. He is a great fit for OSF as it embarks on a new chapter.”

Bond began his career in Seattle with Seattle Group Theatre in 1984, where he directed more than 20 productions, many that were West Coast and World Premieres. In addition to his previous role at OSF, he is an internationally known director and educator with past leadership roles as Producing Artistic Director at Syracuse Stage, Artistic Director at Seattle Group Theatre, and full Professor and Head of the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Washington School of Drama.

“I am honored to return to OSF to serve as Artistic Director during these challenging times,” says Bond. “I care deeply about this company and the Ashland community, and will be devoting my immediate focus on restoring , healing, and reinvigorating this national artistic treasure as it embarks on its 89th season.”

Bond has directed nationally and internationally at Market Theatre, Baxter Theatre Centre, Guthrie Theater, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, BAM, The Wilma Theater, Arena Stage, Alliance Theatre, GEVA Theatre Center, Cleveland Play House, Indiana Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, PCPA, Arizona Theatre Co., Portland Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, A Contemporary Theatre, Empty Space Theatre, Paul Robeson Theatre, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. He is the recipient of two Backstage West Garland Awards, two Syracuse Area Live Theatre (SALT) Awards, and a Dallas-Fort Worth Critics Forum Award. Recent credits include the acclaimed productions of Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer ( TheatreWorks), How I Learned What I Learned (OSF, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Gem of the Ocean (TheatreWorks), The Children (Seattle Rep), and Pass Over (A Contemporary Theatre).

Associate Artistic Director and Director of Artistic Programming, Evren Odcikin, will serve as Interim Artistic Director through September 15, allowing for an overlap with Bond’s start date.

“OSF is a very special place, and I am honored to be asked to serve in this new capacity,” says Odcikin, who has overseen the producing of five seasons, and helped guide the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic, the aftermath of the devastating Almeda Fire, and multiple leadership changes. “My focus for the last year has been to support the OSF artists, crews, and staff as we worked relentlessly to secure the 2023 Season and I launched the programming process for the 2024 Season. I look forward to continuing that work over the next few months as Tim Bond returns to OSF. Following that, I’m excited to focus on my own artistry as a director and writer — something that has taken a back seat over the last four years.”

Since 2019, Odcikin has overseen the programming and producing of all in-person programming at OSF, including repertory productions and the Green Show. He has shepherded 32 productions at OSF, including the world premiere of the company’s first holiday show, It’s Christmas, Carol!; world and West Coast premieres of new works by Kirsten Childs, Mona Mansour, Dominique Morisseau, Qui Nguyen, Karen Zacarias, Amir Nizar Zuabi, and reimagined classics by directors such as Shariffa Ali, Lili-Anne Brown, Nataki Garrett, Kent Gash, Henry Godinez, Tiffany Nichole Greene, Rosa Joshi, and Dawn Monique Williams, amongst many others. As a director and writer, he has worked at OSF, Guthrie Theater, A.R.T., Woolly Mammoth, PlayCo, New York Theatre Workshop, Geva Theatre Center, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, the Lark, Kennedy Center, The Civilians, InterAct (Philadelphia), Cleveland Public Theatre, TheatreSquared, Magic Theatre, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread Productions, TheatreFirst, and Playwrights Foundation amongst many others.

“The Board of Directors is immensely grateful to Evren for stepping up so efficiently and effectively to keep the artistic work at the Festival on an even keel and at our customary high levels of excellence during the current transition period,” says Yu. “He has exerted considerable efforts to ensure that the artists, crews and staff are well-supported as the 2023 season continues to unfold. He has been a steady presence with audiences, donors, and partners since he started at OSF, but especially in the last two months. We are most fortunate to have him as our Interim Artistic Director.”

As Artistic Director, Bond will manage and lead all artistic and production staff; select and curate season offerings; set the artistic vision for the organization; and co-lead OSF alongside the Executive Director and leadership team. He will report to OSF’s Board of Directors.

Photo of Tim Bond from OSF Facebook post announcing his return. 

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