Department of English
Phone: (509) 527-2862

Shakespeare at Ashland Tour

Shakespeare at Ashland 2015

The dates for the Shakespeare at Ashland class (ENGL 360) for the 2015 summer are August 17-21. The 2015 tour plays: Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing, Pericles, and Stan Lai's Secret Love In Peach Blossom.

Shakespeare at Ashland convenes in Ashland, Oregon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) the week following summer session. The WWU course offers two hours of upper-division Humanities General Studies credit. The tour typically includes four Shakespeare plays--a mix of comedies, histories, and tragedies. The class size is usually around ten.

Students provide their own transportation and should arrive at the Ashland Commons hostel Monday evening. Classes are held from 10-noon Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the hostel and Friday morning at 10:30am near the "Green Show" stage on "The Bricks." Wednesday morning's Backstage Tour visits all three theaters. The class concludes at noon on Friday.

Students read the plays ahead of time and write a short essay on each, based on a choice of questions. About two weeks after the class a five-page paper on one play is due.

Students register in April or May and must pay by May 31. Later registration is possible by permission of the instructor. The cost is $1320 and includes tuition, tickets, lodging, per diem, and an English department fee to cover its expenses.

Students have part of their afternoons free to enjoy the bookstores, parks, and shops of Ashland. Before each evening's play a free "Green Show" of Renaissance or modern music and dance happens on "The Bricks," the courtyard in front of the theaters. The "Green Show" is different every evening and designed to complement the outdoor theater play for that evening.

The WWU Shakespeare at Ashland tour, begun in 1993, is offered every other year.

To have your name added to our emailing list or if you have other questions, please email Ron Jolliffe or call (509) 527-2861. The OSF website is

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Last update on June 11, 2015