A New Beginning in Ashland, Oregon

Today was my first official day as an apprentice at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. My first impression is that everyone is helpful and friendly and wants to make sure that you are comfortable. I truly appreciate everyone’s help and generosity. If you make a mistake and apologize, people seem to be very understanding. People seem to love what they do and enjoy who they work with. It’s a very refreshing element in this company. I’ve met people who are not only in costumes, but in areas that range from the box office to dramaturgy to set design. I really like how the Oregon Shakespeare Festival focuses on the language of the plays and has a literary office to give attention to these details.

So far I’ve met the FAIR (Fellowships, Assistanships, Internships, and Residencies) experience manager, who is not only extremely friendly (she gave me a hug when I first met her), but also has many goals for the FAIR program. Many of the people that are in the program now are working on completing or have already received their Master’s Degree. Two are assistant directing, one is stage managing, one is working in lights, another is in sound design/music, and another has won a fellowship for scene design. Today I also got to meet my mentor, and many other people from the costume shop. I’m very excited that I know two girls who have worked at the Utah Shakespearean Festival with me. One is an assistant designer who worked with me as a stitcher on “Romeo and Juliet” my first season at Utah Shakespearean Festival!

As far as my living situation goes, I’m only a block behind the campus. I live in a basement apartment that’s basically like a studio. There is a family above me who works at the festival as well. I have my own place, and I was told that everyone has their own apartment while working at the festival. Ashland has been rainy so far and I still need to find a laundromat and go back to the grocery store. I chose to go to the organic food store that was behind the house we stayed at with the MSC group; it seems to be the closest so far.

Overall I have many goals for myself. I already will start stitching on an industrial–something I’m anxious about and have been wanting to learn how to use. For those of you who are curious, I plan on taking pictures and will post them when I get time! I’m thinking of all of you and hope you are well!


  1. Suzi

    Hi Brooke!

    It was great to hear from you and read about your latest adventure! I did not realise that you were in Oregon! I hope you love every minute of it and I’m looking forward to those photos! Take some of your flat as well!

    Hope your holidays have been wonderful. Mike and I have been enjoying ours! We are still celebrating…

    Take care and keep in touch… We love you Brooke!

    Suzi Creme Cheeze

  2. Kate

    WOW! This sounds like so much fun! You’ll have a great time in Oregon =)
    Be sure to post LOTS of pics for me to see. This is SO COOL!

  3. Jeanine

    Hi Brooke –

    I knew this would be a marvelous experience for you. I can’t wait to hear about your continued adventures. If you don’t mind, I will post your blog entries on my board for all to read (as their might be some other students interested!) Take care and know I am thinking of you.

    Love, Jeanine

  4. Viablo

    BROOKE! I’m so glad that you got this awesome opportunity in such a prestigious program. 🙂 I’m so bummed that I didn’t get to see you before you left, but hey, we’ll chat! Hope you get a great career boost, and who knows, maybe a hardcore job outta this. Love ya!!!!

  5. Babbling Brookie

    If you would like to leave the blog on your board, please feel free to do so. I hope this will encourage more students to explore and see what’s out there!

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