Oregon Shakespeare Festival receives $5M donation

Roberta and David Elliott gave $5 million to endow the Festival's Artistic Opportunity Fund

A portrait of William Shakespeare is seen in the Third Folio (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
A portrait of William Shakespeare is seen in the Third Folio (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has received a $5 million donation, the second-largest individual contribution the festival has ever received.

The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Roberta and David Elliott gave $5 million to endow the Festival’s Artistic Opportunity Fund, which allows the festival to pursue significant artistic opportunities.

The festival presents and eight-month season of 11 plays that include works by Shakespeare and inspired by Shakespeare, including classics, musicals and new works.

The festival draws more than 400,000 people to almost 800 performances every year and employs approximately 575 theater professionals.

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