When OPB first met Nataki Garrett, she was brand new to the job as artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She was excited to bring her vision to Ashland, stepping into this key role at “one of the biggest theaters in the industry, that has one of the most important impacts” in the theatre world, she told us.

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But within months of that interview, just as we were about to share her story, the coronavirus firmly brought the curtain down, shuttering all her theatres for more than a year.

Now the festival is reopening, with a full calendar of plays announced for 2022, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s new holiday show, debuting on Nov. 23.

Garrett has dedicated her first fully programmed season to “the artists, all of whom have so much to share after 18 months of crisis, closure, and now rebirth.”

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