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Oregon Shakespeare Festival Executive Director Departing

Cynthia Rider has opted not to renew her contract beyond its current term, according to OSF.

Posted: Oct 12, 2018 8:33 AM
Updated: Oct 12, 2018 2:34 PM

ASHLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced today that Executive Director Cynthia Rider has opted not to renew her contract beyond its current term and will continue to serve until an interim Executive Director is named.

Rider has served as OSF’s executive director since 2013, during a time of incredible success for OSF, producing award-winning theater and sending new works to Broadway and theaters across the country. This announcement comes as OSF embarks on a search to replace Artistic Director Bill Rauch and enters into a period of visioning to chart a sustainable course for its future.

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege,” Rider said, “but I believe that the time has come for fresh leadership in partnership with a new artistic director and as the company takes a series of steps to increase its resilience and sustainability now and into the future.”

Rider added, “I will always be grateful for the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing people in our field in partnership with Bill Rauch, one of theatre's great visionary leaders. I have so valued both working with and living in a community with an unparalleled combination of cultural zest and social justice zeal surrounded by the singular beauty of Southern Oregon.”
“We have faced many challenges together over the last six years, and I have always relished the passion and creativity Cynthia brought to help elevate OSF to new heights,” said Artistic Director Bill Rauch. “I join the Board of Directors, Trustees and our entire company in thanking her for her incredible contributions and wishing her well in her next endeavors.”

Gail Lopes, chair of the OSF Board of Directors, thanked Cynthia for her strong commitment to OSF during her tenure. “The Board applauds all that we have accomplished together with Cynthia to further OSF’s mission,” Lopes said, “and we have greatly appreciated her collegial style, her optimism, and the meaningful relationships that many of us have developed with her over the years.”

Rider will stay on with OSF during the transition to interim leadership, which should occur before the end of November. She will be available to the Board and the Festival in an advisory capacity during 2019. OSF will be launching a search for a new ED, and it is anticipated that the existing Artistic Director search will be completed in time for the new AD to play a strong role in selecting administrative leadership.

Highlights of Rider’s six seasons at OSF include the completion of a new Long Range Plan; the Access for All campaign, which renovated the Bricks and added an elevator and wheelchair seating to the Angus Bowmer Theatre; and the opening of the new Hay-Patton Rehearsal Center.

Prior to joining OSF, Rider spent nine years at Kansas City Repertory Theatre as managing director and, earlier, as associate director for advancement and administration. Rider’s leadership experience also includes six years as executive director of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey. Rider’s theatre history also includes time spent on the stage. She started as a resident company member, guest artist and young company actor at the Alley Theatre in Houston. Rider graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Boston University.

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