Study theatre in Ashland, Oregon

Spend seven nights in Ashland, Oregon and experience theatre first-hand at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Attend five different plays, engage in cast discussions and get a first-hand view of the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance.

Join us for Summer 2018!

Dates : August 5 - 12, 2018

Our 2018 Play Selection: Romeo and Juliet, Othello, Henry V, Sense and Sensibility, and Snow in Midsummer.

Experience: Five plays, play prologues for two plays and cast discussions for 3 plays with seven nights lodging.

During our 2018 program you will attend the following 5 plays.

Romeo and Juliet

By William Shakespeare

A love so right, a world so wrong

In a city divided by warring families, young Juliet doesn't want to marry. And the nobleman her parents have promised her to does nothing for her. Meanwhile, Romeo is pining for a girl who doesn't want him. Then, at a fateful dance, the two meet – and ignite one of the greatest love stories in the English language. But fate turns against them when their families, longtime enemies, drive them apart, setting off a cycle of violence that threatens to engulf them all. Shakespeare's timeless story of love, hatred and tragic consequences still speaks to the young lovers in us all. Portland’s Dámaso Rodríguez directs.


By William Shakespeare

Passionate love in a prejudiced world

The union of the Moorish general Othello and the highborn Desdemona outrages Venetian society. Those who praised Othello's military successes now reject his marriage, consumed by their own bigotry. Othello and Desdemona are determined to overcome all obstacles, but his assignment in an exotic new location draws them into the web of Othello's lieutenant Iago, whose resentment and demons know no bounds. In what is perhaps his most intimate tragedy, Shakespeare probes the more disturbing aspects of relationships within the context of a society struggling with polarizing differences. Bill Rauch directs.

Henry V

By William Shakespeare

The king is but a man

In the thrilling conclusion to the story begun in 2016's Richard II, Prince Hal ascends the throne as King Henry V, poised to take his place on history's stage whether he's ready or not. Everything he learned in the previous Henrys has brought him to this brink: the dividing line between the reckless young man he was and the shrewd, ruthless leader he needs to be now. Both of his sides are in play when he audaciously lays claim to the French throne – and a princess who literally can't speak to him – a series of battles still commemorated by the British to this day. Seattle-based Rosa Joshi directs.

Sense and Sensibility

Adapted from Jane Austen by Kate Hamill

from Jane Austen by Kate Hamill

Life takes a sudden turn for Mrs. Dashwood and her daughters Elinor, Marianne and Margaret when they're thrown out of their home by their selfish half-brother. With no money to speak of, Elinor and Marianne fear their marital prospects are bleak. But when love–or what looks like it–comes calling for them both, they're whirled into a tangle of gossip, intrigue and scandal. With the daring premise that true love unites both hearts and minds, Jane Austen's sparkling romance, in a joyous adaptation by Kate Hamill and directed by Baltimore's Hana S. Sharif, is full of surprises and deliciously wicked social commentary.

Snow in Midsummer

Based on the classical Chinese drama The Injustice to Dou Yi That Moved Heaven and Earth by Guan Hanqing

A wrathful ghost from the past

Executed for a murder she didn't commit, a young widow swears vengeance from beyond the grave and a catastrophic drought cripples the town she lived in. Three years later, a wealthy businesswoman visits the parched, locust-plagued village to take over an ailing factory. When her young daughter is tormented by an angry apparition, locals are forced to face a past that no one wants to remember. Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's updating of a classical Chinese drama into a modern ghost thriller explores the legacy of trauma, the heart of injustice and the lengths we go to for love. Directed by Justin Audibert, who helmed the Royal Shakespeare Company's hit premiere of this haunting play.

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When you participate in Theatre in Ashland, you will enroll in the following course:

English 135: From Page to Performance

In this course we view the relationship of the printed text to the stage performance of a variety of plays seen in Ashland. 1 unit non-transfer credit (Credit/no credit grading)


In order to participate, you must enroll in the following course:

English 135 (1 unit of non-transfer credit).

If you have already taken English 135, you must register for the class through the Extended Learning Center: Write a separate check payable to Pasadena City College (note on memo line: Extended Learning Center).


You can choose between the following lodging options:

  • Double occupancy and shared bath - $765 per person
  • Single occupancy with shared bath - $905 per person
  • Double suite with 2 people and private bath - $940 total per person
  • Single suite with 1 person and Private bath - $1115 total per person.

Scholarships are available for students. Contact the English Division for information.

Your Program fee includes:

  • Accommodations
  • All theatre tickets (5 plays)
  • Discussions with actors and directors
  • Lectures by theatre company members
  • It does not include class enrollment fee, meals, transportation, or parking.


Register and pay early! The payment deadline for the Summer 2018 program is May 20, 2018.

To register and pay, make your check or money order payable to PCC Ashland Fund. Mail your payment to John Tyberg, English Division, Pasadena City College, 1570 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106-2003.

John Tyberg teaches English composition at Pasadena City College. He studied dramatic literature at Long Beach State and is an avid theater-goer in the Los Angeles area. His professional interests include James Joyce, nineteenth-century Russian literature, and the short story.

Shellie Samtani teaches English composition and literature at Pasadena City College. She studied British and dramatic literature at CSULA and successfully wrote and defended her thesis on Shakespeare’s “Unweeded Garden in Hamlet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream." She is an avid theater-goer, frequently bringing her Shakespeare students to A Noise Within Theater to discover their own meanings in his plays.

For more information, please contact:

John Tyberg

(626) 585-7043 or

Shellie Samtani

(626) 585-7426 or