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Dublin High School Junior Kendra Wilcox Selected to Attend Prestigious Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar

May 30, 2014
Kendra Wilcox

Dublin High Junior Kendra Wilcox

Dublin High School’s Drama Club has made annual treks to Ashland, Oregon for the  Oregon Shakespeare Festival for several years, providing Dublin students the opportunity to experience world-class theatre both from the audience and back stage. One talented Dublin High School junior, Kendra Wilcox, will spend part of this summer immersed in theatre, with a select group of 65 high school students from across the across the United States (Hawaii to New York, Michigan to Texas). Ms. Wilcox, “I am honored to have been accepted into this program by the same people that I have admired since I started acting. I was inspired by them to start theatre, and they have led me to the most amazing part of my life. I’m thankful for the opportunity to learn from and work with people who have so motivated and influenced me.”

First started in 1981, the OSF Summer Semina for High School Juniors (now in its 34th year, running July 28 through August 9) is a rigorous two-week program designed for a diverse group of dedicated theatre students who have recently completed their junior year in high school. Students stay on the campus at Southern Oregon University where OSF’s theatre professionals present workshops and forums on a variety of topics. Students gain insight into the workings of a successful repertory theatre company, participating in forums and workshops on such topics as theatre administration, stage management, costume construction, scenic painting, properties, sound and theatrical lighting, as well as Renaissance dance, stage combat, marketing, audience development, fundraising, auditioning techniques and voice for the stage. In addition, students will attend nine OSF productions and work together on a variety of projects.

Oregon Shakespear Festival Elizabethan Theater

OSF Elizabethan Theater

One of the objectives of the Summer Seminar is to teach students about arts advocacy so they can return to their schools as leaders in their communities. During the Seminar students will present a case for funding an arts program to a mock board.

To qualify for the Seminar, students completed an application requiring reflection, self-evaluation and recommendations from teachers and other adults. “Whether or not the students pursue a career in theatre, all of them benefit from the lessons of theatre: self-knowledge and the ability to collaborate with others on projects that are greater than any one individual,” OSF Director of Education Joan Langley says.

Dublin High Drama Director Bryant Hoex

DHS Drama Director Bryant Hoex

Dublin High Drama Director Bryant Hoex, “Kendra Wilcox is an incredible young theatre student and artist. Having taught her at both the middle-school and high-school level, I’ve observed firsthand her thoughtfulness and dedication to her craft. I can always rely on her to show up at rehearsal prepared, not only with lines memorized but character ‘homework’ done. These strong work habits have served her well not only in DHS productions, but also in the classroom and the community theater stage.

“Kendra has a mature, reflective demeanor that allows her to take on serious topics such as eating disorders in our one-act production ‘Eating Out’, but she also has a wonderful wit and comic sensibility that earned her the role of Touchstone in this past fall’s ‘As You Like It’. No matter the role, her commitment always shines through. This spring she performed  in ‘The Laramie Project’, and I entrusted her with the crucial Dennis Shepard monologue as I feel she does it more justice than any young man in our department could.

“In addition to her fine work as an actress, Kendra has also served as a student-director, assistant stage manager, and a member of the team we bring to compete in local high-school theatre festivals. She has written her own monologues for competition, both for herself and for other actors. In short, she is an amazingly talented, creative, and devoted young artist, and I recommend her highly for any acting program or workshop for which she may apply.”

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The Summer Seminar is one of many programs for students offered by the OSF Education Department. Other programs include: the School Visit Program, where visiting teams of OSF actors reach nearly 60,000 students in schools throughout the West; the Bowmer Project for Student Playgoers, providing workshops for local teachers and free tickets to designated performances for their classes; and the Ashland Schools Project, involving all the schools in the Ashland School District and providing students with a variety of theatrical opportunities.

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If you would like more information about the Summer Seminar or other educational programs, please contact Jay Shepherd at 541-482-2111, ext. 414

OSF Christine Albright-Tufts (photo credit: Jenny Graham)

OSF Resident Teaching Artist Christine Albright-Tufts (photo credit: Jenny Graham)

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