Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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JUN. 27 - JUL. 1, 2018 $1,595
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival

JUN. 27 - JUL. 1, 2018

Dear UCLA Alumni and Friends,

We invite you to join our popular Oregon Shakespeare Festival trip in June with Professor Steven Dickey. Venture up to Ashland where this charming town is the perfect backdrop for the award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a tradition since 1935. While the Bard is their inspiration and anchor, they offer a wide range of classical and modern plays and musicals performed by an outstanding multicultural acting company. We know the theater is a special focus, but there is an exciting and diverse array of offstage activities to see and do during your visit to Ashland.

Join UCLA professor Steven Dickey on our 25th trip to the festival that Time magazine named one of the top five regional theaters in the country. Founded in 1935, the Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival is among the oldest and largest professional non-profit theaters in the nation. With specially prepared advance reading lists and in-depth lectures, you will see the theater in a whole new light.

This tour is a special opportunity to have the one-on-one experience with UCLA faculty that our alumni have been raving about. See why this trip regularly elicits comments like this from past Oregon Shakespeare travelers: Mary Tallo ’70, “UCLA successfully gave us an intellectual and fun experience.” Lois Neiter ’61, “Always well organized by warm, friendly staff!”

Join us as we travel to one of our favorite all-time travel destinations. If you have any questions, please call us at 310-206-0613 or email travel@alumni.ucla.edu.


Christel Aragon

Director, Alumni Travel

Cost: $1,595
UCLA Alumni Travel
Activity Level: Mild
Easy Pace, little walking and stair climbing

UCLA Faculty on Tour

Department of English
Stephen Dickey is senior lecturer in the English department at UCLA where he has received numerous teaching prizes, including the Distinguished Teaching Award in 1993. He teaches various courses in Shakespeare, the English Renaissance and the Beat Generation, as well as introductory courses in poetry and drama. Recent publications include works on Romeo and Juliet, the Henry IV plays and the Elizabethans’ favorite sport of bearbaiting. In 2009, as part of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial celebration, he spoke at Ford’s Theater on Lincoln’s knowledge of Shakespeare. Dickey is also on the faculty at the Folger Shakespeare Library’s summer teaching institute, which brings high school teachers from around the country to Washington, D.C. for a month of intensive study. This will mark his 16th year serving as lecturer for our Oregon Shakespeare Festival tour.



We will be staying at the Ashland Springs Hotel;an oasis of gentility and elegance located in the heart of the charming town of Ashland. Built in 1925 and lovingly restored, this downtown landmark is a haven of taste reminiscent of small European hotels. The hotel is nestled in the Rogue River Valley where travelers come from far and wide to experience the wonders of nature and the acclaimed curative waters of the mineral springs and now enjoy the world renowned Shakespeare Festival, exciting local food and wine scene, and the beauty and joy of returning to a simpler time.

This elegant boutique hotel offers many fine guest amenities. On-site, the property provides a business center and concierge service, free parking for those who are driving and a cozy fireplace in the hotel’s lobby. A few of the amenities are as follows: Wireless high speed internet access in all guest rooms, iron, ironing board, 100% cotton robes, Gilchrest & Soames bath products, and hair dryer in each guest room. Dry cleaning and laundry services are offered Monday through Friday. A complimentary continental breakfast is also offered each morning from 6:30am to 10am. Highly popular Larks Restaurant located at the hotel is open daily for lunch and dinner. A late-night snack from 9pm to Midnight is also available on the Mezzanine level when you return from your evening at the theater, offering hot tea, lemonade, and snacks.

The Ashland Springs Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a member of the Historic Hotels of America, and we are just steps away from the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival theaters.

Air Travel

Due to economics within the airline industry, securing competitive group air between Los Angeles and Medford is no longer a viable option and unfortunately, cannot be offered to and from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We have, however, done the research on how to best get there as an individual traveler, so call us for airline schedules and other options.
The transfer from Medford airport to Ashland Springs Hotel is easy, and only a 30 minute ride. There is a shuttle service (Cascade) 888-760-RIDE for approximately $28 each way, and a taxi ride is approximately $40 (Valley Cab) 541-772-1818 or (Yellow Cab) 541-772-6288.
Ashland, Oregon is approximately 700 miles north of Los Angeles.

America West Airlines 800-235-9292
Delta Airlines 800-221-1212
Horizon Airlines 800-547-9308
United Airlines 800-241-6522
Allegiant Airlines 702-505-8888

Amtrak 800-872-7245

Rental Cars in the Medford Airport Terminal
Avis 800-331-1212
Budget 800-527-0700
Hertz 800-654-3131
National/Alamo 800-227-7368
Enterprise 800-Rent-a-Car


Land only: $1,595 (based on double occupancy)
Single Supplement: $460

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How to Book

Download the tour Reservation Form here. This tour is booked quickly, so sign up early to reserve space.

Enclose a check or provide credit card information for $500 per person, per tour, as a deposit for the selected tour. Make check payable to UCLA Alumni Travel. Deposits are provisional and fully refundable pending your acceptance of final brochure terms.

Mail completed reservation form and your deposit to:
UCLA Alumni Association
Attn: Alumni Travel
James West Alumni Center
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1397

A brochure will be mailed to you as soon as it is available.

Terms & Conditions


Reservations for this exciting cultural travel experience will be made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Land Package includes: Four nights double occupancy (two per room) at the Ashland Springs Hotel, four performances, a backstage tour, four lectures, guided tours and meals as outlined herein.

Single accommodations are available, but limited. A single room is available for an additional $460. If you are looking for a roommate, we will make every attempt to find one for you. However, if a roommate is not found, you will be responsible for the single supplement cost, pending availability.

Cancellations for any reason whatsoever will be subject to a $100 per person cancellation fee. Cancellations from 60-31 days prior to departure (April 21) will result in the forfeiture of 50% of the entire cost of the trip per person; cancellations from 30 days (May 22) to the time of departure will result in forfeiture of the entire cost of the trip. We reserve the right to change any aspect of the program as necessary. Travel insurance is strongly recommended and may be purchased for this trip through the UCLA Alumni Association. Cancellations must be made in writing to UCLA Alumni Travel.

Every effort has been made to accurately describe the information as shown within this website. We reserve the right to correct errors.

If you have questions regarding the Oregon Shakespeare Festival tour or your UCLA Alumni Association membership status, please call UCLA Alumni Travel at 310-206-0613 or email us at travel@alumni.ucla.edu. Our fax number is 310-209-4271.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance to cover the possibility of trip cancellation or interruption, emergency medical evacuation, medical expenses and baggage loss incurred while traveling. All confirmed passengers will receive travel insurance information in your confirmation packet. It’s one of our many membership benefits! For information about travel insurance, visit alumni.ucla.edu/travel-insurance. Coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, terrorist incidents and travel supplier financial insolvencies will be provided if the insurance is purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit. Please read the insurance brochure carefully.