Programs of the Ashland Center for Theatre Studies are held on the beautifully landscaped campus of Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, nestled in the foothills of the Siskiyou Mountains. Surrounded by rivers, lakes, and national forests and filled with cultural attractions, Ashland, a town of about 20,000, is made for walking. Within a twenty-minute walk from the campus, one may choose from more than fifty restaurants, delis, ice cream parlors, and bakeries. There are numerous specialty shops, bookstores, art galleries, and an open-air artists' marketplace. Lithia Park, with its duck ponds, paths, and crystal clear creek, provides an ideal 100-acre setting for picnics, strolls, and music concerts. Performing arts abound. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, America's largest repertory theatre, is one of several theatre companies in town. The Oregon Cabaret Theatre presents top-flight musicals, revues, and comedies. Britt Festivals, the Northwest's premier outdoor summer music festival, is just minutes away in the nearby historic town of Jacksonville.