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Southern Oregon University


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.

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Housing and Meals

You have the option of housing in University residence halls. Air-conditioned suites in Madrone Hall are available on a first-come, first-served basis (preference is given to students attending three or more weeks). Each Madrone suite has four single bedrooms and shares two bathrooms (one with a shower/tub combo and one with just a shower) and a small living room/kitchen. Each kitchen has a normal-sized refrigerator and stove/oven. No microwave. The building has an elevator.

Air-conditioned single rooms in a different hall are available should you request a room after all the Madrone facilties are taken. These residence hall rooms have twin beds and a small refrigerator.

Bedding is provided. The rooms also have telephone jacks and internet access. If you wish to bring a telephone, you may use the local phone service for outgoing calls. If you plan on calling long distance, please bring a long distance calling card. Other items that you may want to remember are: soap and soapdish, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, laundry soap if you plan on using the laundry facilities, alarm clock, extra towels (colored to distinguish from the white ones that housing provides). You may want to bring a desk lamp.

A full meal plan is available from University Housing with several entree choices, including heart-healthy and vegetarian options.  There are also many fine restaurants and grocery stores in the immediate surroundings.

SAMPLE: 2015 Housing and Meal Plan Rates (2016 rates will post shortly, but will be comparable) 

Two-week program

Single room:  $928
Meal plan:      $432

Check in is Friday July 10, 2015, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.   Check out is Sunday July 26, 2015, 10 a.m.

Housing and Meal plan cancellations must be received by May 31, in order to be eligible for a refund.

Elective one-week courses

Stage Combat 

Lighting Design

Single room $290

Single room $348

Meal plan $135

Meal plan $162

5 nights lodging with
15 meals

6 nights lodging
with 18 meals

After May 31, 2015, no refunds will be processed for canceled Housing or Meal Plans.

Additional nights of lodging may be reserved at $58 each, single accommodation; no meals will be available.

For more information on the Elective courses, housing/meals, application and fees, see the Elective web pages.


Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon, is a twenty-minute drive south from the Medford Airport, which is serviced by United, Horizon, Delta and America West Airlines. Shuttle service from the airport is available.