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  • During her 25 years at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Douthit oversaw a full service literary department as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy.

    Play on! began in 2012 as a pilot program under her supervision. She was the Production Dramaturg for more than 50 productions, including 15 world premieres including: Hannah and the Dread Gazebo; Head Over Heels; Family Album; The Unfortunates; Throne of Blood; and Equivocation.

    She has also worked on over two dozen Shakespeare productions. She is the co-adapter of a six-actor Macbeth and seven-actor Measure for Measure, which were both produced at OSF and elsewhere. She was the co-producer of the Black Swan Lab in 2009, going on to produce the lab from 2010 to 2016.

    Douthit is the recipient of the 1999 Literary Manager & Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Prize in Dramaturgy: The Elliott Hayes Award.

    She received a PhD at the University of Washington, an MFA from Trinity University, and an MA from University of Arizona.

    Lue Douthit

    CEO/Creative Director,  lue@playonshakespeare.org
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  • Ken has served as the president of the Hitz Foundation since 2011. Prior to that Ken was an independent consultant specializing in system architecture and implementation working on projects in Asia, Africa, South America, and the US. Ken also worked as a senior manager for Price Waterhouse Management Consulting.

    In addition to serving as the chair of board of Play On Shakespeare, serves on the boards of the Royal Shakespeare Company America, Global Digital Heritage, and the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Fund. Additionally, Ken serves on advisory boards for the Union of Concerned Scientists, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Inian Islands Institute.

    Ken holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.

    Ken Hitz

    President of the Board, 
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  • As Chairman of the Hitz Foundation, Dave’s focus areas include Mayan archeology, 3D scanning of
    ancient sites and museum collections, and global sustainability. As chairman of Deep Springs College,
    Dave helped guide the transition to coeducation after 100 years of all-male enrollment. He co-founded
    Play On Shakespare, which is translating all of Shakespeare's plays into present-day, performable
    English. It has been called the single largest literary translation project since the King James Bible—and
    also “a waste of money and talent.”

    In 1992, Dave co-founded NetApp, a Silicon Valley data management company. His roles included
    programmer, evangelist, architect, Executive VP of Engineering, cheerleader, strategist, and coach. Dave
    is an inventor on 29 patents. He wrote a book, How to Castrate a Bull: Unexpected Lessons on Risk,
    Growth, and Success in Business, about NetApp's journey from startup to Fortune 500. Dave is currently
    Founder Emeritus. Prior to NetApp, he worked for MIPS and Auspex.

    Dave dropped out of high school. Nevertheless, he attended George Washington University,
    Swarthmore College, and Deep Springs College. After eight years as an undergraduate, he received a BSE
    in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. At Deep Springs College, Dave
    worked as a cowboy and learned to herd, brand, and castrate cattle.

    Dave Hitz

    Board Member, 
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  • Ayanna Thompson is a Regents Professor of English at Arizona State University, and the Director of the Arizona Center for Medieval & Renaissance Studies (ACMRS). She is the author of Blackface (Bloomsbury, 2021), Shakespeare in the Theatre: Peter Sellars (Arden Bloomsbury, 2018), Teaching Shakespeare with Purpose: A Student-Centred Approach, co-authored with Laura Turchi (Arden Bloomsbury, 2016), Passing Strange: Shakespeare, Race,and Contemporary America (Oxford University Press, 2011), and Performing Race and Tortureon the Early Modern Stage (Routledge, 2008).

    She wrote the new introduction for the revised Arden3 Othello (Arden, 2016), and is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Race (Cambridge University Press, 2021), Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance (Palgrave, 2010), and Colorblind Shakespeare: New Perspectives on Race and Performance (Routledge, 2006).

    She is currently collaborating with Curtis Perry on the Arden4 edition of Titus Andronicus. Thompson is a Shakespeare Scholar in Residence at The Public Theater in New York. She currently chairs the Council of Scholars at Theatre for a New Audience in Brooklyn, NY, serveson the Board of Play On Shakespeare, and previously served on the Board for Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington, DC.

    She was the 2018-19 President of the Shakespeare Association of America and was one of PhiBeta Kappa’s Visiting Scholars for 2017-2018. From 2015-2017, Thompson served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Association of Marshall Scholars.

     

    Ayanna Thompson

    Board Member, 
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  • Sandra believes that storytelling and arts experiences are transformational gateways to a more humane and expansive society.

    Sandra currently consults in areas of business strategy, management and finance. Previously, she served as the CFO for Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Prior to OSF, she was CFO and COO of the Oakland Museum of California, where she led finance, facilities and operations, technology, marketing, and revenue generation businesses such as the OMCA store, café and event rentals.

    Sandra has also served as Managing Director for Aurora Theatre Company in Berkeley and. Interim Managing Director for Marin Theatre Company. Sandra began her career in strategic management consulting and then in marketing management for various consumer and technology companies. She also was a COO and partner in a flowering plant wholesale business and, enjoyed occasional acting on the stage in various Bay Area venues, with productions ranging from Shakespeare to new works.

    Sandra holds both a MBA and a MA, Education from Stanford University and a BA, Economics from UC Berkeley.

    Sandra is enjoying exploring the natural wonders of Ashland and the Rogue Valley with her husband, daughter and dog.

    Sandra Weingart

    Board Member, Treasurer, 
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  • Amrita Ramanan is a multidisciplinary artistic leader who holds the values of anti-racism, anti-colonialism, equity, access, diversity, and inclusion at the core of her practice. In her five seasons as Director of Literary Development and Dramaturgy at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Amrita holistically supported new play commissioning and development for the Festival. She served as the production dramaturg for OSF’s productions of Cambodian Rock Band, Snow in MidsummerOklahoma!, As You Like It, Macbeth, Alice in Wonderland, Henry V, and Henry IV Parts 1 & 2; produced and curated the Black Swan Lab for New Play Development; and created the first-ever OSF Writer’s Group. Prior to OSF, Amrita was the Literary Manager/Artistic Associate at Arena Stage, where she dramaturged Arena’s productions of Mary T. & Lizzy K., Trouble in Mind, Ruined, and Duke Ellington’s Sophisticated Ladies; served as the line producer for Lisa Kron and Charles Randolph-Wright’s playwright residencies; and produced Arena Stage’s New Play Reading Series. For three years, Amrita was the Associate Producer and Resident Dramaturg at Double Edge Theatre and supported the development of Double Edge’s site-specific performances Sharazad, A Tale of Love and Magic and Once a Blue Moon. As a project-based dramaturg, Amrita’s credits include Sitayana by Lavina Jadhwani (East West Players, EnActe Arts, and Hypokrit Theatre Company) and BULL: a love story by Nancy García Loza (Paramount Theatre).

    Amrita received a BFA in Dramaturgy and Theater History from the University of Arizona. She is a board member for the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americans and the Network of Ensemble Theaters. Amrita was recently made a National Theater Project advisor for the New England Foundation for the Arts. She considers herself a professional advocate for artists, and a lifelong lover of the arts.

    Amrita Ramanan

    Senior Cultural Strategist & Dramaturg,  amrita@playonshakespeare.org
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