A world class theatre deserves a world class production building | OSF’s brand new $7.2M facility in Talent, OR is the largest of its kind anywhere in the US

For years – many, many years – OSF has made do with a collection of smaller spaces scattered around downtown Ashland for all the festival’s set and costume needs. But with the completion of an all new 71,000 square foot, state of the art, as of yet unnamed production building in next door Talent, Oregon, America’s largest repertory theatre has just taken a huge step forward in its capabilities. Everything about the new building, which will fully come into its own during the 2015 season, is better. It’s big enough to drive a golf ball in – and come nowhere near close to hitting the wall (unless you’re really good). There is no other theatre building like this in the US.

Watching Jim Clark, the manager of the place, give a tour, it’s pretty much a kid in a candy shop situation. Clark can barely contain his glee/disbelief that they now have this monster “red barn”. It’s about as good as it gets.

She's big.
She’s big.

Do NOT mess with the OSF truck.
Do NOT mess with the OSF truck.

71,000 square feet of play space.
71,000 square feet of play space.

Jim Clark explains how much better his world just got with the completion of the new building.
Jim Clark explains how much better his world just got with the completion of the new building.

OSF runs a costume rental business and rents to shows like Portlandia and Saturday Night Live.
OSF runs a costume rental business and rents to shows like Portlandia and Saturday Night Live.

"I need, like, a coat."
“I need, like, a coat.”

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So many shelves to fill.
So many shelves to fill.

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Floors and walls are wood by design so you can nail stuff all over.
Floors and walls are wood by design so you can nail stuff all over.

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Bigger than Texas.  The paint shop.
Bigger than Texas. The paint shop.

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Full scale replica of Bowmer Theatre stage.  Sets can be built here, then trucked cross town.
Full scale replica of Bowmer Theatre stage. Sets can be built here, then trucked cross town.

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