Jerry Turner, longtime artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, has announced his retirement.

Turner, who has held the position since 1971, will continue his duties until the fest board finds a replacement.

Turner was honored last June by the American Society of Journalists & Authors, as well as the Oregon Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, for refusing a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He will receive a 1991 Governor’s Award for the Arts.

In 1983, the festival won a Tony Award for outstanding achievement in regional theater. Also that year, the company won the National Governor’s Assn. Award for distinguished service to the arts.

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