OSC founding director RON SONG DESTRO is a Kennedy Center award-winning playwright and director, who has staged over 40 Shakespeare plays in New York, London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Italy and France.

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He has studied with Cicely Berry, Kristin Linklater, Lucille Ball, John Houseman and privately with RSC founder John Barton.  

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He attended the Marymount RADA Program in London, and the USC School of Drama.  He taught Christopher Reeve to smoke, wrote a play with Yoko Ono, was banned for life from Caesar’s Palace by Frank Sinatra, went on tour with Natalie Merchant and 10,000 Maniacs, had F Murray Abraham as his grad school faculty advisor, almost ran over Michael York in his mountain toboggan, was told by Groucho Marx to give somebody “the finger,” studied painting with Pierre Henri Matisse, and once took a subway ride with NYC “Subway Vigilante” Bernhard Goetz (“I never felt safer!”).  He is the proud father of Nicholas Destro.

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The Oxford Shakespeare Company is a non-profit drama school that offers affordable actor training for professional actors across the US, UK and EU. The OSC focuses on two main offerings:  

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THE OVERSEAS PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP is a 10-day intensive for actors from across the US, UK and EU which includes training from OSC, RSC & RADA artists, master classes, rehearsals and performances of a Shakespeare play in its historic setting, such as THE MERCHANT OF VENICE  at “Belmont” in Venice, MACBETH in Birnam Wood, Scotland and RICHARD III on Bosworth Field. Two Performance Workshops are offered every year, where actors send in video auditions months in advance, and once a role is offered, they learn their lines, and then meet in the designated city for the 10-day intensive. 

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THE NYC MASTER CLASSES are presented a few times a year, when actors appearing on Broadway meet with our students for a class and/or Q&A.  These classes are announced as they arise, and anyone is welcome to register.

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Those interested in our Programs should email us to be placed on our periodic list.  Contact destro@oxfordshakespeare.org

PAST SEASONS

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2018

AS YOU LIKE IT - Paris & Forest of Ardennes

MACBETH - Edinburgh & Birnam Wood, Scotland

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2017

RICHARD II -Flint Castle, Wales

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE - “Belmont” Venice

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2016

AS YOU LIKE IT  - DeLand, FL

MACBETH - Birnam Wood, Scotland

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2015

HENRY V

  - Azincourt Battlefield, France

RICHARD III

  - Bancroft gardens, Stratford-on-Avon

  - Bosworth battlefield, UK

INDIRA’S DAUGHTERS 

  (staged reading)

  - RADA Club Theatre, London

  - CAP21, NYC

A DAY PICASSO MONA LISA STOLE   

   (staged reading)

  - RADA Club Theatre, London

  - CAP21, NYC

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2014

HAMLET  

  - NYC

  - The Venue @ Pimlico, London

  - The Avon River Sundial,  Stratford-on-Avon

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2013

AS YOU LIKE IT

  - The Club Theatre, RADA, London

  - Bancroft gardens, Stratford-on-Avon

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

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2012

MACBETH

CARDENIO (aka The Second Maiden’s Tragedy)

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR

A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM

  - Bancroft Gardens, Stratford-on-Avon

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2011

TWELFTH NIGHT

ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA

JULIUS CAESAR

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

THE TWO NOBLE KINSMEN - Hyde Park, London

ROMEO AND JULIET (1st Quarto)

HAMLET (1st Quarto)

2009-10

THE TEMPEST

RICHARD III

OTHELLO

DOUBLE FALSEHOOD (U.S. Premiere) 

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA

AS YOU LIKE IT - Hyde Park, London

A WINTER’S TALE

MEASURE FOR MEASURE

A COMEDY OF ERRORS

MACBETH

LOVE’S LABORS LOST

The US-based Oxford Shakespeare Company 

is not affiliated with the

summer resident company at Wadham College, Oxford