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Angus Bowmer
AngusBowmer
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1904
Date of Death: 1979
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Actor, Eductor
Spouse: Gertrude Butler Bowmer (d. 1994)
Turtledove Appearances:
State of Jefferson
POD: Pre-history;
Relevant POD: 1919
Appearance(s): "Typecasting"
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Angus L. Bowmer (September 25, 1904 – May 26, 1979) was the founder of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, United States. During his tenure as artistic director, he produced all 37 of William Shakespeare's plays and performed 32 Shakespearean roles in 43 separate stagings. The festival took a hiatus during World War II, and Bowmer enlisted in the United States Army. After the war, Bowmer remained as the director of the Festival until he retired in 1970.

Angus Bowmer in State of JeffersonEdit

Angus Bowmer was the founder of the Ashland Shakespeare Festival. He'd been a professor at Jefferson State Ashland in the 1930s when he realized an old building would work as an Elizabethan stage. Under Bowmer's guidance, the Festival grew from a local affair to a very sizable event for the State of Jefferson over the next decades. When Bowmer retired, he was succeeded by Jerry Turner as producing director.

Even before World War II, the Ashland festival brought the state of Jefferson a measure of credit. The state WPA Guide discussed the festival, although it misspelled Bowmer's name as "Bowman". For his part, Bowmer was amused, proclaiming that "Fame is getting your name spelled wrong in the history books." Jerry Turner discussed this anecdote with Governor Bill Williamson in 1980.[1]

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