The 2008 (and very first) recipient of the Burbage Award is William “Bill” Patton.
In 1953 Patton joined Oregon Shakespeare Festival as its first full-time, paid employee and led the organization through a period of rapid growth. Patton received the Oregon Arts Commission/Governor's Award for the Arts in 1993 and retired two years later in 1995. Patton is a graduate of Stanford University and currently lives in Ashland, Ore.
“No Shakespeare company in the United States would exist without the pioneering work of Bill Patton at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival,” said ASC co-founder and Artistic Director Jim Warren. “Bill created the measuring stick for every destination theatre by growing OSF into such a successful, inspirational operation that draws audiences from across the nation.”