OSF wins a Tony Award and introduces intermissions and Actors Equity Association.

In 1981 the Festival introduced intermissions at performances. The final NBC broadcast occurred in 1983. In 1984, after our 1983 Tony Award win, the Festival became an Actor’s Equity Association house. In 1987 OSF welcomed its five millionth visitor. In 1988 we opened OSF Portland with Heartbreak House. This expansion made OSF the largest not-for-profit theatre in the country. The Oregon Shakespearean Festival Association changed its name to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. In 1989, OSF Resident Costume Designer Jeannie Davidson completed the canon with the production of Pericles, Prince of Tyre. In this decade the Festival produced these world premieres, including adaptations: 1982 - The Father, 1983 – Dreamhouse,1985 - The Majestic Kid, 1985 – An Enemy of the People.