The JDS Legacy Speaker Series educates and inspires current students by sharing diverse perspectives of professional theater-makers. Graduates of Haddonfield Memorial High School donate their time as a way to give back to their alma mater, while outside speakers receive a modest stipend.

As a pilot of this program, actors and the director from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Othello talked to HMHS Shakespeare students in April of 2021. The Haddonfield Alumni Newsletter of March ’22 had the following article:

March 2022 – Bill Rauch Alumni Spotlight Begins on Page 2

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Actors from Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of Othello and their director, HMHS alumnus Bill Rauch, ’80, speak to Kimberly Dickstein Hughes’ Shakespeare class via Zoom. (JDS Legacy Group-Supported Speaker Series during the pandemic, spring 2021.)