Locally owned, Escape Ashland offers one-of-a kind escape games that have been well received by both tourists and locals since 2017. Owner, Kerri Franklin first discovered escape rooms in 2015 when searching for something to do with family in Brussels on a day museums were closed. Since that experience, escape games became her family's go-to activity whenever visiting a new town. The Franklin family felt that the experience brought them closer together and taught them something new about one another and their hope was to bring that same experience to Ashland. Hosting families--in particular multi-generational groups with grandparents and grandkids--has been their greatest joy.
Escape Ashland has been fortunate to have the support of talented carpenters, electrical wizards and Oregon Shakespeare Festival artisans in the construction of its escape games. In order to sustain the underlying narrative that also supports an immersive and consistent experience, the props and elements are carefully selected. The goal has been to create realistic and yet playful environments while upping their game in terms of the technological surprises as their players become more and more sophisticated.
Escape Ashland can accommodate larger groups by offering team competitions. Teachers and other chaperones find this an attractive complement to OSF trips as the interactive process with a single goal (and without the support of technology) that creates lasting bonds and memories. We also host company celebrations and have been proud to host work groups from Harry & David, Rogue Credit Union, Asante, La Clinica and more.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to Escape Ashland for your fundraising event--we love giving back to the community that has supported us along this journey. And please check out our blog for updated news and events.
Kerri is a Northern California native who moved with her family to Ashland area in 2003 for the fine education, the arts and outdoors. She and her teen sons play escape games whenever possible. When she's not dreaming about her next escape room creation, she works in healthcare
Mattie, a Portland native, graduated from SOU with degrees in theatre and musical theatre. When she's not delighting guests at the Ramblin' Rogue or serving as stagehand at The Scottish Play, she can be seen acting, singing and dancing at the Oregon Cabaret Theater and the Collaborative Theatre Project. She will be attending Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts in January and then will launch her stage career in New York.
Taiga is a recent Ashland High School graduate who will be off to the University of Alaska Fairbanks this fall. She enjoyed the stage during her time at AHS, dancing and singing in Sweeney Todd, Hair, to name a few. Taiga loves hosting at the Ramblin' Rogue Saloon, channeling her old west ancestors. In her free time, she soars over Ashland and Alaska, piloting her Citabria or 152 Cessna.
Kyle hails from Sacramento and has been acting for almost 16 years. Locals to Ashland were delighted by his work at Southern Oregon University in shows like Peter and the Starcatcher, Elektra, and Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric play. You also may have seen him in Romeo & Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2018. Patrons of the Ramblin' Rogue Saloon are delighted by Kyle's witty old west persona--come visit the saloon and tell him your woes! He can also be found working as a superstitious stagehand at The Scottish Play.
Ella is a 2020 graduate of Ashland High School and is taking a gap year next year before attending Willamette University in Salem Oregon! She was the President of Drama Club at Ashland High and performed in Urinetown, Hair, Sweeney Todd, Crazy for You, and many more on the Mountain Avenue Stage. Ella loves using improv to help guests solve the Ramblin’ Rogue Saloon, and she hopes to see you there soon!