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Meet your 2015 Instructors!

These four actor/teachers will be guiding workshops and classes in both of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's 2015 "Summer of Shakespeare" camps, and they'll be appearing in TSC's mainstage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the University of Memphis.

 

Rachel Brun Brun Headshot small

Dance / Acting

Rachel has spent the year with Tennessee Shakespeare Company as an artist-manager teaching and performing with the Romeo and Juliet Project, touring in and outside of Tennessee with Shakespeare Said It!, and performing on the main stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), and Richard III (Lady Anne).  Back in her native Seattle, she has worked with The Horse in Motion, The Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Town Theatre, STAGEright and The Market Theatre.  Rachel attended the University of Washington, where she received a BA in Drama and Comparative History of Ideas and a minor in Dance. 

  

NoahDuffy.Headshot2014smallNoah Duffy

Stage Combat / Acting

Noah is a New Jersey transplant to Seattle’s misty hills. He holds a BFA in Acting, Dance Emphasis, from Cornish College of the Arts. Noah has danced with the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and is a company member and producer of the international Seagull Project. As a dance and fight choreographer, Noah has grooved on shows ranging from original scripts about gangs of militant butterflies and carnivorous lady bunnies to New York productions of As You Like It  and She Stoops to Conquer.  As an educator, Noah has administrated arts preschools, produced bold new work by teen playwrights, and toured the country with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.

 

Jerry Rogers smallJerry Rogers 

Song / Acting

Jerry, a native of Halls, TN, is an actor/singer/teacher currently residing in Memphis.  He holds a BA in music from Lane College, and has taught vocal/choral music in Shelby County Schools, as well as the former Memphis City Schools. Most recently, he served as a teaching artist with Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s  Romeo and Juliet Project. As a performer, he has appeared in RagtimeHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Color Purple, all at Playhouse on the Square; The Threepenny Opera  and  Chess  at the University of Memphis, and  Porgy & Bess  with Opera Memphis.  Upcoming productions include  Kiss Me, Kate  at Playhouse on the Square and A Midsummer Night’s Dream  with Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  He is absolutely ecstatic about working with this summer’s young actors in training.

 

Shaw Headshot smallJoey Shaw

Text / Acting

Joey Shaw is a professional actor and musician, and native of Seattle. He played Romeo and designed sound for TSC’s mainstage Romeo and Juliet last year, and is grateful to be continuing as an artist-manager this year, having played Romeo in TSC’s school-touring production. He and Rachel Brun will be touring the Mid-South through June, with TSC's own Shakespeare Said It! and will soon be appearing in -and directing music for TSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the University of Memphis main stage. In Seattle, he has worked with Book-it Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Greenstage, and the Horse in Motion. He holds a BA in Drama from the University of Washington.

 

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces
Open Enrollment for its Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps Held at the University of Memphis in June

Dynamic Theatre Training for Youth

summer-camp-enrollmentMemphis, TN (March 26, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre and education organization, is offering two unique, immersive Shakespeare Training Camps to be held for the first time on the campus of the University of Memphis this June.

TSC's Shakespeare Training Camps are open to students entering Grades 6-12. The one-week camp (The Play's The Thing: June 8-12) explores Shakespeare's As You Like It and is ideal for participants with little or no theatre experience. The cost per participant of the one-week camp is $250. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

The two-week camp (Young Players Training Intensive: June 15-26) is ideal for participants with a little more theatre experience. The cost per participant of the two-week camp is $500. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

Both camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday; and both camps are already one-third full. The final scene-sharings for each camp will be played on the Mainstage in the Theatre Building. Camp sessions will be held in the adjacent Communication and Fine Arts Building at the University of Memphis.

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Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. to Visit Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Romeo and Juliet Project in Action at East High School Monday, March 23

March 17, 2015 – Memphis Mayor AC Wharton, Jr. announced today he will observe first-hand Tennessee Shakespeare Company teaching and playing its Romeo and Juliet Project with 100 ninth graders in four simultaneous sessions at East High School on Monday, March 23 at 9:00 am.

“On behalf of TSC and our Board of Directors, I am so proud and honored to have Mayor Wharton joining our teachers in the classroom,” said Project creator and TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine.  “It was at the Mayor’s urging we created this Project, and I am excited for him to see his challenge come to positive life.”

pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company began its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency in the Memphis area in January.  The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school.  Students are guided by the actors to live the play’s urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.

As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict.  Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students’ compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.

The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.

By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools.  At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project.  That figure represents 34% of all freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.

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pic-romeo-and-juliet-castTennessee Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Fourth Year of Nationally-Recognized ROMEO AND JULIET PROJECT

  • 27 Schools
  • 44 Performances
  • 342 Classroom Visits
  • 4,360 High School Freshmen


(January 15, 2015) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company has begun its nationally-recognized, four-part performance and in-school residency The Romeo and Juliet Project in the Memphis area this week, starting with Germantown High School and all of its 530 Freshmen.

The Project, now in its fourth year, brings a cast of eight professional actor-teachers into each Language Arts classroom at a participating school. Students are guided by the actors to live the play's urgent tragedy of young love amidst rage, experiencing its relevant story while ensuring that participating Freshmen have a first exposure to Shakespeare that is active, rich, and rewarding.

As the teenagers in the play face armed violence, students discover positive actions available to them in their own lives in the face of real conflict. The Residency concludes with an intimate performance by the actor-teachers of Romeo and Juliet, which encourages student participation.

By the end of March, The Romeo and Juliet Project will have performed the play 44 times in 27 Memphis area schools, and will have taught the Residency in 342 classroom visits in 11 schools. At least 4,360 high school Freshmen will be reached and positively affected by The Romeo and Juliet Project. That figure represents 34% of all Freshmen in the Shelby County Schools system.

Student post-Project assessments have recorded a 20% increase in students' compassion as a result of their inclusion in The Romeo and Juliet Project, as well as a full letter grade increase, on average, in Language Arts classes.

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