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.



Tennessee Shakespeare Company is proud to offer this weeklong in-depth exploration of one of Shakespeare's most rewarding plays. In a conservatory-style environment, you'll work with our professional actor/teachers to stage scenes, soliloquies, fights, songs, and dances from As You Like It, all culminating in a performance of our work in progress!

The Tennessee Arts Commission has generous funds available to help you bring Tennessee Shakespeare Company to your classroom, or bring your students to us!  Click HERE to view Tennessee Arts Commision's Preferred Artist Roster page for TSC.

Some grants you can apply for and what they may be used to fund include:

  • Student Ticket Subsidy Grant:  Covers the cost of admission to our Student Matinees or Schools Tour, when the performance is combined with a Playshop or Residency; 
  • The Arts Appreciation Grant provides up to $1,000 for one-day interactive Playshops and In-School Residencies fewer than five days (including Artist fees, in-state travel and lodging, course materials, teacher training, and marketing expenses);
  • The Arts Curriculum Grant provides up to $6,000 per year per school for Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s In-School Residency experiences five days or longer. 


Click HERE to apply for Tennessee Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy Grant.

Click HERE for helpful guidelines on applying.


Click HERE to apply for Arts Appreciation and Arts Curriculum Grants.

Clikc HERE for helpful guidelines on applying.



Click HERE for Tennessee Arts Commission's Grant Writing Resources and Support.   

You can also contact TSC's Development Manager, Stephen Huff at [email protected] for further assistance.  Tennessee Arts Commission also has staff available to assist you, and we are happy to put you in touch with them!    




Tennessee Shakespeare Company offers a two-week summer training program for students entering grades 6-12 with some level of theatrical experience. The camp runs June 15-26. Check out what a day looks like at YPTI, our conservatory-style Summer of Shakespeare session.

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