Highlights of TSC's 2013-14 Season
Annual Report | July 2014
You helped make our Sixth Season one of our most successful and far-reaching years yet.
The season began in 2013 with our municipal government eliminating all of TSC's education funding for our community and then letting us know our office lease would not be renewed.
But take a look at what you helped us accomplish after that through June 2014...
- The National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest awarded TSC a $25,000 matching grant for our innovative Romeo and Juliet Project. TSC was one of only 40 theatres in the United States to be recognized, and the youngest, with this prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities award. You quickly matched the grant, thus nearly replacing all the education funds that were eliminated last summer.
- TSC programmed nearly 13,000 student interactions in the Memphis area, across Tennessee, and in five other southern states with its education outreach and professional productions. Programming included a TSC-created touring show titled Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll, matinees and post-show community discussions of teen violence around Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Romeo and Juliet Project in primarily Title One schools, 53 in-school playshops, 82 days of in-school residencies, and a TSC-created interactive Study Guide for The Taming of the Shrew.
- We produced five productions for over 6,000 audience members, 34% of whom were Memphis area students under 18 years of age.
- We launched the Tuesday Literary Salon as part of our Southern Exposure Series, as well as the professional career of local artist-manager Cara McHugh (TSC 2014 Journeyman).
- We welcomed new collaborators, partners, and generous sponsors in Boyle Investment Company, Independent Bank, International Paper, Shelby County Schools, and Target Stores.
- You broke all education program fundraising records with our Fifth Annual Gala in February, which featured one of the great gentlemen and talents of Broadway, Howard McGillin (Phantom of the Opera, The Mystery of Edwin Drood).
- You put TSC in a financial position to expand our upcoming seventh season, in which we will project 22% growth, project 48% of income coming from earned sources (instead of contributed sources), and ensure that 60% of our expenses will be targeted for our programming (instead of toward overhead or fixed expenses).
- We kept our ticket prices unchanged for the third year in a row.
- We transitioned to a new, modern, larger administrative office within the Shops at Forest Hill village.
Your investment in us goes into people. Not materials.
When you invested in TSC, you invested in our small staff, in our community's children and teachers, and in Shelby County's patrons who, like us and like our namesake, bring a curiosity of life's deeper questions to the stage.
Your investment in TSC does not go to a building or paying down debt or excessive overhead. TSC has none of these. What we do have are the plays of Shakespeare, great artists and teachers to explore them, a commitment to professionalism and inquiry, and you.
Thank you for going "Unto the Breach" this past year with us!
We need your expertise, your volunteerism, your good ideas, and your financial generosity.