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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!

News

  • Memphis Mayor to Visit Romeo and Juliet Project
  • Romeo and Juliet Project - 4th Year
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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.
 
Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of Romeo and Juliet and The Romeo and Juliet Project are part of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
 
Additional funding is provided by FedEx, International Paper, and individual contributions to TSC’s Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, charged with bringing as many children as possible to live, professional Shakespeare performance and interactive study.
 
The Romeo and Juliet Project, created and directed by TSC Education Director Stephanie Shine is provided free of charge to participating schools and students.

“Mayor Wharton challenged us to discover a way for the arts to activate positive social change while simultaneously heightening academic success,” says TSC founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary.  “That was four years ago.  We have now created an interactive, in-classroom curriculum that is meeting both challenges successfully, gaining both student and teacher momentum in county-wide schools, and hopefully will become a model for replication around the United States.  His challenge inspired us, and his presence with us at East High will further galvanize us.  I am grateful and honored to have the Mayor join us and endorse The Romeo and Juliet Project.”
 
Please note, the Mayor’s schedule is subject to change.  Media will be immediately informed of any change.

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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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Children 17 years and younger are admitted FREE at all Thursday night performances when accompanied by a paying guardian.  Limit four per guardian.  Made possible by the Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

Boyle         FedEx         logo-arts-memphis

International Paper            University of Memphis

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Theatrical Rights Worldwide

First Tenneessee Foundation

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Tennessee Arts Commission


Season Sponsors:
Arts Memphis, Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, Nancy and Dan Copp, FedEx Corporation, Independent Bank, Ernest and Pat Kelly, Jr., National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest, Milton T. Schaeffer, The Family of Margaret and Owen Tabor, Ann and Wellford Tabor, and Tennessee Arts Commission.

Season Partners:
Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Theatrical Rights Worldwide,
and The University of Memphis.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence       ArtsMemphis    logo-gacc          Tennesseans for the Arts     Tennessee Theatre Association