Meet your 2015 Actor-Teachers!
These four will be guiding both of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's 2015 "Summer of Shakespeare" camps, as well as appearing in TSC's mainstage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the University of Memphis.
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.
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.
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 Ragtime, How 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.
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.