Give a special young person the gift of Shakespeare at TSC's Summer Immersives!
One- and two-week camps for students entering Grade 6-12 enrolling nowRead More +
HamletDirected by Dan McCleary
April 3-14, 2013 | Dixon Gallery & GardensThank you for making HAMLET a record-breaking success.
The run of the show sold out to 103% capacity!
The Romeo and Juliet Project is a hit in our schools!
See how YOU can help make a difference!Read More +
We'd like to extend a special thank you to our generous Season Five Sponsors and Partners.
Open Call for Applications to Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager Program
Tennessee Shakespeare Company is now accepting letters of intent for its 2013-14 performance season in Germantown/Memphis, TN.
One male and one female artist-manager from the United States will be selected as resident journeymen.
Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
What is The Romeo and Juliet Project?
This spring, TSC brought Romeo and Juliet to life for every ninth-grade student at Bartlett, Ridgeway, and Kirby High Schools as part of The Romeo and Juliet Project. Every freshmen class received three visits from a TSC Teaching-Artist who moved the text off the page to create an active encounter with the play.
The Romeo and Juliet Project has two life-changing, even life-saving, goals:
1) To bolster interest and engagement in classical literature, sparking a life-long love affair with reading while strengthening both comprehension and self-confidence.
2) To create positive social change in each school's learning community. We do this by exploring three central themes within the play that profoundly affect Memphis youth:
- Armed Violence;
- Peer Pressure; and
- Decision-Making in the absence of adult role models.
Over the course of three sessions, students develop language to articulate their feelings, gain greater empathy and compassion for one another, and explore life-saving alternatives to resolving conflicts violently.
What are Teachers and Students Saying?
"I can't believe how into it the students are. They're really going beneath the surface and getting to the issues in this play. The way TSC teachers highlight how the story relates to the students' lives is amazing. What TSC is doing is amazing. The whole project is just amazing!"
- Barb Gelb, Director of Education & Outreach, ArtsMemphis
"This is the most enjoyable class ever. I wish you could teach the entire play!"
- Freshman English Student, Bartlett High School
"Because my students had the privilege to watch the actors in action, the play truly came alive for them during our subsequent reading of the play. The program has benefitted countless students, and I sincerely hope that it can continue its impact."
- Morgan Byrd, Freshman English Teacher, Bartlett High School
How Can I Get Involved?
Our work in the three target schools was so successful that we want to expand and bring this life-saving message to even more students throughout Memphis in Fall 2013. The Romeo and Juliet Project is funded in part by ArtsMemphis, but you can help ensure our success in the classroom by becoming a Project Sponsor.
Your sponsorship helps fund this exciting outreach endeavor, further guaranteeing that no student or school will EVER have to pay to participate. As our "thank you," your minimum sponsorship of $50.00 entitles you to receive the exclusive Romeo and Juliet Project T-Shirt. Sizes are limited, so hurry for best selection!
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- WKNO and TSC hosting costume exhibit and documentary screening
- TSC and WKNO in Memphis Awarded One of Ten WNET Grants in the United States to Partner for “Shakespeare Uncovered” in 2013
- TSC Stages Inside Dixon Gallery & Gardens It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play