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Tennessee Shakespeare Company and WKNO in Memphis Awarded One of Ten WNET Grants in the United States to Partner for "Shakespeare Uncovered" in 2013

(December 17, 2012) Memphis, TN: Tennessee Shakespeare Company and WKNO public television/radio in Memphis, TN, are partnering January through May 2013 on a community-wide project to celebrate the works of Shakespeare and expose the community to his plays.

The two organizations will hold special events – such as screenings and workshops – produce special pieces for television and radio, and much more thanks to a national grant from WNET in New York for the PBS series, "Shakespeare Uncovered."

The partnership between TSC and WKNO is one of only ten such collaborations between public television stations and Shakespeare companies in the United States to receive the grant by WNET.

This special series will air Fridays, January 25 - February 8, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2, and the following Sunday afternoons at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO/Channel 10.

Shakespeare Uncovered airs Sundays, January 27-February 10 at 4:00 p.m., beginning January 27, on WKNO/Channel 10. It will also air the previous Fridays (January 25-February 8) at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2, available over the air on Channel 10.2 and on Comcast Channel 910.

The six-part series will air in two-hour blocks over three weeks.

"Macbeth with Ethan Hawke" Sunday, January 27 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"The Comedies with Joely Richardson" Sunday, January 27 at 5:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, January 25 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"Richard II with Derek Jacobi" Sunday, February 3 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 1 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"Henry IV and Henry V with Jeremy Irons" Sunday, February 3 at 5:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 1 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"Hamlet with David Tennant" Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 8 at 8:00 p.m. on WKNO2.

"The Tempest with Trevor Nunn" Sunday, February 10 at 5:00 p.m. on WKNO.
Friday, February 8 at 9:00 p.m. on WKNO2.


  • Romeo and Juliet Project - 4th Year
  • Prestigious Grant Awarded
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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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The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest Award Tennessee Shakespeare Company with Prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities Grant for Second Year

(Memphis, TN; July 7, 2014) –  Arts Midwest has announced that Tennessee Shakespeare Company is one of just 40 theatre companies in the United States to receive its prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities grant for TSC's innovative Romeo and Juliet Project. This is the second consecutive year TSC has been awarded the grant as the youngest organization of the 40 theatres selected.

The grant is for $25,000, which TSC must match through private donations.

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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.


Hear Dan McCleary's interview about Richard III with WKNO's Darel Snodgrass.



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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

Boyle         FedEx         logo-arts-memphis

International Paper            University of Memphis


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