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Open Position:  Education and Outreach Manager

Beginning: October 31, 2016

About Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Founded in 2008, TSC is the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre, education, and training organization.  TSC produces in all three areas year-round throughout the Memphis area and the southeastern United States.  It employs all of the performing arts unions and brings artists in from all over North America to perform and/or tour in three to six productions per year.  Seeking to attain its first physical home in the near future, TSC has created a New Home Committee that will shortly launch a capital campaign to that end.  TSC performs, teaches, and works in multiple environmental spaces with an FY17 operating budget of approximately $700,000.

Education Manager Responsibilities

Supervised by General Manager, with on-the-job training provided by outgoing Manager

Market/Promote/Sell TSC's Education programs to meet budgeted income goals, serve as many patrons as possible, and elevate the visibility of the program:

  • Create marketing timeline and adhere to it,
  • Develop, with General Manager, promotional materials and opportunities,
  • Oversee the design, production, and distribution of this material and promotions,
  • Develop electronic and social media campaigns and communications for Education Programs,
  • Create and discover new audiences for TSC programs,
  • Keep to budgeted marketing and program expenses, and achieve agreed-upon budget goals with cognizance that the numbers we serve are as important as the fiscal numbers.

Manage communication/booking/scheduling for all of TSC's Education/Outreach programs:

  • Create and manage the master calendar of Education/Outreach events,
  • Manage all bookings, including schedules, appearances, contracts, invoices, payments, directions, and specific instructions for the Actor-Teachers booked for the program,
  • Collect and record all feedback and post performance/playshop/residency surveys,
  • Assist Development efforts with data for grants and donors,
  • Maintain positive relationships with schools and teachers.

Romeo and Juliet Project Master Teacher:

  • Master the curriculum, teaching aesthetic, and mission of The Romeo and Juliet Project in order to become a Teaching Artist resource as well as Teaching Artist in the classroom,
  • Update curriculum developments.

Summer Training:

  • Serve as Producer and Director of the Summer training offerings for youth.


Community Relations Responsibilities

  • Make regular appearances at community events,
  • Recruit volunteers for TSC's Groundlings organization,
  • In support of Company Manager, solicit community support via ad sales to appear in TSC playbills.

Support for Gala and events:

  • All TSC staff members support TSC events by attending (when asked) Opening Nights, Salons, Dinners, etc.,
  • All TSC staff members work and support the annual Education Gala.

At the conclusion of current fiscal year (June 30, 2017), it is hoped this employee will move forward as TSC restructures its administrative staff and assume the Directorship of the Education Department in addition to its managing.  Other responsibilities will be negotiated.  

Successful candidates will have a passion for Shakespeare's works and an ideology that is open to melding with the TSC artistic aesthetic, as well as its mission and values.  Theatre as a way to serve and elevate our community, and even activate social change, is an example of an essential shared goal.

Successful candidates should have an advanced degree or comparable professional experience; and will provide outstanding coordination, organization, timeliness, and communication skills to the position.

Successful candidates must have a working automobile, valid driver’s license, and auto insurance; and be available occasionally for early morning classes and nighttime performances while in production.

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week based on 8am-4pm Monday-Friday, and reviewable after one year.  The annual salary is $30,000 plus, following an initial three-month trial period, health/dental plan coverage paid for by TSC (100%).  Paid days off are accrued weekly up to ten (10) days per contractual year, plus select paid Holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day).

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter outlining interest, experience, and potential fit for the position along with a resume that includes a history of not-for-profit or commercial success to Dan McCleary at [email protected].  Please list three references’ names and contact information.  No phone calls, please.  We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.  

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.  Only qualified candidates need apply.


  • Arts Midwest Announces 2016–2017 Shakespeare in American Communities Grants
  • The Oliver Experiment
  • Midsummer Night
  • TSC Announces Four New Members

Arts Midwest Announces 2016–2017
Shakespeare in American Communities
Including Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Grants Mark 14th Year of Bringing Shakespeare to Youth

logo nea 2016Minneapolis, MN/Memphis, TN – Arts Midwest today announced $1 million in grants to 40 nonprofit, professional theater companies across 26 states, plus the District of Columbia, to perform the works of William Shakespeare for students through Shakespeare in American Communities.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company was announced as one of the 40 recipients (one of only six in the southeastern U.S.) for the third time in its history.  The grant will support TSC’s innovative and successful Romeo and Juliet Project in underserved Freshman high school classes in 2016-17.

The awards mark the fourteenth consecutive year of Shakespeare in American Communities, a national program managed by Arts Midwest in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

Each of the participating theater companies will present productions of Shakespeare plays to students from at least 10 schools.  Accompanying educational activities include in-school residencies, workshops, or post-performance discussions.  Performances will take place between August 1, 2016, and July 31, 2017.

Since the program’s inception in 2003, Shakespeare in American Communities has introduced middle and high school students to the power of live theater and the masterpieces of William Shakespeare, benefiting more than 2.8 million individuals, including 2.3 million students, with live performances and educational activities.

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Sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (NYC)

Presents its Third Musical in Development August 15 on the University of Memphis mainstage:

The Oliver Experiment

What if your entire life were a Broadway musical…and you had no clue?

Featuring Broadway’s Brightest Stars

Memphis, TN (July 27, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, presents its third and final developing musical reading on the U of M mainstage with The Oliver Experiment by Jeremy Desmon and Jeff Thomson on August 15 at 7:00 pm.

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Midsummer Night

Live music, glow sticks, and power chords!
Featuring Broadway’s Katrina Lenk and Eric B. Anthony

Memphis, TN (June 15, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, presents its second developing musical reading on the U of M mainstage with Midsummer Night by Valerie Vigoda and Brendan Milburn on June 27 at 7:00 pm.

Tickets for the reading are just $15, or $10 for Students and Seniors.

Midsummer Night, directed by Janet Roston, is the second of three developing musicals in TSC’s inaugural Showplace Memphis: Musical Works in Progress.

Broadway's Katrina Lenk

 Eric B. Anthony

Broadway's Katrina Lenk and Eric B. Anthony 

Sponsored by one of Broadway’s elite musical licensing companies, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW) and President/CEO Steve Spiegel, based in New York City, Showplace Memphis has been devised as the next creative stage for three musicals en route to full productions in New York and on the regional theatre circuit across the U.S.  The first musical in Showplace Memphis last month was a very successful reading of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical.  The final musical will be a charming and surprising new piece, The Oliver Experiment (August 15).

TRW has selected the musicals, and the Actors’ Equity casts and directors are coming from all around the country and Memphis.

The cast includes Broadway’s Katrina Lenk (Once; Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark; The Miracle Worker) as Titania and Eric B. Anthony (The Lion King; Hairspray; Mary Poppins) as Puck.

Songwriters Brendan Milburn and Valerie Vigoda join with co-creator/director Janet Roston (Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Rock Opera Company) for this new take on William Shakespeare’s beloved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  The musical is set within a modern-day rock festival.  It’s a rollicking collision of rock music, iambic pentameter, and hipsters – where rock stars Titania and Oberon quarrel, festival assistant Puck creates havoc, and roadie Bottom gets a chance to shine.  

Keyboardist Milburn and electric violinist Vigoda have been singing and writing songs together for over 20 years, first for their band GrooveLily, and more recently for musical theatre and film.  Theatre:  Striking Twelve, Sleeping Beauty Wakes, Beautiful Poison, Wheelhouse, Toy Story: The Musical, Long Short Story, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, its complete reworking as the rock musical Midsummer Night, and Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.  Film: many songs for Tinker Bell for Disney animated movies.  Additional music is provided by Gene Lewin.   

The Midsummer Night creators and cast will collaborate and rehearse at the U of M for ten days leading up to its reading.  Though it will be going through both script and music changes, Midsummer Night will be played and sung in its entirety and with musical accompaniment on the U of M’s mainstage.  No other design elements (scenic/costumes/lights) will be integrated.

Audiences will have an opportunity to speak with the actors and creators of Midsummer Night immediately following its reading.  Audiences also will inform the production by completing an audience survey that will help the creative team in future development phases.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces Four New Members to its Board of Directors

Memphis, TN – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre and education organization, announced the addition of four new members to its Board of Directors, led by President Owen B. Tabor, M.D.

Now in the midst of its eighth season, TSC has expanded the Board to its largest membership.  The Board is made up of 26 members and now six Emeritus members.

New members voted onto the Board beginning FY16 for their first three-year terms are:

Elise L. Jordan, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with FedEx Express.

Dorothy O. Kirsch, Memphis philanthropist with a long history of supporting the arts and culture in the Mid-South.

Anne Johnson Mead, partner at the law firm of Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC, focusing her practice on litigation, collaborative law, and mediation.  Anne is a member of the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations, and serves on the Board for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar.

Tracy Vezina Patterson, Director of Alumni Relations at Rhodes College.  She is an alumna of Rhodes College and the University of Memphis School of Law.  Tracy is actively involved in several ministries of St. George's Episcopal Church and has served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden.  Past civic involvements include Memphis Civitan and Special Kids and Families.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

Boyle         FedEx         Tennessee Arts Commission

International Paper             University of Memphis  logo-arts-memphis

     First Tenneessee Foundation    

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Individual Season Sponsors:

Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund; Nancy Copp; Ernest, Pat, Martha, and Marian Kelly; Milton T. Schaeffer; The Family of Owen and Margaret Tabor;
Ann and Wellford Tabor.

Season Partners:

Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Hutchison School, Shelby County Schools, St. George’s Church, The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance

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