Owen Britt Tabor, MD (President) was born in Germantown (Philadelphia), PA, the only Yankee by birth at that time in a very large Southern family. He was schooled by Quakers at the William Penn Charter School, then by Methodists at Wesleyan University (CT), and finally by tobacco at Duke University School of Medicine. His wife of nearly 48 years, Margaret Wellford Tabor, has introduced him to the finer things in life, including Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Dr. Tabor has worked as a Navy Flight Surgeon (1965-68) and as an Orthopedic Surgeon since then; but now partially retired, he says, "I am excited about serving with a group of truly exceptional and dedicated people as this organization progresses. Henry V was right when he rallied to those who would recall their own service on St. Crispin's day at Agincourt - so it is with this remarkable TSC Board...it WILL be remembered!"
Robert C. "Bobby" Lanier (Vice President), a Shelby County native, was the executive assistant to three mayors of Shelby County, serving as their chief aide and advisor. Mr. Lanier was a founder and a Vice-Chairman of the Board of The Bank of Germantown and a former director of Neshoba Bank. Currently, he serves as Advisor-Director of Trustmark National Bank. He is the past President and Director of the GermantownCharity Horse Show, and is its Executive Director. Mr. Lanier is a member of the four-person advisory Board of the Germantown Festival Association, and was the 1998-99 President of the Mid-South Fair. He was also voted Germantown Man of the Year in 1963, 1976, 2005, and 2007.
Cary Whitehead III (Treasurer) is a native Memphian, has been in commercial real estate for 40 years and is Senior Vice President of Boyle Investment Company. Mr. Whitehead has served on the Boards of Directors of The Emmanuel Episcopal Center and Memphis Youth Initiative.
Michelle Crews (Secretary), a native of Jackson, MS, received her BA in English from the University of Mississippi and her MA in English Literature from the University of Memphis. While at Memphis, she studied Shakespeare with Dr. Louis Charles Stagg. A former high school English teacher, Michelle loves everything British, particularly the six completed perfect novels of Jane Austen. The only literature that can tempt her away from British is Southern, especially the novels of William Faulkner, the short stories of Eudora Welty, and the plays of Tennessee Williams. She has been involved with the Shakespeare Readers, a group founded by Margaret Tabor to engage and excite readers of all interests and abilities in the plays of Shakespeare. An avid pianist and tennis player, Michelle is the wife of John Crews and the mother of two sons, Tripp and George.
Barbara B. Apperson, the generous host of TSC's inaugural outdoor performance component and mother of three, is a long-time resident of Shelby County and an active member of St. George's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Apperson served on the Board of Directors of the Samaritan Counseling Center and the Junior League of Memphis. She is the namesake of TSC's "Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund," who's mission is to bring as many Mid-South children to Shakespeare as possible.
Nancy Copp has served on the Board of Directors of the Crippled Children's Hospital, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Academy of Arts, and St. George's Episcopal Day School. Mrs. Copp also founded and served on the Board of Memphis House, a drug-rehabilitation facility. In Maine, she was associated with the Prouts Association, the Prouts Neck Run Centennial Celebration, and the Winslow Homer Studio.
Blanche Deaderick, a Memphis and Shelby County teacher for 39 years, was named Teacher of the Year for Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, and the Germantown Community. She was twice named Tennessee Council for Social Studies Outstanding Teacher, and in 2007 was named to the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame. A graduate of Leadership Memphis, she is a trained mediator for civil and commercial disputes, has been a member of the Facing History and Ourselves National Teacher Leadership Team, has served on the boards of Bridge Builders, the Memphis Junior League, and Planned Parenthood, and is currently a member of the Foster Care Review Board at Juvenile Court and the Tennessee Women's Forum. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.A. in History from The University of Memphis. Mrs. Deaderick is Associate Director of the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies.
Ruth Dunning, a teacher for over 40 years, has taught in Stuttgart, Germany, Evansville, Indiana, and Shelby County. She currently teaches at the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies. Mrs. Dunning is the past president of the Brooks Museum League, and Chair of the Designers and Artists Showcase. She has been Teacher of the Year at Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, and the 1986 TEA State Teacher of the Year. In addition, she was the Germantown News Teacher on the Move, and the city of Germantown Teacher of the Year. In 2001, Mrs. Dunning was named a Germantown Hometown Hero.
John Paul (Jack) Jones, after graduating from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia Law School in 1948, joined the Memphis law firm of Wrap and Hernly, with offices in Washington, DC. He later went into private practice where he specialized in interstate commerce transportation, and labor law. In 1960, Mr. Jones became publisher of Memphis Daily News, a family-owned business and legal newspaper, that has published since 1886. Mr. Jones retired from the practice of law in 1992. A lifelong resident of Memphis, he is a past president of the Tennessee Press Association, the American Court and Commercial Newspapers, Inc., and also a past member of the Memphis Literacy Council. Mr. Jones is a board member of the Benjamin C. Hooks Library, the Rock n, Soul Museum, located in the FedEx Forum, and a founder of the Memphis Economic Club. Mr. Jones is a lifelong devotee of Thomas Jefferson and William Shakespeare.
Ernest G. Kelly, Jr. maintains a general civil practice, including civil rights matters, personnel matters and trial experience in all local civil courts. He has represented the Memphis Board of Education as general counsel and lead trial counsel since 1973. Mr. Kelly has been with Evans/Petree PC since his graduation from law school.
Sheryl Lipman (Past President) is the University Counsel and Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis. Ms. Lipman is a Board member of the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Development Corporation, and Past Chair and current Board member of Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood. Additionally, Ms. Lipman is on the Board of Advisors of Facing History and Ourselves and on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Jewish Federation. The Memphis Business Journal selected Ms. Lipman as one of the Top 40 under 40 in 1998, and in 1995 she was a member of the Merit Selection Panel to Choose Federal Public defender for Western District of Tennessee. She studied at the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law.
Anne Cunningham O'Neill
Affiliation: Freelance Journalism
Raymond U. Osarogiagbon, MD FACP, is a hematologist, medical oncologist (blood, cancer specialist). Director of the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute's Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology, Dr. Osarogiagbon is an alumnus of Cambridge University's Shakespeare Summer School and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. "I advocate active performance of all texts, but believe that everything begins with Shakespeare. Great poetry and drama, by providing psychological insights, foster mutual understanding. Every community needs Shakespeare."
C. Penn Owen, III is managing partner of Bowdre Place with farming interests in Tunica County, Mississippi. A graduate of Washington and Lee University, he currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Dixon Gallery and Gardens. He is the former Chairman of the Board of the Memphis College of Art, and has served on the Board of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amheart, VA. He is a founding member and Past President of the Robinsonville, Mississippi Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is a past Advisory Board Member of the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA, past member of the Board of the Tunica County Chamber of Commerce, and past member of the Board of Directors of the Planters Bank in Tunica. He currently serves on the Endowment Committee for Calvary Episcopal Church, where he and his wife, Gwen, attend.
W. Reid Sanders
Affiliations: Chickasaw Partners, Hugo Dixon Foundation, Rhodes College, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Pioneer Group, Inc., Harbor Global Company, Ltd., TV A Entertainment Corporation, Independent Bank, Mid-America Apartment Communities
Milton T. Schaeffer serves on the Board of Directors of both the Germantown Performing Arts Center and IRIS. Mr. Schaeffer is a partner of Oak Ridge Investments, Dallas, Texas, and he is the retired owner of Bluff City Buick in Memphis.
Margaret Wellford Tabor graduated from The Hutchison School, received her BA from Connecticut College and her MA from the University of Memphis. In addition, Mrs. Tabor attended the graduated schools of English at Duke University, the University of Memphis, and Exeter College at Oxford University in England. She has been a full- and part-time teacher at The Hutchinson School and MUS and an instructor at the Meeman Center at Rhodes College. Mrs. Tabor is an active supporter of the arts and education in Memphis. She and her husband, Dr. Owen Tabor, support Teach for America and often plan vacations where excellent Shakespeare productions may be found. She is a full-time mother and grandmother.
Deborah Dunklin Tipton
E. Frank Bluestein (Ex-officio, non-voting) is the Executive Producer of the Tennessee Arts Academy, Founder and Chairman of Germantown High School's Fine Arts Department, and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning Germantown Community Television. He is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He has served on arts advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Board Arts Advisory Committee, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Tennessee Arts Commission. A frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues, Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance.
Dan McCleary (Ex-officio, non-voting), a native Memphian, was Associate Artistic Director of the internationally-renowned Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts for the last half of his 13-year tenure. As an artist-manager, he served as the Company's director of communications, marketing, public relations, and development, as well as performing in or directing more than 25 productions. Mr. McCleary has acted in and directed more than 150 regional theatre productions, including critically-acclaimed work as Macbeth, Richard III, Falstaff, Marc Antony, Brutus, Petruchio, and Coriolanus. Also a playwright and poet, Mr. McCleary teaches Shakespeare master classes and gives lectures frequently in theatres, colleges, and high schools across the country. He graduated from Germantown High School and Temple University's School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Audrey L. Taylor (1917-2012) was a long-time resident of Shelby County. Her family is now the owner of Wildwood Farms in Germantown. She was a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Crippled Children's Hospital, and a member of the Junior League of Memphis and the Little Garden Club. Tennessee Shakespeare Company's fifth season is dedicated to Audrey for her great friendship, unswerving loyalty, and heart-felt generosity.
George Walters (Past President) is a long-time and influential community volunteer in Germantown and Shelby County. He is a past Chairman of the Germantown Performing Arts Center and past President of the Germantown Community Theatre. In addition to serving on numerous Boards and commissions, Mr. Walters is a Co-Founder and the current President of Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), and the President of the popular Germantown Festival.
Louise Collier Calandruccio (Founding Member) is an active member of the Memphis Garden Club. She recently illustrated a brochure on Riverwoods, a Tennessee State Natural Area, in Germantown. Mrs. Calandruccio is a volunteer for the Emmanuel Center, including the Art Camp, as well as the Episcopal Church Women scholarship committee. She has served for many years on the Board of Advisors for Bridges USA. She is the wife of Dr. Jim Calandruccio, and the mother of two.