Actors May Now Apply for The Memphis Shakespeare Weekend Intensive

Pictured: Dave Demke

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is now accepting applications for its Memphis Shakespeare Weekend Intensive, running July 24 - 26, hosted by the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance.

Click here for the Application/Deposit form.  Only 7 more participant slots are available.

The Schedule

Friday, July 24 from 6pm - 10pm
Saturday, July 25 from 10am - 10pm
Sunday, July 26 from 10am - 4pm. 

Adequate time is allotted for meal breaks.

Is This for You?

This work is designed to serve both professional and aspiring actors, age 21 and older, who want to speak Shakespeare with clarity, skill, and passion.  The Intensive is strategically limited to 12 participants to ensure that everyone receives personal coaching and attention.

What is the Intensive Training?

Exercises in Linklater voice, Alexander and Trish Arnold movement, and text work based on John Barton's work and Neil Freeman's First Folio research, will be used to free up breath, voice, impulses, imagination, and the actor's intelligence.  Individual monologue coaching will focus on developing a personal, passionate connection to Shakespeare's text.  Participants can expect to leave the Intensive personally enriched and enlightened.

Read more: Memphis Shakespeare Training Intensive

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

pic-poster-midsummer-nightsthe comedy by William Shakespeare

directed by Stephanie Shine

in partnership with

University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance

University of Memphis Mainstage

June 4-21, 2015

Sponsored by

and the Margaret & Owen Tabor family

Additional funding provided by:

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance presents a magical, family-friendly, VooDoo-inspired production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the U of M’s Mainstage from June 4-21.


The southern-infused production will feature the company’s largest cast in its seven seasons and will explore the expansiveness and technical capabilities of the U of M mainstage.  The team of professional designers consists of present U of M faculty and alumni, and the cast features talented U of M actors interning alongside performers of Actors’ Equity Association assembled from around the nation. 

The production’s title sponsor is FedEx, making possible Free Will Kids Night every Thursday night (up to four children 17 years and younger admitted free when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.)

Additional funding is generously provided by Owen and Margaret Tabor, First Tennessee Foundation, Xfinity, and Independent Bank.

G Valmont Thomas (Bottom) and Stephanie Weeks (Titania).
G Valmont Thomas (Bottom) and Stephanie Weeks (Titania).
Phil Darius Wallace (Oberon) with Noah Duff and Stephanie Weeks
Phil Darius Wallace (Oberon) with Noah Duffy (Puck),
G Valmont Thomas (Bottom), and Stephanie Weeks (Titania)
Rachel Brun (Helena), Jon Castro (Lysander), Caley Milliken (Hermia), Roman Kalei (Demetrius)
Rachel Brun (Helena), Jon Castro (Lysander),
Caley Milliken (Hermia), Roman Kalei (Demetrius)
Phil Darius Wallace (Oberon)
Phil Darius Wallace (Oberon)

Directed by TSC’s Stephanie Shine (Romeo and Juliet, A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Southern Yuletide), A Midsummer Night’s Dream places Duke Theseus’ court in World War II America and the peaceful though mischievous fairie kingdom in the spanish-moss strewn bayous of turn-of-the-19th century Louisiana.  Big Band, Swing, Cajun, and Creole music will be played live on stage by the hard-working, busking men of the French Quarter.

Since the 17th century, Shakespeare’s most magical comedy has been one of his most-produced on English-speaking stages.  Likely written around 1595, chronologically joining the script with Romeo and Juliet, Love’s Labor’s Lost, and The Merchant of VeniceA Midsummer Night’s Dream is unusual when compared to the rest of Shakespeare’s canon.  It has no readily identifiable main source.  Shakespeare was inspired by the writings of Plutarch, Chaucer, Ovid, as well as folklore, but his magical play of chaos is likely his very own creation.  Uniquely, he orchestrates four main themes, all entirely different, without relegating any to secondary status. 

Shakespeare’s symphony of a narrative telescopes in a finite period of time. He weaves together the waking and sleeping worlds; loving and violent worlds; the spirit and mortal worlds; day and night; male and female; jealousy and compassion in a musical romp that is Shakespeare’s first deep consideration of the relationship between art and humanity.

The world of the Court, where Duke Theseus has violently triumphed over and won Queen Hippolyta, begins to spin off its seasonal axis as the nighttime spirit world ruled by Oberon and Titania tilts in a petty feud.  Racing into the dark woods amid these shifts are four young lovers ruled by their hearts and Bottom’s group of musical hard-working men rehearsing ambitiously their self-scribed play.  Fairie Robin Goodfellow (Puck) is the link between all the worlds, wreaking havoc through magic transformation of the heart and head (that of a donkey). 

Out of the discord comes concord and a seeing of the world with “parted eye.”  An evening of genuine playmaking and love transforms into marriage and celebration, which begets blessings bestowed on all the worlds, all humanity, all spirituality.

"Our production explores both the collision and the communion of different groups of beings,” says director Shine, while in rehearsal at the U of M mainstage.  “The worlds within the play are vastly different, and yet common ground is forged when all are found in the same mystical forest.

“Throughout literature, trials by wilderness offer the possibility to emerge a changed being; and our play radiates with the same transformation for characters escaping into the night woods to question their desires.  I can think of no more mystical, magical, and mysterious place in America than the bayous of southern Louisiana with its sultry mists, gymnastic cypress trees, and prehistoric creatures.  The surrounding human cultures within nearby New Orleans celebrate and retain their origins through ritual, language, custom, food, and music unique to the region.  What we know of Louisiana and New Orleans lends an exotic reality to this fantastical play, letting its powers of transformation root more deeply."

Read more: A Midsummer Night’s Dream

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Annual Gala

It's a delicious dinner buffet with cocktails. It's a gleeful, rapid-fire-fast, live auction.  It's a one-of-a-kind Broadway performance.  It's an exquisite selection of delectable desserts.  And it's an opportunity to support a remarkable Education Program and to share the love with tens of thousands of students. 

It's a party like no other.


Join us for the next bash, coming in 2016! All Gala proceeds go toward Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Education Program, which reaches out to young students all across the mid-south. Every year, TSC hires professional actor-teachers from around the country to teach and perform its programs, which include the nationally-recognized Romeo & Juliet Project, the "Summer of Shakespeare" youth training program, touring shows like "Shakespeare Said It!" that reach schools as far as Charlotte, NC, and much more.


See what next year holds in store!


Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces
Open Enrollment for its Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps Held at the University of Memphis in June

Dynamic Theatre Training for Youth

summer-camp-enrollmentMemphis, TN (March 26, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre and education organization, is offering two unique, immersive Shakespeare Training Camps to be held for the first time on the campus of the University of Memphis this June.

TSC's Shakespeare Training Camps are open to students entering Grades 6-12. The one-week camp (The Play's The Thing: June 8-12) explores Shakespeare's As You Like It and is ideal for participants with little or no theatre experience. The cost per participant of the one-week camp is $250. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

The two-week camp (Young Players Training Intensive: June 15-26) is ideal for participants with a little more theatre experience. The cost per participant of the two-week camp is $500. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

Both camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday; and both camps are already one-third full. The final scene-sharings for each camp will be played on the Mainstage in the Theatre Building. Camp sessions will be held in the adjacent Communication and Fine Arts Building at the University of Memphis.

Read more: TSC Announces Open Enrollment for its Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps