Our Past Productions

"Brave New World" Fourth Season a Success

TSC's 2011-12 expanded performance and education season featured four mainstage shows, two touring productions, the Valentine's Gala, two co-productions, and a renovated outdoor amphitheatre.  More than 11,100 patrons experienced Shakespeare in the Park and Southern Exposure Series performances across three states.  Thank you!

“The Apparel Oft Proclaims the Man” – A “Shakespeare Uncovered” Costume Exhibit

March 18-April 12
WKNO Digital Media Center
7151 Cherry Farms Road in Cordova

Back by popular demand, WKNO and Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC) host a Shakespearean Costume Exhibit as a companion for the PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered. The exhibit is curated by TSC designer Bruce Bui. Admission is free. The exhibit is open Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., March 18-April 12.

The 6-part PBS series Shakespeare Uncovered will return in an all-day marathon on Memorial Day on WKNO/Channel 10.

Shakespeare Uncovered is made possible by The National Endowment for the Humanities and the generous support of the project's lead foundation sponsor, The Howard and Abby Milstein Foundation. Major funding is also provided by Rosalind P. Walter, The Polonsky Foundation, Virginia and Dana Randt, The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust, and PBS.

An Open Letter from Dan McCleary                                                                          

Tennessee Shakespeare Company founder and producing artistic director                                                                                               

July 15, 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Dear Shakespeare Friend,Romeo  Juliet for Open Letter

It is my pleasure to let you know about two wonderful contributions to our Education Program - and one that I hope you will consider making:                                                

NEA/Arts Midwest Grant:
The National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest announced that Tennessee Shakespeare Company is one of just 40 theatre companies in the United States to receive a prestigious Shakespeare in American Communities grant for our innovative Romeo and Juliet Project. This is the second consecutive year TSC (the youngest organization recognized) has been awarded the grant.

The grant is for $25,000, which TSC must match through contributions. It will help us continue our life-changing, grade-raising Romeo and Juliet Project in five high schools in the Memphis area, four of which are Title One schools: Bartlett, Booker T. Washington, Carver, Kirby, and Ridgeway.

The Project will visit entire ninth-grade classes in all five schools a total of four times, including three progressive playshops culminating in an interactive, in-school performance of Romeo and Juliet.

Even more important than falling in love with Shakespeare, live theatre, or making better grades - the Project's impact, as was the original function of theatre, is humanitarian. Students realize that they have the ability to improve each others' lives. This is what gives The Romeo and Juliet Project profound meaning in our community.

FedEx Corporation:
Our friends at FedEx Corporation, headquartered in Memphis, have already pledged $15,000 toward this $25,000 grant.

Isn't that terrific news?!

FedEx generously has supported TSC's performance season for the past several years, and this is their inaugural gift to our Memphis-based education program. I consider this a great endorsement. Their generosity will have an immediate and profound impact on our community.

Will you help us raise the balance of $10,000 by the end of this month to match the NEA grant?

Your gift, of any amount, will go directly to our Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, which provides up to 50% of our matching education needs in the year.

You can click here to make a tax-deductible gift on-line, or you can contact me at [email protected] and 901-759-0620. I am glad to answer any questions you might have and to speak more about how the Romeo and Juliet Project is changing lives for the better in Memphis.

On behalf of our Board, staff, teachers, students, FedEx, Arts Midwest, and the National Endowment for the Arts: thank you for your kind consideration.

Lots of love,


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:

XFINITY Logo CMYK               Edited First TN



“And then the moon, like to a silver bow
New-bent in heaven, shall behold the night
Of our solemnities.”

During the time of year when our Earth tilts most toward the Sun, how ironic it is that the night should be so long in Shakespeare’s ode to mischief-making love.  

The joy of the moonlit forest features the rocking ground of Oberon and his flower-squirting Puck, Titania and her donkey-headed Bottom, and Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, and Hermia who awake to both worlds with “parted eye.”  

But which is the illusion: our dreams or our waking lives?

TSC proudly presents this family production in partnership with The University of Memphis on its Mainstage.  

The creative team includes costumer Janice Benning-Lacek (TSC’s previous Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest) and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Free Will Kids’ Nights are June 4, 11, and 18:  Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian.  Preview performances are June 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm.

Special abbreviated versions of the production will be presented for families on June 10 and 17 at 10:30 am for $10.  Seating is general admission.



ArtsMemphis Awards Education Grant to Tennessee Shakespeare Company to Introduce 2,150 Incoming High School Freshmen to Romeo and Juliet

(October 15, 2012) – ArtsMemphis announced that Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, has been awarded a matching $19,000 Arts Education and Outreach grant to fund an enhancement and expansion of its successful Romeo and Juliet Project pilot program into three area schools in 2013. 

The three participating schools are Bartlett High School, Ridgeway High School, and Kirby High School.  A separate education grant from the City of Germantown and Germantown Performing Arts Centre will help fund the program and a host of other interactive and performance events at two additional schools, including Germantown High School.

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