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“Requiem Birthsong for William Shakespeare”

on the occasion of the 400th Anniversary of his passing

by Dan McCleary

(from Dan’s speech at this month’s TSC Gala)

“We see ourselves in the boy fishing for the first time.

In the woman much older now in her wheelchair.

We quietly revel in taking a moment to guide a young person we don’t know.

We all want to pass ourselves on.

We want to see ourselves in our leaders.

We want to see our values expressed in our city.

We need another person to reflect us.

But we also require the problem, the defeat, the death to take our focus from ourselves to others.

The plays of William Shakespeare are still produced more today, still read more today, than any other play. What he writes is intimate to him and personally developed. His craft, though, is in placing his focus on the self WITHIN his community, the religions that surround him, the political debates, the woods, the court, his country’s history, the world’s future, the cosmos.

As Shakespeare did 400 years ago this month, we will all die from this earth. We can have solace in this shared experience. These bodies, fellow travelers, will go. Ours are small material on a small planet in a galaxy of billions of stars among billions of other galaxies. Billions of years old and billions of years to go.

WE are finite.

Is it any wonder, then, that we all share an innate need to know ourselves, to know we must have an impact on the world and those around us and those to come. Of course. Of course we want to know how to act. Of course we feel the need to define ourselves, to make our little time on our little street huge and important and meaningful. Of course we need others to know us so we can feel we exist in the middle of the night when the rest of the street sleeps. Of course. So of course we construct theories and miracles and narratives that allow us to comprehend our existence and our passing.

For many of us, Shakespeare provides this narrative, but also the embrace of mystery.

In Shakespeare’s poetic world, the true prophets are often madmen, the blind, the outsiders, the poor, the clowns, the fools. In his world, women and those in the minority not only achieve equality, they often lead the narrative, they forgive the men, they sacrifice. In his world, monsters, fairies, and murderers cry to dream again, cry for forgiveness, cry for humanity. Shakespeare awakens them to their true selves. He appeals to our collective unconscious.

Over four hundred years ago, England turned to William Shakespeare to teach its history and its new language.

Now, you and I turn to Shakespeare to give us language to articulate what might be madness, what might be fantasy, what might possibly be peace. His endurance lies in his multiplicity of ideas and arguments, together with his poetic restraint from imposing his answers on them. The poet in him respects you and me 400 years after his death. You and I turn to Shakespeare in order to recognize the beauty in what is naturally so, to recognize our natural compulsion to human compassion.

You and I speak as we speak, think as we think, love as we love, act as we do (or don’t) in part because of William Shakespeare.

In this moment, we honor his time on Earth.

It is with this passion and spirit that Tennessee Shakespeare Company was born here, and why eight years later we steadily grow, seeking now a permanent home.
William Shakespeare is for everyone.

The End.”

Henry V

Henry V William Shakespeare's perfect wartime chronicle
in memory of Dan Copp
in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance
at the University of Memphis' Theatre Building
June 9-19, 2016

sponsored by 

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Ann & Wellford Tabor, Pat & Ernest Kelly, Marian Kelly, and Martha Kelly


“we few, we happy few, we band of brothers”

Shakespeare’s rousing history crowns both young King Henry V as a warrior Legend and his rationale for waging war as a haunting moral ambiguity.  In his youth, young Hal spent his days in a band of pick-pockets led by the derelict fat knight Falstaff.   But having successfully defended his father-King in their country’s civil war, now King Henry decides France is his to take.  He conquers superior numbers abroad with soaring orations and wins a princess without a tongue for French. 

But at what cost?

At 10 minutes prior to each performance, Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary and/or the director will speak with the audience about the play and playwright.

Free Will Kids’ Nights are June 9 and 16:  Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian. 

General Admission tickets are $34.  The Preview performances (only $16) are June 9 and 10 at 7:00 pm.  The opening night is June 11, and the price of your ticket includes a post-show reception with the actors.  Senior tickets (62 years and older) are $29, and Student tickets (18 years and younger) are $16. 

Free parking.  Title/cast/schedule subject to change, with notice.  Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket processing fee.  No refunds/exchanges.

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Our 2015-16 Company

Actor's Equity Association

Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, Tennessee Shakespeare Company has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org.

Isaac Anderson headshotIsaac Anderson* (Parolles in All's Well That Ends Well) is delighted to be returning to Tennessee Shakespeare Company in All's Well That Ends Well after making his first professional performance with TSC in The Romeo and Juliet Project in 2014.  His recent theatre credits include Beethoven in Dog Sees God (Santa Monica Playhouse) and Orestes in Orestes (Steppenwolf West).  Recent film and television credits include roles in Zoombies (Syfy Channel), Killer Kids (Lifetime Movie Network), and Just One Drink (Chinese American Film festival). 

Rebecca Bailey Klepko (Costume Designer for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: Assistant Costume Designer for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night.  Rebecca received her MFA in Costume Design from the University of Memphis and her BA in Theatre Studies in Costume Design from Brigham Young University.  Her most recent designs include Beggar's Opera for the University of Memphis Opera, Fiddler on the Roof and Annie Get Your Gun at Sundance Summer Theater, Blood Wedding at Utah Valley University, Phantom of the OperaArabian Nights, and Batboy at the University of Memphis, and in BYU Young Ambassador's Harmony.  She has also served as Assistant Designer on New Day Children's Theater's Beauty and the Beast.  She would like to thank her husband Ryan and her baby puppies, Bleu and Watson, for being her best assistants in life!

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Lydia Barnett-Mulligan* (Helena in All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: 400: The Shakespeare Feast.  Lydia has trained and performed at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, since the age of 15, where credits include Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Ice Glen, both directed by Tina Packer, and Servant of Two Masters directed by Dan McCleary.  She is a seasonal company member of Actors’ Shakespeare Project in Boston, where plays have included Measure for Measure, The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Selected regional credits include The Physicists (w/ Roger Rees) at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Saving Kitty (Kitty) at the Nora Theatre, Twelfth Night (Viola) and Pericles (Thaisa) at Elm Shakespeare in New Haven, CT, Romeo and Juliet (Juliet) at Putney Gardens, and Shakespeare On Love (Juliet) at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.  Directing credits: King John, The Tempest, and Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me at Williams College. www.lydiabarnettmulligan.com

Lawrence BlackwellLawrence Blackwell (Fight Choreographer for Lend Me Thy Sword! Foils, Fisticuffs, and Funny FUNNY Bits and for Romeo and Juliet Schools Tour) received his MFA from the University of Louisville and is currently working to complete his PhD at Bowling Green State University. He began stage combat with the Society of American Fight Directors in 1996 and has choreographed fights for plays including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, The Physicist, Three Penny Opera, as well as the operas Cosi tan Fu, and Don Giovani.



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E. Frank Bluestein (Executive Director) is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.  In October of 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States.  Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award, a national award given to one secondary school teacher whose theatre program is judged most exemplary for the year.  He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission.  Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance.  He currently serves as managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally-recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN.  He has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's Who's Who in Memphis poll, and was presented a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.  Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bluestein served for 37 years as the chairman of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department in Germantown.  He was the founder and Artistic Director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as Executive Producer for Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), the school's three-million-dollar educational television facility.  In 1984, he helped the Germantown High School Department of Fine Arts become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Arts in Education Award.  Graduates from his program include Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell; film, television, and stage actress Missi Pyle; Emmy-winning casting director (Desperate Housewives & NYPD Blue) Scott Genkinger; NPR reporter Debbie Elliott; and Blue Man Group actor Wes Day.  During Mr. Bluestein's tenure, Germantown Community Television received over 130 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named eleven times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA, most recently in 2013.  The studio has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Mr. Bluestein also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys (National Student Television Award of Excellence) for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 33 regional first-place student Emmy awards.  He has served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb.  In September 2013, he was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in Minneapolis.  Mr. Bluestein is a frequent speaker and writer on arts related issues.

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Jeremy Allen Fisher (Lighting Designer for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: Twelfth Night, Richard III, Unto the Breach, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and Hamlet.  Jeremy is the Resident Lighting Designer for Theatre Memphis.  He recently lit up the water tower on Broad Street in Memphis.  He also has worked with Ballet Memphis, Busch Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The University of Memphis, Northern Oklahoma College, Collage Dance, and The Santa Fe Opera.  Awards include seven Ostrander nominations for his Lighting Designs, first place in lighting design at SW-USITT (2011), and first runner-up for the National Barbizon Lighting Award (2011).  He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Lighting Design.  Jeremy thanks his wife, friends, family, mentors, and colleagues for all their support.

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Megan Gardner (House Manager for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC: assistant stage manager for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and house manager for Showplace Memphis.  Megan is pursuing a BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Performance, along with a minor in Communications with a concentration in TV and Film Production.  Some of her work at the University includes roles in How I Learned To DriveMacbeth, and Well.  She is thrilled to work with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and such an amazingly talented cast and crew again.  She would like to thank Dan McCleary for the opportunity and her entire family and friends for their constant support.

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Stuart Heyman (LaFew in All's Well That Ends Well) is delighted to return to TSC, having appeared as Corin in the inaugural production of As You Like It, Brabantio in Othello, and as Baptista in The Taming of the Shrew.  Other Memphis area acting credits include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, Fagin in Oliver!, Quixote/Cervantes in Man of La Mancha, Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls, TR in Tintypes, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night.  An avid Gilbert & Sullivan fan, Stuart is willing and able to perform the patter songs from any of their operettas upon request.

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Jeanna Juleson (Widow Capilet in All's Well That Ends Well) This is Jeanna’s first production with TSC, and she is thrilled to act with this wonderfully dedicated theatre company.  Originally from Los Angeles, Jeanna has spent the past 30 years performing on most of the stages here in our community.  Recent productions include Billy Elliot, Gypsy, and Angels in America at Playhouse on the Square.  Other productions include roles in Hot’L Baltimore, Present Laughter, Cabaret, and Into the Woods.  Additionally, she provides vocal talent and editing for audio book recordings, and has also performed with Chatterbox Audio Theater.  She currently teaches in the After School Acting Program for Playhouse on the Square.  Jeanna thanks Dan McCleary for this opportunity to help create the world of William Shakespeare.  All is well! 

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Michael Khanlarian (Dumaine I/Lord I in All's Well That Ends Well) is a founding company member of TSC, returning after having lived in Los Angeles for the last few years.  His TSC credits include 400: Shakespeare Feast, Antonio in Twelfth Night, Roderigo in Othello, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Gonzalo in The Tempest.  Other credits include Prospero/Trinculo in The Tempest (self-produced), Iago in Othello (Theatre Memphis,) and working with one of his mentors Gloria Baxter as an ensemble member of the touring production Wild Legacy (Voices of the South).  Michael received his BFA from the University of Memphis in performance, and trained in commedia at the Accadamia Del Arte in Arezzo, Italy.  Thank you, Captain Dan, for bringing me back aboard.

 Jake Lacher headshot croppedJake Lacher (Technical Director for All's Well That Ends Well) TSC:  Technical Director for Twelfth Night and Assistant Technical Director for A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Jake is excited to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  His work as a carpenter and technical director also been featured at Utah Festival Opera/Musical Theatre, The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, and The University of Memphis.  Jake earned his BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from The University of Memphis.  Thanks to Dan for another opportunity to work with such a fun company, and to Fiona for her constant love and support.


Dan McCleary

Dan McCleary+ (Director; TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director) is a native Memphian and a graduate of Germantown High School and its Poplar Pike Playhouse.  Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare Feast, Unto the Breach, The Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew.  He directed TSC’s Twelfth Night, Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night.  He also has directed productions of As You Like It at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Servant of Two Masters outdoors in downtown Atlanta and at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and All’s Well That Ends Well at Georgia Shakespeare Festival.  At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor.  As Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, Dan acted in and directed over 30 productions, appearing as Coriolanus, Macbeth, Herman Melville, Stephano, Don Armado, Hotspur, Master Ford, Bertram, and Antipholus/Dromio of Ephesus.  He directed S&Co’s first production of The Servant of Two Masters, also his own adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s Henry & June, Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other Regional/New York theatre: Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre.  Dan is a published poet, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes around the country.  Memphis Magazine named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” each year from 2009-12, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts.  He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University.  Dan is the proud dad of five-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.

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Cara McHugh (Education and Community Relations Manager) is originally from Memphis and is excited to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company after serving as the 2013-2014 Journeyman Artist-Manager. Cara played Biondello in TSC's Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville in 2013 and her B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from Murray State University in 2009. While in Louisville, Cara taught children's theatre at Encore Youth Theatre and at Adelante Hispanic Achievers. She also taught for both the University of Louisville and Spalding University. Cara served on the Board for The Bard's Town Theatre in Louisville, where she performed in Misses Strata, Reasons to Be Pretty, and Just Like Life.

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 Caitlin McWethy (Diana in All's Well That Ends Well) is a member of Cincinnati Shakespeare Company’s resident ensemble, where her credits include Cyrano De Bergerac (Roxanne), One Man, Two Guvnors (Rachel Crabbe), Henry V (Katharine), and Little Women (Beth).  She will be returning home to Cincinnati in January to play her dream role of Joan of Arc in Henry VI, Part 1.  She is also the co-artistic director of Cincinnati’s newest theatre company – SHEatre: Cincinnati Women’s Theatre.  Other regional credits include work with Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Georgia Shakespeare, Annapolis Shakespeare Company, Theatre West Virginia, and the 52nd Street Project.

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Melissa A. Nathan* (Production Stage Manager for All's Well That Ends Well) is thrilled to be back at TSC where she previously stage managed The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, and Twelfth Night.  Other regional credits include The Real Inspector Hound, The Winter’s Tale, and What the Butler Saw (Theater at Monmouth), Underneath the Lintel and Side by Side by Sondheim (Riverside Theatre), RED (Triad Stage), Deathtrap (Centenary Stage), Educating Rita (Florida Rep),  August: Osage County (WPPAC), The Mound Builders (Kaliyuga Arts), Bonnie & Clyde (Asolo Rep), Measure for Measure, The Imaginary Invalid, and Julius Caesar (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre).  She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and the Stage Managers’ Association.

Ashley Nickas headshot croppedAshley J. Nickas (Assistant Stage Manager for All's Well That Ends Well) is honored to join Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s team.  Some of Ashley's recent credits include being the stage manager intern for the Broadway company of Wicked, production stage manager for Pimm’s Mission with Oberon Theatre Ensemble, rehearsal stage manager for Her Speech, as part of Planet Connections' Playwrights For A Cause, production stage manager for Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women in Rochester, NY, and event stage manager at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA.  Ashley thanks her family, friends, and Lorraine Cotten for their endless support and encouragement!  For more information please visit ashleynickas.com.


 Heather Roberts croppedHeather Roberts (Dumaine II/Lord II/gentleman/page in All's Well That Ends Well; Journeyman Artist-Manager) TSC: Lend Me Thy Sword schools tour, Romeo and Juliet Project, Harper Lee Salon, 400: Shakespeare Feast.  Heather is excited to be in her first season at TSC.  She is a member of the Actors' Gang in Los Angeles, where she has performed in The Ghost Sonata, Harry Potter Hamlet, and The Queen Family's Very Special Holiday Special.  Other theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Ark Theatre Co.), Twelfth Night (a Noise Within), All's Well That Ends Well (Seattle Shakespeare Co.), Marat/Sade (Balagan Theatre), Dead Man's Cell Phone (International City Theatre), Little Women (Culver City Public Theatre), and Mame (5th Avenue Theatre). She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts.

Brian Ruggaber (Scenic/Props Designer for All's Well That Ends Well) is proud to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company, having designed TSC’s Richard III and Twelfth Night, in partnership with the University of Memphis’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  A recent transplant to Memphis, he is an award-winning scenic designer who currently heads the Scenic Design Program at the University of Memphis.  He had designed scenery for over 130 productions including Opera, Drama, Musical Theatre, and Dance.  Prior to joining U of M’s faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and an Associate Professor of Design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829, and has an MFA from The University of Massachusetts and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Shakes 15-16 croppedWilliam Shakespeare (Playwright) died 400 years ago at age 52 this coming April, yet his language remains fresh and modern; his phraseology forms the core of our casual conversation, social media, and political rhetoric; and his skill at authorship and progressive understanding of our psyches has served as the foundation of master works of literature, psychology, philosophy, performance, pedagogy, and our humanity the world over.  Yet, he was probably a lot like you, regardless of your age.  William Shakespeare was born into an Age of alarming innovation and discovery in every field of study: voyage, religion, printing, science, commerce, history, disaster, and triumph.  Just like you.  There was revolution all around him, and for us the occurrences of financial tumult, widespread poverty, victory and defeat overseas, scientific discovery, natural catastrophe, a warming planet, an increasingly intelligent world due to electronic information-sharing, and women beginning to share corporate and political leadership all create a similar Age of Renaissance.  William was born into an Age of religious ambivalence, often with accompanying violence, and he received the usual education for a boy of the Age, until he as 12 years old.  He married an older woman, perhaps because they were pregnant first.  And there are two periods in his early adult life that we know very little about.  When he emerges in documentation, he is an actor and a writer.  But he doesn’t write like the others around him.  He writes, using known stories, through the rhythm of his heart.  You can hear it in his verse lines.  He began to write his life into his plays: when his son Hamnet and father die, there is Hamlet; after his mother dies and England’s riots create domestic war, there is Coriolanus; after he falls in love with a dark-haired woman in the city (or the Court, more likely), there are the Sonnets to his Dark Lady and all of his Rosalinds in As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labor’s Lost; and when his daughters come of age, there are his final plays in which the daughters redeem their fathers.  It is said of William that he created the human being.  Indeed, he developed character on stage with psychological underpinnings and fragile grace resulting in landmark joys or the end of lives.  Like a genuine poet, he forces no answers upon us.  He lends us timeless questions.  William was a Revolutionary because he dared to question his life in a public forum, and he discovered that that which is most personal is shared by us all.  It is collectively held and needs to be articulated and felt for the health of a community.  In so doing, William redefined the function of theatre.  His Age compelled and inspired him, just as our own Age can do for us. 

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Joey Shaw* (King in All's Well That Ends Well) is delighted to be back in Memphis for his third consecutive season with Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  With TSC: 400: Shakespeare Feast, A Midsummer Night's Dream (Quince), and Romeo and Juliet (Romeo/sound designer).  He was a 2014-15 TSC artist-manager, performing in the schools touring show Shakespeare Said It! and teaching in the summer camps.  In TSC's past two seasons, he has been a proud teaching artist in the Romeo and Juliet Project.  In his native Seattle, Joey has appeared in Twelfth Night (for which he wrote original music) and Antony and Cleopatra with Seattle Shakespeare, I Am of Ireland (dir. Stephanie Shine) with Book-It Repertory Theatre, Love's Labor's Lost with Greenstage, and Attempts on Her Life with The Horse in Motion.  Other credits include The Merry Wives of Windsor with Opera House Arts and Romeo and Juliet (dir. Stephanie Shine) with Shakespeare Walla Walla.  He holds a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington. Joey extends his sincere thanks to Dan and Steph, and to Barbara Apperson.

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Stephanie Shine* (Countess in All's Well That Ends Well; General Manager; Education Director; Gala Coordinator) is the creator of TSC’s The Romeo and Juliet Project.  Her TSC directorial credits include 400: Shakespeare Feast, Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Lend Me Thy Sword, Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll, and Shakespeare Said It!  Onstage, she performed the female role in Unto the Breach and appeared as Gertrude in Hamlet.  In addition, Stephanie serves as the annual Gala Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons. From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, she was the Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company.  For SSC, she directed 17 productions including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew.  Other directorial credits include The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the award-winning one-woman internationally touring Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde, and several new works for Seattle's Book-It Repertory Theatre.  Her production of I am of Ireland opened Book-It's 25th Anniversary Season in September of 2014.  As an actor, she has performed with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYC's Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre among others. Her Shakespeare roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V. Ms. Shine is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs.  The Germantown Arts Alliance honored Stephanie with its 2015 Medal for Performing Arts.  She is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins.

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Brian Sheppard* (Lavatch in All's Well That Ends Well) returns to Tennessee Shakespeare Company after previously performing in The Taming of the Shrew and in the title role in Hamlet.  Other regional theatre credits include The Liar (Centenary Stage Company), Twelfth Night (Plimoth Players), and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Palm Beach Drama Works).  International: Babele (European Live Arts Network, Fuccechio, Italy).  TV: Vetted (pilot).  Film: Beautiful Something (currently in festivals around the world) and Salem Witch Hunt.  Brian holds a B.A. in Theatre from Butler University and an M.F.A. from Northern Illinois University. He is an avid fly-tier and fisherman.

Olivia Warfield croppedOlivia Warfield (Company and Box Office Manager) is a native Memphian and alumna of Rhodes College, where she received her BA in International Business. During her college career, she had the opportunity both to travel extensively abroad and to work at Memphis in May International Festival, during which time her passion for the arts, culture, and the nonprofit mission was planted and now has bloomed. Olivia brings a wealth of skill and natural talent to her role welcoming TSC patrons and artists.



Nancy WrightNancy Wright (Bookkeeper) has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.



* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Mangers in the United States.

+ Member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.


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Restaurant Frenzy

Corky's Ribs and BBQ - $450.00

Napa Café - $300.00

The Capital Grille - $200.00

Royal Panda - $150.00

Paulette's - $110.00

Bounty on Broad - $100.00

Interim Restaurant and Bar - $100.00

Jim's Place Grille - $100.00

Jeff Johnson Restaurant Group (Local Gastropub,
Agave Maria, Oshi Burger Bar, Parish Grocery) - $100.00

The Half Shell - $75.00

Just for Lunch - $50.00

Pete & Sam's - $50.00

Fleming's - $50.00

Folk's Folly - $50.00

Soul Fish Café - $50.00

Lost Pizza Company - $30.00

Babalu Tacos & Tapas - $25.00

One & Only BBQ - $25.00

Exline's Pizza - $20.00


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J. Brooks Coffee - 6-month coffee subscription - $175.00

James Middleton Jewelers - $100.00

Social - $100.00





TSC Thanks Our 2016 Auction Donors!