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What is The Romeo and Juliet Project?

This nationally-acclaimed residency uses Romeo and Juliet, its characters, and its many pivotal decision moments as tools for Freshman students to imagine and rehearse life-saving choices in the face of armed violence, peer pressure, prejudice, and inadequate guidance. Working in concert with educators, TSC teaching-artists interweave these strategically-placed sessions, creating a positive and enthusiastic first impression of Shakespeare through students playing the play. During The Romeo and Juliet Project every freshman class receives three visits from TSC Teaching-Artists. Thus far, this experience has moved the text off the page and created an active encounter with the play for over 9,000 students.

The Romeo and Juliet Project has two life-changing, even life-saving, goals:

1) To bolster interest and engagement in classical literature, sparking a life-long love affair with reading while strengthening both comprehension and self-confidence.

2) To create positive social change in each school's learning community. We do this by exploring three central themes within the play that profoundly affect Memphis youth:

    • Armed Violence;
    • Peer Pressure; and
    • Decision-Making in the absence of adult role models. 

Over the course of three sessions, students develop language to articulate their feelings, gain greater empathy and compassion for one another, and explore life-saving methods of non-violent conflict resolution.



What are Teachers and Students Saying?

"I can't believe how into it the students are. They're really going beneath the surface and getting to the issues in this play. The way TSC teachers highlight how the story relates to the students' lives is amazing. What TSC is doing is amazing. The whole project is just amazing!"
- Barb Gelb, Director of Education & Outreach, ArtsMemphis

"This is the most enjoyable class ever. I wish you could teach the entire play!"
- Freshman English Student, Bartlett High School

"Because my students had the privilege to watch the actors in action, the play truly came alive for them during our subsequent reading of the play. The program has benefitted countless students, and I sincerely hope that it can continue its impact."
- Morgan Byrd, Freshman English Teacher, Bartlett High School

How Can I Get Involved?

The Romeo and Juliet Project is funded in part by ArtsMemphis, but you can help ensure our success in the classroom by becoming a Project Sponsor.

Your sponsorship helps fund this exciting outreach endeavor, further guaranteeing that no student or school will EVER have to pay to participate. As our "thank you," your minimum sponsorship of $50.00 entitles you to receive the exclusive Romeo and Juliet Project T-Shirt. Sizes are limited, so hurry for best selection!

Download a Sponsorship Form

Contact Stephanie Shine for more information at [email protected] or (901) 759-0604.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company's The Romeo and Juliet Project is generously sponsored in part by our friends and tremendous community partners FedEx and International Paper.

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Johnny Lee Davenport as Othello, with Kate Abbruzzese as Desdemona.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
P.O. Box 382143
Germantown, TN 38183-2143
3092 Village Shops Drive
Germantown, TN 38138
Box Office:
(901) 759-0604; open Monday-Friday
from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(901) 759-0703 (fax)
Dan McCleary, Artistic Director:
(901) 759-0620

E. Frank Bluestein, Executive Director:
(901) 759-0620
[email protected]
Stephanie Shine, Education Director: 
(901) 759-0620

Olivia Warfield, Company and Box Office Manager:
(901) 759-0604
[email protected]

Nancy Wright
, Bookkeeper:
(901) 750-0620
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The Seventh Annual Gala

“Find Me in the Songs”

pic-gala2016-lazaran intimate, musical evening with Broadway’s most charismatic leading man
Aaron Lazar
Friday, April 8 at 6pm
Germantown Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by
Nancy Copp, Stephen and Alicia Davis, Jaguar Bluff City, Milton T. Schaeffer, Pat and Thane Smith, Jeannie and Owen Tabor, Jr.

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 and Performance Program and to share the love with tens of thousands of students.

It's a party like no other.

A critically-acclaimed star on Broadway, film, and television, Aaron Lazar has been featured on Broadway in the Tony Award-winning hit Light in the Piazza and most recently opposite 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting in Sting’s epic new musical, The Last Ship.  He was in the first Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, the world premiere of Impressionism with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen, Sir Trevor Nunn’s revival of Oklahoma, the world premiere of A Tale of Two Cities, the first Broadway revival of Les Miserables, the long-running hit The Phantom of the Opera, and the global phenomenon Mamma Mia.  Mr. Lazar’s film and television credits include The Wolf of Wall Street, This is Where I Leave You, J. Edgar, Company, The Notorious Bettie Page, The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, The Following, A Gifted Man, Onion News Network, Ugly Betty, New Amsterdam, and All My Children.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear and meet Aaron.  Purchase your Gold or Silver sponsorship this month to be recognized in our Gala invitations.  Your sponsorship includes a tax-deductible gift to TSC.

Please call Stephanie Shine to reserve your seats:  901-759-0620.

Gala Sponsorship Packages 2016

2016 Gala performer Aaron Lazar.
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Gala Chairwoman Anne Mead (center), 2015. Photos: Joey Miller.









The Seventh Annual Shakespeare Gala:

Find Me in the Songs
an intimate, musical evening with
Broadway's most charismatic leading man
Aaron Lazar

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Sponsored by TSC's Board of Directors
Germantown Performing Arts Center
6:00 pm

generously sponsored by Nancy Copp, Stephen and Alicia Davis, Jaguar Bluff City, Milton T. Schaeffer, Pat and Thane Smith, and Jeannie and Owen Tabor, Jr.

You get the best dinner buffet, the best Broadway entertainment, multiple open bars, the most fun live auction in the city, plus the knowledge that you are celebrating for a great cause.

This year's party celebrates the life of our namesake on stage and then brings you, in person, one of the most talented performers on Broadway today, Aaron Lazar.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver seating packages (with tiered benefits; same prices as last year) for 10 guests are now available by calling TSC's Gala Coordinator Stephanie Shine today at (901) 759-0620 or via email at [email protected]

Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. Single tickets now on sale.

Attire: semi-formal and cocktail.

Choose from these Tiered options of 10-seat Packages:



  • Name recognition on Gala poster;
  • Best seats in the house;
  • Invitation to private, catered dinner party with Broadway Guest Artist, Aaron Lazar, on Thursday, April 7, 2016;
  • Plus all items listed with Gold Sponsorship, below.



  • Name recognition on Invitation;
  • Reserved dining table for 10;
  • Preferential seating in theatre;
  • Complimentary champagne, dessert, and photo opportunity in the Black Box Theatre during post-show reception with the Broadway Guest Artist;
  • Plus all items listed with Silver Sponsorship, below.



  • Lavish dinner buffet;
  • Dessert buffet;Name recognition in playbill;
  • 10 tickets to the event;
  • Preferential seating in GPAC theatre behind Gold Sponsors;
  • Access to open bar.
  • Gift to TSC's Education and Performance programming