Our Past Productions

The Mission

Dan McCleary

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a professional, 501(c)(3) theatre and education organization which performs the plays of William Shakespeare seasonally outdoors and indoors with partnering organizations; performs classical and Southern writers seasonally indoors and outdoors; provides innovative year-round educational and training programming; and will produce a Southern-centric new play festival: Southern Exposure.

The Vision

To create and sustain a classical theatre that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to exaltation, curiosity, and wonderment; a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering our faith in life by increasing our awareness of reality and expanding our imagination through an emphasis on the performance, education, and training of William Shakespeare’s works.

The Values

The performance of William Shakespeare’s plays demands our exploration of society, government, psychology, education, philosophy, athleticism, and spirituality in pursuit of humanity’s question of the heart:

How can I serve the world with my life?

In the office, on the stage, at home, in the classroom, on the streets of Memphis, the following values unify our company of artist-managers:

  • We believe language and the actor are at the center of artistic creativity
  • We believe that artistic creativity awakens our innate compassion
  • We believe the arts speak a universal language, integral to positive change in the world and the individual
  • We believe our multi-ethnicity should reflect the universality of Shakespeare’s plays and our community
  • We believe every member of our company should be treated with equal respect and generosity of spirit, compensated with a living wage, and made to feel safe at all times
  • We believe in open, honest communication
  • We believe in the pursuit of excellence in our work
  • We believe in taking reasonable risks, supporting creative failure, and inspiring artistic courage
  • We believe in contributing positively to our local community and our natural environment
  • We believe that fiscal responsibility is essential to our artistic success

Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Showcase Memphis
Non-Equity Musical Auditions

in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre and Dance (Memphis, TN)
and Theatrical Rights Worldwide (NYC)

This is an Actors’ Equity Assoc. production.
You do not need to be AEA or join AEA to participate.

Production Dates:Oliver 3x3

The Oliver Experiment: Rehearsals are August 10-15, 2015. There is one reading performance on August 15 at 7:00 pm. This is the third of three new musicals in-development prior to their NYC/regional circuit productions.

Call Types:

Non-Equity Auditions for male and female performers who can read music and harmonize quickly for a performance reading. This is a developing new work by NYC’s Jeremy Desmon and Jeff Thomson (Pump Up the Volume) and directed by Jen Bender.

Featured ensemble with solos, four roles sought:

Female (30s and younger) – Range: Middle C to Soprano high Ab
Female (30s and younger) – Range: Low Ab to high D
Male (30s and younger) – Range: Low Bb to High A
Male (30s and younger) – Range: Low Bb to High G

The cast currently includes Michael Campayno last seen in NBC’s Sound of Music; Katie Rose Clarke of Broadway’s Wicked, Light in the Piazza, and the upcoming Allegiance; Ramona Keller of Broadway’s Smokey Joe’s Café and the original cast of Caroline, or Change; Molly Ranson of Broadway’s August: Osage County, Jerusalem, and Fish in the Dark as well as Off-Broadway’s Carrie and The Burnt Part Boys; and Edward Watts currently starring Off-Broadway as El Gallo in The Fantasticks.

Date of Audition:

Thursday, July 30
5:30 – 6:30 pm
No video submissions, please.

3092 Village Shops Drive
Germantown, TN 38138
Located in Shops of Forest Hill shopping center between Target and Sprouts stores
(storefront rehearsal space adjacent to TSC’s administrative office)

To request a 5-minute appointment, e-mail Company Manager Stephen Huff at [email protected] Performers without access to e-mail may call Stephen at 901-759-0620 by phone during normal business hours. The deadline for requesting an appointment is 5:00 PM on Wednesday, July 29.

Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary (at auditions) will run audition; Showcase Memphis director Frank Bluestein. A playback device will be made available if you wish to bring recorded musical accompaniment.

Two contrasting songs lasting not more than three minutes combined. Please be prepared to talk about your ability to learn music quickly, and to sight-read music. Bring your photo/resume, stapled back-to-back; and any scheduling conflicts for the listed production schedules.

Non-AEA Salary ($300/wk) plus light production assistant duties.

Open Call for Applications to Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager Program

pic-dave-demke2015 Journeyman Rachel Brun as Helena in TSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Photo: Joey Miller.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is now accepting letters of intent for its 2015-16 performance season in Germantown/Memphis, TN.

Two artist-managers from the United States will be selected as resident Journeymen.

Minority artist-managers are strongly encouraged to apply.

Read more: Open Call for Applications to Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager...

Open Call for Applications to Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager Program

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is now accepting letters of intent for its 2013-14 performance season in Germantown/Memphis, TN.

One male and one female artist-manager from the United States will be selected as resident journeymen.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Read more: Open Call for Applications for Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager Program

Broadway's most glorious soprano Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala for Education

poster-gala-2015(December 4, 2014) -- We are thrilled to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will headline TSC's Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on February 14, 2015.

Ms. Luker's intimate hour-long show to benefit TSC's education program will feature her Broadway and Jerome Kern songbooks as well as stories from her fabled 30-year career.

Rebecca Luker’s soaring voice has thrilled Broadway audiences for years. She has been nominated for Tony Awards for originating the role of Winifred in Mary Poppins and for revivals of The Music Man and Showboat. Ms. Luker originated the role of Lily in The Secret Garden, starred opposite Antonio Banderas in Nine, and has sparkled in numerous hit Broadway productions with her portrayals of the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, Maria in The Sound of Music, and Christine in The Phantom of the Opera.

Just this past month, Ms. Luker received glowing reviews for her work in the rumored-to-be-Broadway-bound musical, The Little Dancer.

"If you've been wondering who, if anyone, might be the heir to the great Barbara Cook, Ms. Luker . . . is the one." - The New York Times

Read more: Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine’s Gala for Education