Our Past Productions

All’s Well That Ends Well

pic-alls-well-that-ends-wellthe miracle comedy by William Shakespeare
in honor of Barbara B. Apperson
directed by Dan McCleary
sponsored by Margaret & Owen Tabor; Rose M. Johnston; Virginia Apperson & Pete Williams; John & Lacy Apperson; Chip & Brooke Apperson; John and Katherine Dobbs; Independent Bank; The McClearys
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens' Winegardner Auditorium
December 10-20



“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie”

Shakespeare’s miracle play uniquely features a miraculous young girl in the vaunted Hero’s role typically assigned to the valiant young man.  Daughter to a recently-deceased and famous physician, Helena, in communication with her better stars, finds she is able to heal death, forgive man, and perhaps even redeem humanity. 

In the mystery of life, not everything will make practical sense.  Sometimes, we need a little magic, a little miracle, a little deception, a “little Helen.”  And as this is the season of Solstice, Miracle, and Light, let’s embrace the mystery. 

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

Free Will Kids’ Nights are December 10 and 17:  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 performance (only $16) is December 10 at 7:00 pm.  The opening night is December 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 older) are $16.  Dixon members receive 20% off all performances (no other discounts may apply). 

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

Dan McClearyDan McCleary

Founder and Producing Artistic Director 

Dan McCleary 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 as well as The Glass Menagerie and The Taming of the Shrew. He directed TSC’s 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 with IRIS Orchestra. He also has directed critically-acclaimed 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 has directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and has 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 and teaches Shakespeare master classes around the country. Memphis Magazine has 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 and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of four-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.


E. Frank BluesteinE. Frank Bluestein

Executive Director

E. Frank Bluestein  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 Frank as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He 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. Frank is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance.  Each summer he assumes the role of 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.

At Germantown High School, which he retired from in 2013, Frank served as the chairman of the school's Fine Arts Department. He was the founder and 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 Fine Arts Department become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the Rockefeller Brothers Fun Arts in Education Award. Under Frank's leadership, Germantown Community Television received over 125 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named ten times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA. The station has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Frank 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 for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 28 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. He is a frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues.


StephHeadshot resizedStephanie Shine

General Manager, Education Director, & Gala Coordinator

Stephanie Shine is the creator of The Romeo and Juliet Project as well as a resident artist for TSC. Her TSC directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows 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, Ms. Shine serves as the annual Gala's Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons. She will direct TSC's upcoming A Midsummer Night's Dream playing at the University of Memphis in June 2015. 

From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, Ms. Shine 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. She is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins.


Olivia Warfield croppedOlivia Warfield

Company and Box Office Manager

Olivia Warfield 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.


Cara McHughCara McHugh

Education and Community Relations Manager

Cara McHugh 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.



Nancy Wright


Nancy Wright 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.

Southern Literary Salon:
Ernest Hemingway in Key West

Ernest HemingwayFriday, February 26, 2016
6:00-8:00 pm

Hosted by Melia and Drew Murphy inside and outside their gracious Germantown home


Sponsored by Tom's BBQ & Deli
(4087 Getwell Road, Memphis)

The Salon is a literary party featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, music, and 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers of or in the South. 

Artist John Dos Passos told him to go there in 1928.  He didn’t plan to stay long, but when his future father-in-law purchased a home for Ernest and his new bride, he took up residence for much of the 1930s in Key West.  There, Ernest Hemingway entered a period of experimental writing that would install him as one of the most influential American voices to this day.  In his guest house overlooking his in-ground pool (the first in the Keys) he worked on For Whom the Bell Tolls, Green Hills of Africa, Death in the Afternoon, A Farewell to Arms, Winner Take Nothing, and The Snows of Kilimanjaro.  The southern climate also pervades his steaming To Have and Have Not and his biographical Islands in the Stream.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both (with the Harper Lee Salon), and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.




Welcome to TSC’s Eighth Season:

(click "Productions" above to see the show listing)

William Shakespeare was likely 52 years old when he died, on the same month and day on which he was born, April 23, 1616.  We commemorate the 400th anniversary of his passing with our eighth season-celebration of plays, readings, Salons, feasts, and extensive programming for children and teenagers in the Memphis area.
One of the mysteries of Shakespeare’s life that we embrace is his innovative development of Redemption as a theme.  He ends his playwriting career with his characters awash in it.  What prompted him to seek salvation from error or evil in his literary families and on his battlefields?  Was it strictly scholarship?  Was it personal, spiritual, or humanitarian?
At his most moving and surprising, William Shakespeare explores the power of Redemption and her attending angels: Grace, Forgiveness, and Heroism.
In each play and event this season, you can experience 52 years of the surprising man who indeed is “for all time.”  Whether s/he is his noble Caius Martius Coriolanus, the young healer Helena, thoughtful kings Henry V and Richard II, the duplicitous fat knight Falstaff, or our Salon headliners Harper Lee (a woman well ahead of her time) and Ernest Hemingway (a man racing against time), Shakespeare and our writers reveal Redemption as central to our humanity on Earth.
We celebrate the man who articulated the theme for us, and from whom we have had the language to speak its power for the past 400-plus years.
Please join us,
Dan McCleary
Founder and Producing Artistic Director



Southern Literary Salon:
Harper Lee’s Alabama Mystery

Harper LeeFriday, September 25
6:00-8:00 pm

Hosted by Anne and Andy McCarroll in their beautiful Germantown home.


The Salon is a literary party featuring writer-specific libations, light fare, music, and 30 Southern-inspired minutes of influential writers of or in the South. 

The recent release of Ms. Lee’s source material (Go Set a Watchman) for To Kill a Mockingbird is arresting both in its character of Atticus Finch and how the writer could so radically re-imagine the story through flashbacks dating 20 years earlier.  Lending national compassion to our mid-20th Century racial challenges, Mockingbird and its Alabama author inspire even deeper consideration when we hear the words that came both before and after the book’s Pulitzer Prize-winning publication in 1960.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both (with the Ernest Hemingway Salon), and include the entertainment, open bar, and fare.