Meet the Instructors!


Meet your 2015 Instructors!

These four actor/teachers will be guiding workshops and classes in both of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's 2015 "Summer of Shakespeare" camps, and they'll be appearing in TSC's mainstage production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, at the University of Memphis.


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Dance / Acting

Rachel has spent the year with Tennessee Shakespeare Company as an artist-manager teaching and performing with the Romeo and Juliet Project, touring in and outside of Tennessee with Shakespeare Said It!, and performing on the main stage in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), and Richard III (Lady Anne).  Back in her native Seattle, she has worked with The Horse in Motion, The Book-It Repertory Theatre, The Town Theatre, STAGEright and The Market Theatre.  Rachel attended the University of Washington, where she received a BA in Drama and Comparative History of Ideas and a minor in Dance. 


NoahDuffy.Headshot2014smallNoah Duffy

Stage Combat / Acting

Noah is a New Jersey transplant to Seattle’s misty hills. He holds a BFA in Acting, Dance Emphasis, from Cornish College of the Arts. Noah has danced with the Atlantic Contemporary Ballet Theatre, the Seattle International Dance Festival, and is a company member and producer of the international Seagull Project. As a dance and fight choreographer, Noah has grooved on shows ranging from original scripts about gangs of militant butterflies and carnivorous lady bunnies to New York productions of As You Like It  and She Stoops to Conquer.  As an educator, Noah has administrated arts preschools, produced bold new work by teen playwrights, and toured the country with the Missoula Children’s Theatre.


Jerry Rogers smallJerry Rogers 

Song / Acting

Jerry, a native of Halls, TN, is an actor/singer/teacher currently residing in Memphis.  He holds a BA in music from Lane College, and has taught vocal/choral music in Shelby County Schools, as well as the former Memphis City Schools. Most recently, he served as a teaching artist with Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s  Romeo and Juliet Project. As a performer, he has appeared in RagtimeHow to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Color Purple, all at Playhouse on the Square; The Threepenny Opera  and  Chess  at the University of Memphis, and  Porgy & Bess  with Opera Memphis.  Upcoming productions include  Kiss Me, Kate  at Playhouse on the Square and A Midsummer Night’s Dream  with Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  He is absolutely ecstatic about working with this summer’s young actors in training.


Shaw Headshot smallJoey Shaw

Text / Acting

Joey Shaw is a professional actor and musician, and native of Seattle. He played Romeo and designed sound for TSC’s mainstage Romeo and Juliet last year, and is grateful to be continuing as an artist-manager this year, having played Romeo in TSC’s school-touring production. He and Rachel Brun will be touring the Mid-South through June, with TSC's own Shakespeare Said It! and will soon be appearing in -and directing music for TSC's A Midsummer Night's Dream at the University of Memphis main stage. In Seattle, he has worked with Book-it Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Greenstage, and the Horse in Motion. He holds a BA in Drama from the University of Washington.


The Play's The Thing: As You Like It


Tennessee Shakespeare Company is proud to offer this weeklong in-depth exploration of one of Shakespeare's most rewarding plays. In a conservatory-style environment, you'll work with our professional actor/teachers to stage scenes, soliloquies, fights, songs, and dances from As You Like It, all culminating in a performance of our work in progress!

School Grants

The Tennessee Arts Commission has generous funds available to help you bring Tennessee Shakespeare Company to your classroom, or bring your students to us!  Click HERE to view Tennessee Arts Commision's Preferred Artist Roster page for TSC.

Some grants you can apply for and what they may be used to fund include:

  • Student Ticket Subsidy Grant:  Covers the cost of admission to our Student Matinees or Schools Tour, when the performance is combined with a Playshop or Residency; 
  • The Arts Appreciation Grant provides up to $1,000 for one-day interactive Playshops and In-School Residencies fewer than five days (including Artist fees, in-state travel and lodging, course materials, teacher training, and marketing expenses);
  • The Arts Curriculum Grant provides up to $6,000 per year per school for Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s In-School Residency experiences five days or longer. 


Click HERE to apply for Tennessee Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy Grant.

Click HERE for helpful guidelines on applying.


Click HERE to apply for Arts Appreciation and Arts Curriculum Grants.

Clikc HERE for helpful guidelines on applying.



Click HERE for Tennessee Arts Commission's Grant Writing Resources and Support.   

You can also contact TSC's Development Manager, Stephen Huff at [email protected] for further assistance.  Tennessee Arts Commission also has staff available to assist you, and we are happy to put you in touch with them!    


Young Players Training Intensive



Tennessee Shakespeare Company offers a two-week summer training program for students entering grades 6-12 with some level of theatrical experience. The camp runs June 15-26. Check out what a day looks like at YPTI, our conservatory-style Summer of Shakespeare session.

Special Events

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Fifth Annual Valentine's Gala       

The Music of the Night: A Celebration in Song with Broadway's Longest-Running Phantom Howard McGillin 

February 14, 2014 at 6:00pm

GPAC/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

Actor Howard McGillin, Broadway’s longest-running Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, headlines Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Fifth Annual Valentine’s Gala on February 14, 2014, at Germantown Performing Arts Center.

Mr. McGillin’s hour-long show to benefit TSC’s Education Program will feature his Broadway songbook and stories from his fabled 30-year career.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver seating packages (with tiered benefits) for 10 guests are now available by calling TSC’s Development Office today at 901-759-0620.

Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. Single tickets, if available, will go on sale in January.

The evening, which is expected to sell out, also includes a lavish buffet dinner, an exclusive opportunity to win a trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia, for only $25, TSC’s singular live auction, and a fun new silent auction of 30 Celebrity Wine & Spirits baskets.

Howard McGillin is a two-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee for originating the role of John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter’sAnything Goes. He starred in the award-winning West End revival of Mack & Mabel and sings on the cast album recording. He also received critical acclaim for his work as Molina in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, for originating a leading role in the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Bounce, for Kodaly inShe Loves Me, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, and Captain Hook in the national tour of Peter Pan. Mr. McGillin has been featured in the Encores! production of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. He also has performed in many concerts in the United States and abroad, including Sondheim's Follies that was released on DVD.


Choose from these Tiered Options of 10-seat Packages




Name recognition on Poster;

Best seats in the house;

Invitation to private catered dinner party with the Guest Artist on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Plus all items listed with Gold Sponsorship, below.



Name recognition on Invitation;

Preferential seating in theatre;

Complimentary Champagne and Dessert in the Green Room during post-show reception with Guest Artist. Complimentary photo opportunity with Guest Artist;

Receive an exclusive gift with option for autograph: wine chill/picnic bag with two bottles of specially labeled TSC wine.

Plus all items listed with Silver Sponsorship, below.




Lavish Dinner Buffet;

Dessert Reception;

Name recognition in Playbill;

10 tickets to the event;

Preferential seating in theatre behind Gold Sponsors;

Access to open bar.


An Exciting Evening of Wine, Spirits, and Frenzy!


This year’s Gala will be SWIFTER than ever.

We will feature a condensed Silent Auction, featuring 30 celebrity gift baskets and other exclusive items, allowing you more time for perusal and bidding.

We will locate ten special Shakespeare Surprise Dolls within GPAC to be sold on a first-come/first-found basis at prices varying from $100 to $1,000, each bearing a scroll that will reveal a secret prize package and guaranteed to have a minimum fair market value of what is paid for the doll. You get to keep the doll, too!

Discover our new, one-night-only Drawing with a limited number of $25 tickets available: only 400 for our 500+ guests. The prize is an “Island Picnic Getaway,” which includes a one-week stay for up to 8 people on Cumberland Island, GA, the largest of the Georgia barrier islands.

We will present an abbreviated Live Auction, including some dream dates, Dan McCleary and his one-of-a-kind shaken Martinis, and a "Frenzy" to get your heart really pumping. Imagine gift certificates to your favorite restaurants auctioned off at full value to the first, raised bid card. Your arm has never moved so fast!