Our Past Productions
2016-17 Board of Directors
Barbara B. Apperson, the generous host of TSC's inaugural outdoor performance component and mother of three, is a long-time resident of Shelby County and an active member of St. George's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Apperson served on the Board of Directors of the Samaritan Counseling Center and the Junior League of Memphis. She is the namesake of TSC's "Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund," whose mission is to bring as many Mid-South children to Shakespeare as possible.
Margaret Sheppard Apple graduated from Stephens College in Columbia, MO, with a BA in Biology and went on to receive her BS in Physical Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, MO. She attended St. John's College at Oxford University to study British Literature and History. While there, she developed a love for live theatre and a penchant for Dickens and Doyle. She is married to Ed Apple, Jr. and is mother to daughter Lizzie and son Edward. She has been a member of the Membership Board at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens. When traveling with her family, she plans live theatre and music opportunities - knowing that the best is here at home with Tennessee Shakespeare Company.
E. Frank Bluestein (Ex-officio, non-voting) is the Executive Producer of the Tennessee Arts Academy, Founder and Chairman of Germantown High School's Fine Arts Department, and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning Germantown Community Television. He is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He has served on arts advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Board Arts Advisory Committee, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Tennessee Arts Commission. A frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues, Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance.
Rhea Clift has served as a prosecuting attorney in Memphis since 1991. She is currently the facilitator of The Shakespeare Readers, a group of Shakespeare lovers who have met weekly for four years to read Shakespeare together. She is a life-long member of St. George's Episcopal Church and is serving her third term on the Vestry. She has supported Tennessee Shakespeare Company since its inception by selling concessions at the first performance, taking tickets, preparing the post-performance receptions, and working as the "kitchen wench" at the cast parties. Ms. Clift graduated from The Hutchison School and Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she earned degrees in English and Art History. During her Junior year, she studied at Leeds University. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Juris Doctorate.
Dr. Anne White Connell has served as Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Assistant Professor of French at LeMoyne-Owen College, as well as a French teacher at Southside High School and St. George’s Episcopal School. With the Vean Foundation from 2004-07, she was involved with the inception of “Peer Power Program” at East High School in Memphis, which trained upperclassmen to tutor the underclassmen. And Anne was the program chairperson of theTuesday Study Club from 2009-10. From the University of Mississippi, she has her B.A. in French, M.Ed. in secondary education, M.A. in French, and Ph.D. in Secondary Education.
Nancy Copp has served on the Board of Directors of the Crippled Children's Hospital, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Academy of Arts, and St. George's Episcopal Day School. Mrs. Copp also founded and served on the Board of Memphis House, a drug-rehabilitation facility. In Maine, she was associated with the Prouts Association, the Prouts Neck Run Centennial Celebration, and the Winslow Homer Studio.
Blanche Deaderick, a Memphis and Shelby County teacher for 39 years, was named Teacher of the Year for Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, and the Germantown Community. She was twice named Tennessee Council for Social Studies Outstanding Teacher, and in 2007 was named to the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame. A graduate of Leadership Memphis, she is a trained mediator for civil and commercial disputes, has been a member of the Facing History and Ourselves National Teacher Leadership Team, has served on the boards of Bridge Builders, the Memphis Junior League, and Planned Parenthood, and is currently a member of the Foster Care Review Board at Juvenile Court and the Tennessee Women's Forum. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.A. in History from The University of Memphis. Mrs. Deaderick is Associate Director of the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies.
Elise L. Jordan is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with FedEx Express.
Ernest G. Kelly, Jr. (Vice President) maintains a general civil practice, including civil rights matters, personnel matters and trial experience in all local civil courts. He has represented the Memphis Board of Education as general counsel and lead trial counsel since 1973. Mr. Kelly has been with Evans/Petree PC since his graduation from law school.
Pat Casserly Kelly, native of New Jersey, came to Memphis in October of 1967. After a brief career doing medical research for Dr. L. W. Diggs, she began teaching History at Hutchison School. After completing her Master of Arts in English, she taught at Lausanne Collegiate School, the University of Memphis, and State Technical Institute. In 1979 she returned to Hutchison where she taught English in the Upper School until her retirement in 2012. At Hutchison she was the chair of the English and Humanities departments and the recipient of the Margaret Wellford Tabor chair for Excellence in Teaching English. In her teaching career, Pat emphasized the great writers and thinkers of the Western tradition—Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Hardy—as she encouraged her students to become lovers of literature and independent and creative thinkers. Pat was a president of the Shelby-Memphis Council of Teachers of English and was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by the National Council Teachers of English. She was a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities study grants—one of which sent her to Italy to study Dante for 6 weeks— and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for a teacher exchange program in Eurasia. Pat served two terms on the vestry of St. Elisabeth’s Church in Raleigh and was the Director of Religious Education there for 15 years. Currently a communicant at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, she serves as a lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of the hospitality committee, and is serving her first year of her term on the Chapter of the Cathedral. Pat and Ernest have 5 daughters, one son, and one grandson between them, and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.
Dorothy O. Kirsch, Philanthropist.
Michael R. Marshall is legal counsel at Evans Petree in Memphis. He is the co-leader of the Labor and Employment section and uses his experience in other arenas to reach solutions and resolutions to his clients’ disputes. He has extensive experience in litigating and resolving employment matters and other business-related disputes. He is a frequent speaker on employment-related topics. Mr. Marshall was the lead attorney in a case brought by the Memphis City Schools against the City of Memphis and obtained a $57 million verdict for education funding. Mr. Marshall graduated from the University of California and Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association Member, Tennessee Bar Association Member, and Memphis Bar Association member. He is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and Texas. Mr. Marshall has also served as the General Counsel for the Memphis City Schools, and is the general counsel for the Shelby County Emergency Communications District and for Lausanne Collegiate School.
Anne Hamer McCarroll practices family law at Butler, Sevier, Hinsley, & Reid in Memphis. She also is trained in Family Law Mediation. Her experience extends to all aspects of litigation, including case assessment, alternative dispute resolution procedures, discovery, motion practice, pre-trial preparation, trial, settlement, and the appellate process. Anne is a member of the Memphis Bar Association Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections, the American Bar Association Family Law and Dispute Resolution sections, and the Association of Women Attorneys. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1996 and from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1989. Anne brings personal experience to her work with couples and individuals who are considering adoption, as she adopted both her daughters. She is committed to the children and families of her community, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher at her church and with Christ Community Church’s youth summer programs, and coaching and managing youth soccer and basketball for the past several years.
Dan McCleary (Ex-officio, non-voting), a native Memphian, was Associate Artistic Director of the internationally-renowned Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts for the last half of his 13-year tenure. As an artist-manager, he served as the Company's director of communications, marketing, public relations, and development, as well as performing in or directing more than 25 productions. Mr. McCleary has acted in and directed more than 150 regional theatre productions, including critically-acclaimed work as Macbeth, Richard III, Falstaff, Marc Antony, Brutus, Petruchio, and Coriolanus. Also a playwright and poet, Mr. McCleary teaches Shakespeare master classes and gives lectures frequently in theatres, colleges, and high schools across the country. He graduated from Germantown High School and Temple University's School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Anne Johnson Mead is a partner at the law firm of Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC, focusing her practice on litigation, collaborative law, and mediation. Anne is a member of the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations, and serves on the Board for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar. When she is not in the courtroom, Anne is teaching beginning aerial silks and lyra to students at High Expectations Aerial Arts.
Melia M. Murphy (Secretary) is a graduate of St. Mary's Episcopal School and Rhodes College. She is a member of Suburban Garden Club and St. George's Episcopal Church, where she is active in several ministries. She is the wife of Dr. Drew Murphy and mother of two sons.
Melanie Stovall Murry, General Counsel at the University of Memphis.
Raymond U. Osarogiagbon, MD FACP, is a hematologist, medical oncologist (blood, cancer specialist). Working with Baptist Memorial Medical Group, Dr. Osarogiagbon is an alumnus of Cambridge University's Shakespeare Summer School and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. "I advocate active performance of all texts, but believe that everything begins with Shakespeare. Great poetry and drama, by providing psychological insights, foster mutual understanding. Every community needs Shakespeare."
Tracy Vezina Patterson is the Director of Alumni Relations at Rhodes College. She is the mother of three and was introduced to Tennessee Shakespeare Company by her youngest daughter, who has spent five summers participating in the TSC Young Players Training Intensive. Tracy is an alumna of Rhodes College and the University of Memphis School of Law. She is actively involved in several ministries of St. George's Episcopal Church and has served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden. Past civic involvements include Memphis Civitan and Special Kids and Families.
W. Reid Sanders Affiliations: Chickasaw Partners, Hugo Dixon Foundation, Rhodes College, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Pioneer Group, Inc., Harbor Global Company, Ltd., TV A Entertainment Corporation, Independent Bank, Mid-America Apartment Communities .
Sara Savell retired as a 30-year educator for the legacy Shelby County School system, the last 15 years at Germantown High School as a member of the internationally-known Fine Arts Department faculty. Also, for over 30 years, Mrs. Savell was co-owner of Las Savell Jewelry in Memphis. After winning the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, she performed many leading roles as a resident member of the Memphis Opera Theatre, now known as Opera Memphis. She was also a featured soloist several times with the Memphis and Jackson (TN) Symphonies, and sang all the soprano roles in Hayden's Creation with the Dallas Symphony. Mrs. Savell has served as musical director for over 50 musical productions at both the Poplar Pike Playhouse and Theatre Memphis. In 1994 she was presented with a Germantown Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Mrs. Savell is a past President and long-time Board member of the Beethoven Club of Memphis.
Milton T. Schaeffer serves on the Board of Directors of both the Germantown Performing Arts Center and IRIS. Mr. Schaeffer is a partner of Oak Ridge Investments, Dallas, Texas, and he is the retired owner of Bluff City Buick in Memphis.
Margaret Wellford Tabor graduated from The Hutchison School, received her BA from Connecticut College and her MA from the University of Memphis. In addition, Mrs. Tabor attended the graduated schools of English at Duke University, the University of Memphis, and Exeter College at Oxford University in England. She has been a full- and part-time teacher at The Hutchison School and MUS and an instructor at the Meeman Center at Rhodes College. Mrs. Tabor is an active supporter of the arts and education in Memphis. She and her husband, Dr. Owen Tabor, support Teach for America and often plan vacations where excellent Shakespeare productions may be found. She is a full-time mother and grandmother.
Owen Britt Tabor, MD (President) was born in Germantown (Philadelphia), PA, the only Yankee by birth at that time in a very large Southern family. He was schooled by Quakers at the William Penn Charter School, then by Methodists at Wesleyan University (CT), and finally by tobacco at Duke University School of Medicine. His wife of nearly 48 years, Margaret Wellford Tabor, has introduced him to the finer things in life, including Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Dr. Tabor has worked as a Navy Flight Surgeon (1965-68) and as an Orthopedic Surgeon since then; but now partially retired, he says, "I am excited about serving with a group of truly exceptional and dedicated people as this organization progresses. Henry V was right when he rallied to those who would recall their own service on St. Crispin's day at Agincourt - so it is with this remarkable TSC Board...it WILL be remembered!"
Deborah Dunklin Tipton, Philanthropist.
Louise Collier Calandruccio (Founding Member) is an active member of the Memphis Garden Club. She recently illustrated a brochure on Riverwoods, a Tennessee State Natural Area, in Germantown. Mrs. Calandruccio is a volunteer for the Emmanuel Center, including the Art Camp, as well as the Episcopal Church Women scholarship committee. She has served for many years on the Board of Advisors for Bridges USA. She is the wife of Dr. Jim Calandruccio, and the mother of two.
Ruth Dunning, a teacher for over 40 years, has taught in Stuttgart, Germany, Evansville, Indiana, and Shelby County. She currently teaches at the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies. Mrs. Dunning is the past president of the Brooks Museum League, and Chair of the Designers and Artists Showcase. She has been Teacher of the Year at Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, and the 1986 TEA State Teacher of the Year. In addition, she was the Germantown News Teacher on the Move, and the city of Germantown Teacher of the Year. In 2001, Mrs. Dunning was named a Germantown Hometown Hero.
John Paul (Jack) Jones, after graduating from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia Law School in 1948, joined the Memphis law firm of Wrap and Hernly, with offices in Washington, DC. He later went into private practice where he specialized in interstate commerce transportation, and labor law. In 1960, Mr. Jones became publisher of Memphis Daily News, a family-owned business and legal newspaper, that has published since 1886. Mr. Jones retired from the practice of law in 1992. A lifelong resident of Memphis, he is a past president of the Tennessee Press Association, the American Court and Commercial Newspapers, Inc., and also a past member of the Memphis Literacy Council. Mr. Jones is a board member of the Benjamin C. Hooks Library, the Rock n, Soul Museum, located in the FedEx Forum, and a founder of the Memphis Economic Club. Mr. Jones is a lifelong devotee of Thomas Jefferson and William Shakespeare.
Robert C. "Bobby" Lanier (Founding Member), a Shelby County native, was the executive assistant to three mayors of Shelby County, serving as their chief aide and advisor. Mr. Lanier was a founder and a Vice-Chairman of the Board of The Bank of Germantown and a former director of Neshoba Bank. Currently, he serves as Advisor-Director of Trustmark National Bank. He is the past President and Director of the GermantownCharity Horse Show, and is its Executive Director. Mr. Lanier is a member of the four-person advisory Board of the Germantown Festival Association, and was the 1998-99 President of the Mid-South Fair. He was also voted Germantown Man of the Year in 1963, 1976, 2005, and 2007.
Sheryl Lipman (Past President) is the University Counsel and Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis. Ms. Lipman is a Board member of the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Development Corporation, and Past Chair and current Board member of Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood. Additionally, Ms. Lipman is on the Board of Advisors of Facing History and Ourselves and on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Jewish Federation. The Memphis Business Journal selected Ms. Lipman as one of the Top 40 under 40 in 1998, and in 1995 she was a member of the Merit Selection Panel to Choose Federal Public defender for Western District of Tennessee. She studied at the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law.
Audrey L. Taylor (1917-2012) was a long-time resident of Shelby County. Her family is now the owner of Wildwood Farms in Germantown. She was a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Crippled Children's Hospital, and a member of the Junior League of Memphis and the Little Garden Club. Tennessee Shakespeare Company's fifth season is dedicated to Audrey for her great friendship, unswerving loyalty, and heart-felt generosity.
George Walters (Past President) is a long-time and influential community volunteer in Germantown and Shelby County. He is a past Chairman of the Germantown Performing Arts Center and past President of the Germantown Community Theatre. In addition to serving on numerous Boards and commissions, Mr. Walters is a Co-Founder and the current President of Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), and the President of the popular Germantown Festival.
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Click this link to watch a brief, inspiring report from our friends at Action News 5 about our 3-Day Residency at Westwood High School!
What is a Residency?
A Residency is more than one master class or playshop. We come to you with a playful and enlightening curriculum of progression that encourages students to learn on their feet. Through multiple sessions, participants will build a theatrical foundation of physical, vocal, and textual vocabulary, allowing them to form an artistic community for the purpose of enjoying and creating classical theatre.
Building Your Residency
TSC will work with you and your school to craft a curriculum and determine the appropriate number of sessions and teaching artists needed to bring Shakespeare to life for your students.
A residency consists of a minimum of three sessions with the same group of students. A residency can happen in consecutive days or over consecutive weeks, however best accommodates your schedule and curriculum. For pricing, each "Day" of residency constitutes one 50-minute interactive Playshop with one group of up to 30 students.
3-Day Residency: $375*
5-Day Residency: $550*
10-Day Residency: $950*
* Plus $50/day for each day/session that requires an additional Teaching Artist (Stage Combat, Dance, etc).
What students and teachers are saying about TSC Residencies:
I think I'm learning more than other students in this school just because I'm hearing Shakespeare.
- 2009 Residency Participant, Soulsville Charter SchoolBeing an English major, and reading and referencing [Romeo and Juliet] hundreds of times, the facts had never been conveyed to me and with such evidence and clarity before. Interacting as a player with the play versus reading it forces one to pay attention to detail and certain aspects that one never would while reading. You guys made Shakespeare come to life in the 21st century and you did it with such love and passion. The experience is a priceless one!
- Larissa Redmond, Graduate Student, Christian Brothers UniversityThe students were truly inspired, and the love of the Great Bard's words has only deepened more throughout our hallowed halls. You are a true gift to our city and the young minds that you are embracing.
- Leigh Mansberg, Teacher, St. Mary's Episcopal School
To begin crafting your residency, please contact
the TSC Education Department at 901-759-0604 or Education@TnShakespeare.org
Playshop at Harding Academy
Shakespeare was a PLAYwright, he wrote PLAYS for PLAYers to perform in PLAYhouses! TSC encourages your students to experience Shakespeare as the Elizabethans did: with dancing, fighting, music, collaboration, and wordPLAY!
TSC Teaching Artists move Shakespeare's stories and language off the page and into the hearts, bodies, voices, and imaginations of your students. Watch students transform from quietly reading Shakespeare's stories at their desks to actively speaking and physically playing them on their feet. Allow your students to discover why Shakespeare needs to be PLAYed.
TSC's Education Team can work with your school to craft a unique Playshop experience for your students. Playshops can be centered on the Shakespeare play of your choice, TSC's upcoming production, or be non-play specific. What better way to offer your students an invaluable, life-long, personal connection to Shakespeare and his language?
The cost of one 50-minute playshop with a TSC teaching artist is $150.00 for a maximum capacity of 30 students.
What students and teachers are saying about TSC Playshops:
I'm sure that none of us will ever look at it [Shakespeare] the same way again! When you got us onto our feet acting, we were drawn into the story - and we adored it! For the rest of the afternoon and the next day, my friends and I raved about it. We have a passion for Shakespeare, thanks to you.
-Isabel Azar, sixth grade student, Westminster Academy[Playing] was definitely more fun than reading the play because becoming a player made the play relatable and easier to understand. I learned that I have a lot in common with [Shakespeare's] characters. Shakespeare doesn't seem as archaic as I previously perceived him. The different activities showed me that Shakespeare was instead ahead of his time.
- Tiara Baker, Christian Brother's UniversityIncredible! I wasn't sure my students would want to participate, but they absolutely loved it. They could not stop talking about it!
- Kim Tucker, Germantown High SchoolThere's no way I could have been as effective as you were in introducing Shakespeare.
- Karissa Steward, Riverdale Elementary School
For more information, or to book your Playshop,
please contact the TSC Education Department at
901-759-0604 or Education@TnShakespeare.org
You Can Make an Education Difference
Pictured (left to right): Dan McCleary with Chip, Barbara, Virginia, and John Apperson
If you would like to help TSC move the arts closer to the center of every child's learning experience, please:
1. Write a personal letter about your experience as a participant in one of TSC's education programs or as an audience member to:
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
P.O. Box 382143
Germantown, TN 38183-2143
2. Make a contribution to the Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund by clicking on the 'Donate Now' button on the right-hand side of your browser margin, and help us bring as many children as possible to Shakespeare:
The Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund
Bringing as Many Children to Shakespeare as Possible
The Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund (established in 2008 by her loving children Chip, John, and Virginia pictured above) serves as our annual Education Fund to ensure as many Mid-South children as possible can participate in our expanding Education Program. Specifically, the Angel Fund:
- Underwrites Free Will Thursday Kids Nights during our productions; allowing Children aged 17 and younger to see one performance per week free of charge when accompanied by a guardian;
- Supplements ticket prices and transportation for special morning matinees and post-show discussions of our productions for middle and high school students;
- Supplements costs associated with in-school Shakespeare Playshops and Residencies throughout the Mid-South;
- Made possible the launch of Shakespeare Play Camps in summer 2015: multiple indoor/outdoor camps of Renaissance imagination for students ages 4-18;
TSC's The Taming of the Shrew (2014)
Pictured (left to right): David Rhea (multi-year veteran of TSC's Young Players Training Intensive) and Brian Sheppard