Our Past Productions
How did this get started?
Dan McCleary, one of this country’s most renowned Shakespearian actors and directors, began searching the South a year and a half ago for a city that needed and wanted to support an outdoor Shakespeare Company. After visits to potential locations in several states, he returned to his childhood home of Memphis. His long-time mentor and friend Frank Bluestein convinced him to look at a secluded site in Germantown, a 14-acre wooded parcel in the heart of town, behind Morgan Woods Park on Poplar Pike.
|The September Prelude Event hosted by The Dixon Gallery and Garden: Brittany Morgan and Gabriel Vaughan.|
What are the plans for 2008?
Launch Shakespeare into the woods
McCleary’s proposed site and plan garnered acclaim and an enthusiastic response from city officials. They decided to create a master plan for the area, which prevented the Shakespeare Company from launching on the site in 2008. This is where St. George’s Episcopal Church, Rev. Gary Sturni, and Barbara Apperson stepped in. They offered both the church and grounds along with the Apperson property as a temporary home-away-from-home for
one year to allow for a pilot season and testing of the idea. If all goes well this autumn…. the goal will be to move forward in Year Two with a larger plan and vision.
What is the larger plan and vision?
Magically Elizabethan, revelatory, and fun
An Arts Park. The original hidden parcel behind Morgan Woods allows for multiple access points on foot in a beautiful woodland already laced with trails in which scenes from each of Shakespeare’s plays would erupt, sculpture installations would rotate, children would act out plays they write, music practice sheds would sing out with violins and cellos, dancers would rehearse on an open-air platform, flower gardens would line the paths, and the trees would be lit up at dusk with pastel colors. Nestled within this activity, you would come upon an arbor, through which you would encounter a 600-seat natural outdoor amphitheatre with a 200’ x 200’ playing area for a performance that night of Macbeth played in 360 degrees. Horses ride in from stage-left, Macbeth murders the King stage-right, and Macduff’s avenging English troops arm far upstage under the sweet gum trees for their full-out assault on the Scottish Thane!
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 (Vice President) 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 (Secretary), 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.
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.
Ernest G. Kelly, Jr. (Treasurer) 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.
Julia Williams Manning began her studies with a wonderful public school education at Snowden, then continued with graduation from The Hutchison School and Hollins College, majoring in philosophy and French, with a year's interlude at the Sorbonne (University of Paris). After graduation she studied at the University of Grenoble, France, followed by an MA in French from the University of Memphis and a BFA in painting from the Memphis College of Art. She took Memphis' first group of public school students to travel abroad to France in 1964 while teaching Spanish and French at Kingsbury. She was a founding member of the Semmes Street Artists' Association and after a number of group exhibits, she had a solo painting exhibit at Albers Gallery of Fine Art. She is a past president of Les Passees, Inc. and of the Hutchison Alumnae Association. She has been on the Vestry at St. John's Episcopal Church and on the Board of Directors of Voices of the South and Desoto Family Theatre. She is progressing from French literature to English by participating in the Shakespeare Readers under the gentle and patient guidance of Margaret Tabor, and she looks forward to helping many others appreciate the Bard by being on the Board of Directors of Tennessee Shakespeare Company.
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.
Melia M. Murphy 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.
Raymond U. Osarogiagbon , MD FACP, is a hematologist, medical oncologist (blood, cancer specialist). Director of the University of Tennessee Cancer Institute's Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology, 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."
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 Hutchinson 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!"
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Dr. Susan Warner is a Memphis pathologist and community volunteer.
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.
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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Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Sixth Season will be announced shortly.