Our Past Productions
Live Auction Packages
Classic Wrigley Field Rooftop Experience
Take part in a tradition that goes back to the 1914's Opening Day by watching Cubs baseball from a nearby rooftop. Includes round-trip coach class airfare for two to Chicago and a three-night stay in a standard guest room at a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or comparable hotel.
This offer expires March 10, 2018. Valid for the Chicago Cubs regular season games, subject to availability. Excludes Opening Day and may exclude other premium series. Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability.
Fair market value: $5855.00
Pete Pranica Personal Grizzlies Package
Pete’s personal game seats, opportunity to watch pregame interview, tour of media room and truck, watch team warm-ups courtside, on-court during player introductions, and a team-signed Grizzlies Basketball.
Restrictions: This offer expires March 10, 2018
Fair Market Value: $1000.00
Kennedy Space Center Astronaut Adventure
Enjoy an experience for two at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Your package will include an Astronaut Training Experience, an up close explorer tour of NASA’s KSC Headquarters, admission to the visitor complex, and lunch with an astronaut! Includes round-trip coach class airfare for two to Orlando and a three-night stay in a standard guest room at a Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott or comparable hotel.
This offer expires March 10, 2018
Must be booked a minimum of 60 days in advance. Reservations are subject to availability. Ground transportation is not included.
Fair market value: $5695.00
Silent Auction Items
Autographed Downton Abbey photo
Autographed poster of Star Wars: Escape from the Death Star
Autographed Johnny Cash album
Autographed B. B. King album
All items include Certificates of Authentication. Must be present to bid.
The Eighth Annual Shakespeare Gala
Featuring Broadway’s Original Little Mermaid:
Friday, March 10, 2017
Platinum and Gold Sponsors (and their guests) arrive for early check-in. Cocktails served.
Doors open. Check-in, Cocktails, Passed hors d'oeuvers, and Gourmet Tapas-Style Stations are open to all guests. Almost-Live Silent Auction opens for bids. Wine-pull open. Drawing Tickets available for Broadway Weekend-for-two.
Almost-Live Silent Auction and Dinner Stations close. Guests are invited into the the theatre.
The festivities begin! Place your bids in a series of fun events: our fast-paced Restaurant Frenzy returns this year to join our Event Frenzy and Live Auction, featuring multiple exciting packages that you won't want to miss! Winner of the Broadway Weekend-for-two is selected.
15-minute intermission. Opportunity to refill beverages. Bars will close during the performance.
Broadway’s soaring soprano Sierra Boggess takes the stage for a magical, intimate performance.
Dessert Buffet is open to all guests in the Lobby. Platinum and Gold Sponsors enjoy a Champagne and Dessert Reception with our Broadway Star in the Black Box.
Call (901) 759-0604 to reserve your tickets today or purchase Bronze Single/Bronze Couple Tickets online.
This Year's Tapas-Style Menu
Passed Hors d'oeuvres
Goat cheese tarts with sundried tomato and pine nut pesto
Pecan chicken bites
Caprese skewers with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, and a balsamic drizzle
Small Plate Station I
Chef carved beef tenderloin
Served over boursin mashed potatoes with warm asparagus and tomato salad.
Garnished with won-ton crisp and drizzled with balsamic reduction.
Stuffed portobellos with fresh spinach, carrots, and parmesan. Served over mashed potatoes.
Small Plate Station II
Gourmet garlic cheddar grits topped with spiced shrimp in tasso gravy.
Served with garlic cheddar biscuits.
Small Plate Station III
Chicken Roulade stuffed with spinach, proscuitto, and cheese.
Served over herbed risotto with a rosemary garnish.
An assortment of mini sweets such as lemon bars, chocolate raspberry, blondies, and caramel apples
Mother and Daughter are beautiful dates for the 2016 Gala.
Sierra Boggess as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new ‘Christine’ in Broadway’s Phantom of the Opera”
You never know who might entertain you at TSC's Gala. The Commercial Appeal's Michael Donahue tickles the ivories to the delight of Gala guests.
TSC's Gala appeals to wide audiences. There is fun for everyone!
Photos: Joey Miller
2017 Frenzy Items
Houston’s Restaurant - $150.00
Babalu’s - $50.00
Folk’s Folly - $50.00
Grove Grill - $25.00
Royal Panda - $100.00
The Half Shell - $25.00
Bosco’s – $50.00
Soul Fish Café – $50.00
Deli on the Square – $25.00
Golden India - $25.00
Bayou Bar and Grill – $25.00
Lafayette’s – $50.00
Schewinhaus – $25.00
Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar - $25.00
Malco Theatres – (4) movie passes - $40.00
GPAC – (2) tickets to one listed performance - $100.00
Orpheum – (2) tickets to Riverdance on 3/26/17 - $300.00
IRIS Orchestra – (2) tickets to remaining performances - $130.00
Theatre Memphis – Double Membership for 2017-2018 Performance season - $270.00
Brooks Art Museum – (1) family membership - $75.00
Memphis Symphony Orchestra – (4) 2 – ticket vouchers - $464.00
TSC Thanks Our 2017 Auction Donors!
from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
E. Frank Bluestein, Executive Director:
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 (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare Feast, Unto the Breach, The Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew. He played the title role in TSC’s Richard III two years ago, and he has directed TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, 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. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and 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, as well as Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other regional theatre: Seattle Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, 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, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages. Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” for four consecutive years, 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 is the proud dad of six-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.
E. Frank Bluestein
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.
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 Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), 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, Shakespeare Said It, and Lend me thy Sword! Onstage, she performed the Countess in All's Well that Ends Well, the female role in Unto the Breach and 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.
Ms. Shine is the former Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, a position she held for 13 years. For SSC, she directed and/or produced countless productions. 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 (which she also conceived and adapted) 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 additional Shakespearean 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 the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she was mentored by Shakespearean great, Cal Winn. She earned her BFA at the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is currently in pursuit of her MFA at the University of Memphis. Her greatest role is that of mother to Conor, Cahillane, Sullivan, and Collins.
Company and Box Office Manager
Laura Daniels is a native Memphian and comes to TSC with over ten years of office management experience. She received her BA in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. In her spare time Laura enjoys cooking, gardening, and reading. She is married and the mother of one son and several fur babies.
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.
Marquis Dijon Archuleta
Marquis Dijon Archuleta is ecstatic to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company for the first time. He is a graduate of the University of Montana School of Theatre & Dance program with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and a minor in Psychology. A few credits include: Of Mice and Men (Crooks), Cyrano De Bergerac (Comte De Guiche), Pentecost (Antonio), Pippin (Louis) Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Peter). He thanks TSC for giving him this opportunity, and his friends, family, and professors for supporting him.
Jillian Barron is a native Illinoisan who moved to Memphis in 2013 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture from Union University. Past Credits: Byhalia, MS at Playhouse on the Square (Ostrander Nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at GCT (Ostrander Nomination), and In Search of Tonto Goldstein at The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (Global Premiere). She thanks her wonderful and supportive parents, Jim and Tricia Barron, and her darling husband, Zach Williams.