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Eric B. Anthony* (Puck in Midsummer Night) Broadway: Mary Poppins, Hairspray, The Lion King. Off-Broadway/Regional: Kiss Me, Kate; Dreamgirls; The Producers; The Wiz; RENT; Sophisticated Ladies; Jelly's Last Jam; Damn Yankees; Grand Hotel; Bye Bye Birdie; Golden Boy; FAME; Recorded in Hollywood; Stay on the Line; Naked Boys Singing; Hangin' Out; Don't Quit Your Night Job; The Difficulty of Crossing a Field; Queenie Pie; bonded; and Something Happened. Film: "Waiting in the Wings: The Musical," "Sexina," "Running the Code," "G Love," "LoveDorable," "Camelot," and "Voodoo Doll." TV: "Tosh.0," "Exposing the Order of the Serpentine," "The Interns," "Monogamy," and "Bozos."
Jillian Barron (Titania's All-Star in Midsummer Night) is a newcomer to Tennessee Shakespeare Company and a long-time fan of Shakespeare with past productions including As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and The Winter's Tale. After this, she will be heading off to Pennsylvania to be a part of the improv troupe at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.
Jen Bender (Director, The Oliver Experiment) is the Director of Programming and Artist Services and a Founding Producer of the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Her Broadway credits include The Lion King (Resident Director), Honeymoon in Vegas, Avenue Q, The Wedding Singer, Steel Magnolias (Associate Director), and Sweet Smell of Success (Music Assistant). She toured North America, Asia, and Australia as the Assistant Artistic Director of Cirque du Soleil's Ovo and directed the world premiere of Do You Hear the People Sing: The Dream Concertby Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, featuring Lea Salonga, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Terrence Mann. She is a co-founder of Broadway in South Africa, a non-profit arts empowerment organization for children in need. Jen is a graduate of Northwestern University. www.jenbenderonline.com
E. Frank Bluestein (Executive Director of Showplace Memphis) 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 Mr. Bluestein as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. Mr. Bluestein 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. Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. He currently serves as 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. Until his recent retirement, Mr. Bluestein served for 37 years as the chairman of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department in Germantown, TN. He was the founder and Artistic 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 Department of Fine Arts become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Arts in Education Award. Graduates from his program include Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell; film, television, and stage actress Missi Pyle; Emmy-winning casting director (Desperate Housewives & NYPD Blue) Scott Genkinger; NPR reporter Debbie Elliott; and Blue Man Group actor Wes Day. During Mr. Bluestein's tenure, Germantown Community Television received over 130 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named eleven times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA, most recently in 2013. The studio has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Mr. Bluestein 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 (National Student Television Award of Excellence) for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 33 regional first-place student Emmy awards. Mr. Bluestein 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. In September 2013, he was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in Minneapolis. Mr. Bluestein is a frequent speaker and writer on arts related issues.
Rachel Brun* (Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream; Journeyman Artist-Manager) is thrilled to spend this season with TSC as a Journeyman. She got hooked on the work of TSC last season when she appeared as Juliet in TSC’s mainstage production and taught in Memphis schools with The Romeo and Juliet Project. Most recently, she appeared in TSC's Twelfth Night (Sebastian) and Richard III (Anne, Prince Edward, etc.). In her native Seattle, Rachel has appeared in Attempts on Her Life (The Horse in Motion), Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Domesticity (The Town Theater), Calling Nancy Drew (STAGEright), and Brilliant Traces (The Market Theatre). She received her BA from the University of Washington, where her favorite credits include Macbeth (Lady Macduff), August: Osage County (Ivy), Rough Magic (Miranda), and Urinetown. Film: Dead Body (Ilsa).
Bruce Bui (Costume Designer for Richard III) TSC: The Taming of the Shrew, Unto the Breach, Shakes Rattle & Roll, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), It’s a Wonderful Life: a LiveRadio Play, Rebel Shakespeare and His Women, and Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits. Originally from Southern California, Bruce now lives in Memphis and is in his twelfth season as the Wardrobe Director and Resident Costume Designer for Ballet Memphis. His works can be seen regularly on the Orpheum stage and numerous other venues around the Mid-South. He has also worked with The Western Stage (Always, Patsy Cline), Cabrillo Musical Theatre (Funny Girl), Santa Susanna Repertory Theatre (Shiloh, War of the World), and Kingsmen Shakespeare Company (As You Like It), among others.
Michael Campayno* (Ollie in The Oliver Experiment), a Pittsburgh native and the youngest of six children, was last seen in NBC's Sound of Music Live as Rolf Gruber. While in Pittsburgh, Michael performed with Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, was a Gene Kelly Award recipient, and received his training from Carnegie Mellon's School of Drama. Favorite roles include Billy Bigelow in Carousel, Gabe in Next to Normal, and he also appeared in All Shook Up at North Shore Music Theater. Follow him @MCampayno.
Matt Castle (Musical Director/Accompianist for Tenderly) has played, acted in, directed, and/or developed more than 75 new musicals at Sundance Institute, NYU, Playwrights Horizons, Weston Playhouse, O’Neill Center, Signature Theatre, York Theatre, Barrington Stage, NYMF, and CAP21. With Frank Galgano, he has created orchestrations for musicals and concerts at Kennedy Center, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Roundabout, Atlantic Theater Company, George Street Playhouse, ACT, Davies Hall, BC/EFA, TheatreworksUSA, Sacramento Theatre Company, and Waterfront Playhouse. As an actor/musician, he performed in the 2007 Broadway revival of Company, the original off-Broadway casts of Musical of Musicals, Enter Laughing, and LingoLand; Cincinnati Playhouse’s Merrily We Roll Along; and Fiasco Theater’s Into the Woods.
Jon Castro (Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is currently a Senior at The University of Memphis, working on his BFA in Theatre with a concentration in Performance. He is thrilled to join Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Previous credits include Macbeth, The Comedy of Errors, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, The Government Inspector, The Pillowman, and Distance. He would like to thank Stephanie and Dan for this amazing opportunity and their wonderful support and guidance through this process, as well as his friends and family for their unending love and support.
MaConnia Chesser* (King Edward/Duchess of York/Catesby/ensemble in Richard III) is elated to be returning to TSC after appearing as Katherine in last season’s The Taming of the Shrew. Regionally, she has worked with The Kennedy Center, Ensemble Studio Theatre, York Shakespeare Company, Totem Pole Playhouse, African Continuum Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Venus Theatre, Capital Renaissance, Washington Shakespeare Company, Ford’s Theatre, Folger Theatre, and Black Women Playwrights Group. For their work in Theater Alliance’s production of Insurrection: Holding History, MaConnia and her cast mates received a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Ensemble. Film and television credits include Nothing But the Truth, Misnomer,Ghosts of Hamilton Street, Diseasels, and HBO’s The Wire. MaConnia trained at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and is also a summa cum laude graduate of Alcorn State University with a B.A. in English Literature.
Shaleen Cholera (First Assistant Stage Manager in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is happy to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and Stephanie Shine once again! He is a current MFA candidate in Performance at the University of Louisville. Past TSC Credits: Othello, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and Macbeth. All thanks to my family, friends, and teachers.
Katie Rose Clarke* (Annabelle in The Oliver Experiment) Broadway: Allegiance (Hannah Campbell) premiering this Autumn, Wicked (Glinda the Good), and Light in the Piazza (Clara). National Tours: Wicked and Light in the Piazza. Regional Theatre: Last Five Years (Cathy Hiatt; winner, Best Actress, Connecticut Critics Circle Award 2014) at Long Wharf Theatre; Prayer for My Enemy (Marianne Noone). Television: The Good Wife (CBS), Live from Lincoln Center Presents: The Light in the Piazza. Film: Maybe There's a Tree (Independent Film). Katie holds a BFA from Sam Houston State University.
Larry Daggett* (Ollie's Father in The Oliver Experiment) Credits include: Ragtime (Henry Ford; original Broadway cast), Candide (NYC Opera), Red, Hot, and Cole (Cole Porter, National Tour), My Fair Lady (Doolittle/Pickering), Man of La Mancha (Quixote/Carrasco), A Little Night Music (Fredrik), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Follies (Ben), Damn Yankees (Applegate), Amadeus (Salieri cover), Souvenir (Cosme), This Wonderful Life (36 characters), The Full Monty (Harold), Annie (Rooster), Drood (Crisparkle), Sunset Boulevard (Max), 1776(R.H. Lee), and more, at theatres which include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arkansas Repertory, Asolo, Barrington Stage, Barnstormers, Cape Fear Regional, Cleveland Play House, Fulton Opera, Goodspeed Opera, Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, Music Theatre of Connecticut, New Harmony, North Shore Music Theatre, Pittsburgh Public, Portland Center Stage, Sierra Repertory, Theatre League of Kansas City, White Plains PAC, Wilma Theatre, among others. www.larrydaggett.com
Johnny Lee Davenport* (Hastings in Richard III; Malvolio in Twelfth Night), a veteran of stage and screen, appeared in TSC's The Tempest (Prospero), Macbeth (Duncan), Othello (title role), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon/Theseus). He has been a member of Shakespeare & Company for 25 years and has performed in 26 of the 37 plays in Shakespeare's canon. Johnny has performed for the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in Canada, for the Second Age Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland on four separate occasions (three as Othello and once as Iago), and for more than 50 regional theatres across the U.S., including Boston’s Huntington; Seattle’s ACT; Chicago’s Steppenwolf, Goodman, Shakespeare Repertory, and Court Theatres; Orlando Shakespeare; Yale Rep; and The Shakespeare Theatre in D.C. Johnny received a 2014 IRNE Award for Best Actor in Driving Miss Daisy in Boston; Washington, D.C.’s 2013 Helen Hayes Award for Best Ensemble in Invisible Man; and Boston’s 2011 Elliot Norton Award for Best Actor in Broke-ology. Visit www.johnnyleedavenport.com to view his complete performance history.
Katie Davis (Ensemble in The Oliver Experiment) Credits include: Ensemble in Gypsy (Studio Tenn), Lorraine in All Shook Up (Belmont University), Sandy in Grease (Chaffin's Dinner Theatre), Ensemble in The Wizard of Oz (Studio Tenn), and Florinda in Into the Woods (Belmont University). Originally from Cincinnati, Katie is currently pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre from Belmont University. She is thrilled to be working on The Oliver Experiment with such brilliant artists, and thanks Dan and Frank for the opportunity.
Dave Demke* (Egeus; Choreographer, Voice and Text Coach in A Midsummer Night's Dream) directed TSC’s production of Richard III last fall and played Quince in the company’s 2009 production. As an actor, he has appeared in productions in New York and regionally. Internationally, he has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has played the role of Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Beijing, China. He was the Artistic Director of Stark Raving Theatre in Portland, OR, for several years, and is a company member of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA. He is a Designated Linklater Voice teacher, and he holds an MFA in Performance from the University of Maryland. In his early career he was a dancer, and came within a hairsbreadth of getting cast by Bob Fosse in the 1986 revival of Sweet Charity. Dave spent this past semester teaching in the Theatre Department at the University of Memphis.
Brad DePlanche* (Feste in Twelfth Night) is thrilled to make his TSC debut and to reunite with dear friends Dan McCleary, Stephanie Shine, Paul Kiernan, and Melissa Nathan. New York theatre credits include Classic Stage Company, Theatre at St. Clements, and the world premiere of China: the Whole Enchilada for the NY International Fringe Festival with Ms. Nathan. Regional work includes Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Conservatory Theater, South Coast Repertory, Syracuse Stage, Clarence Brown Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Seattle Shakespeare Company, American Stage Theatre Company, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, People’s Light and Theatre Company, Florida Repertory Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, and Actor’s Playhouse in Coral Gables. This spring/summer, Brad will perform in Henry V at Orlando Shakespeare, and Around the World in Eighty Days and Pericles at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. He holds an MFA from A.C.T. in San Francisco.
Jeremy Desmon (Bookwriter/Lyricist, The Oliver Experiment) is an award-winning writer whose stories have played around the world. The Girl in the Frame, seen in over a dozen productions, earned him the prestigious Edward Kleban Prize as America's most promising Musical Theatre Bookwriter. Jeremy is best known for the rock musical Pump Up the Volume, Good News, 7½ Wondrous Act(s) of True Love, Surviving The Avalanche, and his high-school musical, Cyrano de BurgerShack. In addition, Jeremy writes "family theatrical"/touring arena shows for some of the world's most recognizable characters in Disney Live's Mickey's Music Festival!, Universal's Curious George Live!, and Sesame Workshop's Elmo Rocks! He is proud to have written multiple editions of The Greatest Show on Earth for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. www.jeremydesmon.com
Steven DiBlasi (Music Arranger/Pianist for Twelfth Night) is thrilled to be returning to work with TSC again this year. Having moved to Memphis for his doctorate work four years ago, he is excited to have found a way to remain in the community since its completion this past May. Steven worked with Iren Zombor in TSC's production of Hamlet two years ago and returned last year to perform alongside the cast of The Taming of the Shrew. Outside of TSC, he also maintains an active performance calendar in and around Memphis, teaches at St. Mary's Episcopal School, Lausanne Collegiate School, and runs a private studio. Steven owes much to the tutelage of Dr. Victor Asuncion, Dr. Wendy Freeland, and Dr. Kevin Richmond.
Craig Wesley Divino* (Buckingham in Richard III) NYC: Breathing Time, From White Plains, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Frogs, Doctor Faustus (Fault Line Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing (Shakespeare at the Manor); The Tragedy of Arthur, King John, and The Two Noble Kinsmen (The Guerrilla Shakespeare Project); Romeo and Hamlet (Abingdon/GayfestNYC); The Tragedy of Cardenio (Brain Trust Theatricals); Tennis in Nablus (NY Theatre Workshop). Regional: A Christmas Carol (Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park); From White Plains (Kitchen Theatre Co); Amadeus (Chautauqua Theater Company/Virginia Arts Festival); In the Next Room (SpeakEasy Stage Company); The Winter's Tale, Rx, and Arcadia (Chautauqua Theatre Company); In Spite of the Devil (Brown/Trinity Playwrights Repertory Theatre); Henry V (Rites and Reason Theatre); A Christmas Carol (Trinity Repertory Company). FILM: Girlfriend, The Automatic Hate. Craig is co-founder and co-Artistic Director of Fault Line Theatre.
Rachel Dooley-Harris* (Stage Manager in A Midsummer Night's Dream) received her BFA from the University of Houston, School of Theatre & Dance. Houston credits include Stark Naked Theatre’s Debt Collectors and The God Game, Houston Shakespeare Festival’s (ASM) The Taming of the Shrew (Asst. SM) and Othello (SM); Henry IV part one, The Alley Theatre’s ECE Touring Productions of Oskar and the Big Bully Battle and Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash. Non-Houston credits include The Queen’s Theatre premier of Hit-Lit, Shakespeare Walla Walla’s The Merchant of Venice, Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s Twelfth Night (Asst. SM), Much Ado About Nothing (SM), and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Following Midsummer, Rachel will return to Houston Shakespeare Festival for their production of The Merchant of Venice.
Noah Duffy (Puck in A Midsummer Night's Dream), 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, toured and taught nationally with The Missoula Children’s Theatre, and produced the tragically hilarious (and shockingly true) solo show Caught One-Handed. Noah is a member of several Seattle-based companies, devising new theatre with Seattle’s sassiest inter*arts gang The Libertinis, and touring internationally as a ensemble member and producer of The Seagull Project. Get more Noah at www.NoahDuffy.com.
Jim Eikner (Reader) TSC: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (Clarence). Jim owes any success he has had in public speaking, broadcasting, and theatre to his nationally-acclaimed high school speech teacher at Messick High School, Freda Kenner. He worked his way through law school as a morning deejay at WATE, Knoxville, and while he was a Law Clerk in Federal Court here and an assistant District Attorney, the recording industry and then public broadcasting were lures too strong to resist. Jim has been Marketing Manager and on-air television host for WKNO TV and FM since 1987. Last year, he performed the Henry Fonda role in On Golden Pond at Germantown Community Theatre. He has also appeared in movies, a CBS Warner Brothers national TV series, and as host of four national television pledge programs presented on PBS by WKNO, including two Elvis specials. In 2011 Jim was named Rotarian of the Year by Memphis Rotary Club and is President Elect of the Club. He has served as President of the Rhodes College Alumni and President of the Salvation Army Council.
Jason Eschhofen (Francis Flute in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is excited to be doing his first show with TSC! Originally from Ohio, Jason moved to Memphis to earn his MM in Vocal Performance from the University of Memphis. As an actor/singer/dancer, he has appeared in One Man, Two Guvnors (Band Leader), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Miles Gloriosus), Così fan tutte (Guglielmo), Don Giovanni (Masetto), Mary Poppins (ensemble/dancer), and Hairspray! (Nicest Kid). As a music director, he has worked on You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, One Man, Two Guvnors, The Wedding Singer, and Chess. Upcoming roles include Anthony in Sweeney Todd as well as the male swing and Associate Music Director for Next to Normal.
Ben Fichthorn (Lighting Designer for A Midsummer Night's Dream) was born and raised in Memphis and now resides in New York City where he freelances as a lighting designer and lighting technician. He is an alum of the University of Memphis Theatre Department where he received his BFA in Theatre Lighting & Sound Design. Midsummer is Ben’s TSC debut and the first time designing at U of M since graduating in 2012. He is excited to be a part of this production and looks forward to working with TSC again in the future. He would like to thank Dan and Stephanie for bringing him on for Midsummer, as well as his family for their love and support.
Jeremy Allen Fisher (Lighting Designer for Richard III and Twelfth Night) TSC: Unto the Breach, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, and Hamlet. He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Theatre Memphis. Jeremy also has worked with Ballet Memphis, Busch Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, The University of Memphis, Northern Oklahoma College, Collage Dance, and The Santa Fe Opera. Awards include seven Ostrander nominations for his Lighting Designs, first place in lighting design at SW-USITT(2011), and first runner-up for the National Barbizon Lighting Award (2011). He is a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Lighting Design. Jeremy thanks his wife, friends, family, mentors, and colleagues for all their support.
Kristen Fisher (Stage Manager for Showplace Memphis) is happy to be back working with TSC. She has been in a variety of positions with the company including assistant stage manager, props master and sound design. Previous shows include The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), It's a Wonderful Life, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew and Richard III. Kristen is currently the Stage Manager and Production Coordinator for Ballet Memphis. Thanks to Dan for keeping her involved, and love to Jeremy as always.
Neil Freeman (Text Consultant)is a teacher, director, text coach, and actor. He is the man behind the acclaimed First Folio editions published by Applause and utilized across the globe. Currently Associate Professor Emeritus (of Theatre) at the University of British Columbia in Canada, he is also a Master Teacher with Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, and Text Consultant to several other U.S. and Canadian theatres. His range of teaching, coaching, and directing ranges from the fifteen-year-olds in youth companies to high school teachers, through university level students (undergraduate and graduate in both liberal arts and the top-ranked professional training schools) to professional theatre companies and individual actors.
Mark Friedman (Composer, Lyricist, Playwright: Creator of Tenderly) is thrilled to have Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical at Showcase Memphis. Mark and Janet’s musicals have played across the country and abroad, including: How I Became a Pirate, Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale, The Magical Adventures of Merlin, Sleepy Hollow: A Musical Tale, Anne of Green Gables, Jingle ARRGH the Way, Snow White & the Prince, Cinderella: The Tale of the Glass Slipper, and Sherlock Holmes & the Mystery of the Crown Jewel. Mark co-founded and performed with several regional arts companies: Cincinnati’s first free Shakespeare Festival, Peanut Butter Theatre for Children, and the Artreach Touring Theatre. Represented by Paradigm Agency (New York), his works are licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and Rodgers & Hammerstein. Grateful for his theatre successes, Mark considers his best productions to be his children: Emily, a film and television major at NYU, and Chris, future golf pro and jazz musician
Megan Gardner (2nd Assistant Stage Manager in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a student at The University of Memphis. She is majoring in Theatre with a concentration in Performance, and minoring in Communications with a concentration in TV and Film Production. You may have seen her this past season in University of Memphis productions of How I Learned to Drive and Macbeth. She is absolutely delighted to work with Tennessee Shakespeare Company and an amazing cast and crew this summer. She thanks Dan McCleary for the opportunity to be a part of this great production and thanks her family and friends for all of their support.
Leigh Golden (Helena in Midsummer Night) Regional credits include Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Musical at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Carrie White in Richard Hochberg's Scary Musical The Musical, Woman 1 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Logainne Schwartzandgrubenierre in Spelling Bee at the El Portal, and Maureen in RENT. Leigh has studied theatre at the Moscow Art Theatre, in New York, Germany, and also majored in Theatre at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
Susan Haefner* (Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly) is very excited to return to the role of Rosemary Clooney in Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical after a sold-out and extended run at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Her Broadway credits include State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and 42nd Street. Tours include Billy Elliot (national tour and Toronto) and Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis (national tour and London’s West End). Regionally, Susan has played leading roles at Weston Playhouse Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Barter Theatre, and Shaker Bridge Theatre. She received her MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
David Hammons (Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is very excited to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company for the first time. He has appeared on various stages around Memphis, and most recently was in Haint (Charlie) with New Moon and As You Like It (Silvius) at Theatre Memphis. He would like to thank his family and friends for their continuous support and love.
David Haverty (Bottom in Midsummer Night) attended the Broadway Theatre Project for two summers and then went on to attend Marymount Manhattan College for Theatre. Recently, he was in the new musical Romeo and Juliet: Love is a Battlefield at Rockwell Table and Stage in Hollywood, swinging for four roles. In 2014 he performed opposite Emmy-winner Brittany Allen in the two-hander play Ryan is Lost (directed by TV veteran Michael Nankin), which they performed at Sacred Fools in LA and then at the NYC Fringe Festival. Other leading roles include The Werewolves of Hollwood Blvd, Sketches from the National Lampoon by Matty Simmons, Groovelily’s LA Premiere of Midsummer Nighs, Orgasmico’s Doomsday Cabaret, and Sacred Fools' Carnevil.
Andrew Hendrick (Ensemble in The Oliver Experiment) is thrilled to be joining this fantastic company. National Tour: Jekyll & Hyde (2014/15 tour; Bishop) and the upcoming Bullets Over Broadway (First National Tour). Other credits include Chess (2015 version), The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis), and Les Miserables (Bamatabois) with the White Plains PAC, Avenue Q (Hippodrome Theatre, FL; Brian), Seussical (Downtown Cabaret, CT; Horton), The 25th Annual...Spelling Bee (Barfee), and others. Andrew is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University. Thanks to Jeff and the entire Showplace Memphis team.
Joseph Hodge (Master Electrician, Lighting Board Operator for A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a recent graduate of The University of Memphis. His previous lighting design credits include Blues for an Alabama Sky at U of M, In Sweet Remembrance with Endstation Theatre Company, and The Woman in Blackwith New Moon Theatre Company. Joseph will be attending the University of Florida in the fall to pursue an M.F.A in lighting design. He would like to thank all of those who have helped and encouraged him along his path.
Adam Christopher Hogue (Snout in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is beyond thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of this production. A Mid-South native, some of his more recent theatrical credits include William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio), Footloose (Chuck Cranston), and Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple (Female Version) (Manolo Costazuela). Adam would like to thank director Stephanie Shine, and his parents for their never-ending love and support.
Alex Robert Holmes* (Lysander in Midsummer Night) just got back from San Francisco where he was debuting a new musical, Home Street Home. A few of Alex’s other professional credits include Cats, Man of La Mancha, and The Courier in 1776. In L.A., Alex has been seen in Glory Days as Skip, Dracula as Renfield, and Jon in Pest Control. Some of his other favorite credits are Jack in Into the Woods, Pippin in Pippin, and Micky in Blood Brother. Alex would like to thank three very special people for their continuous support: Joani and Bob Holmes, as well as the amazing, beautiful, and talented Tuffet.
Roman Kalei (Demetrius in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a third-year BFA student at the University of Memphis studying Theatre with a concentration in Theatre Performance. Local credits include Theatre Memphis' As You Like It (LeBeau), Sarafina (Crocodile), and University productions The Physicists (Uwe Sievers) and Blues for an Alabama Sky (Leland). He would like to thank his friends and family for all of their support, and looks forward to what the future may bring his way.
Bradley Karel (Journeyman Artist-Manager) is a Memphis native who is excited to begin his journey with TSC. Graduating from the University of Memphis with his BFA in Musical Theatre, Bradley recently worked in Wooster, OH, for the Ohio Light Opera Company's summer season, performing light operas such as Cole Porter's Can-Can, Lerner and Loewe's Brigadoon, and many others. He has toured with Voices of the South in their children's show, It's All Greek To Me, spent a year making guests smile in Walt Disney World, and performed A Tree, A Dog, and An Ordinary Man in NYC's Midtown International Theatre Festival.
Joshua Stephen Kartes (Music Director, The Oliver Experiment) is a freelance composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, musical director, vocal coach, and clinician based in New York City. Joshua is the music director, arranger, and orchestrator for the critically acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series. He is the music director and pianist for Broadway Sessions at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. While living in Chicago, Joshua received Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for Musical Direction and Stage Adaptation after his work in Theo Ubique Theatre Company's Chicago world premiere hit production of Jacques Brel's Lonesome Losers of the Night. He was announced as the recipient of the 2008 After Dark Award for Outstanding Musical Direction for his work on this show. In 2008, Joshua won the Jeff Award for Musical Direction for Theo Ubique's production of Cabaret.
Ramona Keller* (Guardian Angel in The Oliver Experiment) made her Broadway debut in Smokey Joe's Cafe and originated the roles of Ms. Paradice in BKLYN the Musical and Radio 1 in Caroline or Change on Broadway and in London's Royal National Theater. Select regional credits include Dreamgirls, Lonestar Love, Beehive, The Buddy Holly Story, Hugh Jackman's musical revue In Time, and the female lead in Handel's Messiah Rocks! Ramona has performed with New York Pops, Bay Atlantic Symphony, and Grand Rapids Orchestras. She most recently appeared in the Encores! Off-Center musical theater series in Little Shop of Horrors alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Ellen Greene.
Michael Khanlarian (Fabian/Curio/Antonio/Sea Captain in Twelfth Night) is a founding company member of TSC, returning after having lived in Los Angeles for the last few years. His TSC credits include Roderigo in Othello, Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Starveling in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Gonzalo in The Tempest. Other credits include Prospero/Trinculo in The Tempest (self-produced), Iago in Othello (Theatre Memphis,) and working' with one of his mentors Gloria Baxtor as an ensemble member of the touring production Wild Legacy (Voices of the South). Michael received his BFA at the University of Memphis in performance, and trained in commedia at the Accadamia Del Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Thank you, Captain Dan, for bringing me back aboard.
Paul Kiernan* (Clarence/Ensemble in Richard III; Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night) TSC: The Taming of the Shrew (Petruchio) Regional theatre: Hamlet, 12 Angry Men, Is He Dead, Pride and Prejudice, Our Town, The Tempest at Pioneer Theatre; Freedomland, Skin in Flames, The Beard of Avon, Six years, End Days at Salt Lake Acting Company; Julius Caesar, Henry IV at Salt Lake Shakespeare; Romeo and Juliet at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company; Cyrano de Bergerac (title role) at Hangar Theatre; Macbeth, As You Like It, The Tempest, The Taming of the Shrew at St. Louis Shakespeare; The Merry Wives of Windsor, You Can't Take it With You, Amadeus at Great Lakes Shakespeare; Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, As You Like It at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Film/TV: HBO series From the Earth to the Moon, Luck of the Irish, Go Figure, The Cell 2. MFA in Acting from Brandeis University.
Taylor Starr Knight (Assistant Lighting Designer for Richard III) TSC: The Taming of the Shrew (lighting designer, master electrician). Taylor also has worked with Cirque du Soleil, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Ballet, and Oklahoma City's Civic Center Music Hall. She won best regional lighting design at KCACTF in 2012. Taylor has a BFA in Theatre Design and Production with an Emphasis in Lighting from Oklahoma City University. Thanks to her family, friends, and mentors for all they inspired and have shown her along the way.
Janice Benning Lacek (Costume Designer for Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night's Dream) TSC: Makeup design for A Midsummer Night's Dream and The Tempest. National credits since 1987 include La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., Syracuse Stage, San Diego Rep, the American University of Cairo, Egypt, and the Oregon, Utah, and Colorado Shakespeare Festivals. CSF's Richard II was included by invitation in the U.S. entry at the 1999 Prague Quadrennial. The former resident designer with Denver's Curious Theatre Company (1999-2003), Janice has taught costume design at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Kenyon College. Local audiences have seen her work since 2007 at Opera Memphis, Theatre Memphis, and the University of Memphis, where she is Associate Professor of Costume Design & Technology.
Katrina Lenk* (Titania in Midsummer Night) Broadway: Turn Off the Dark (Arachne), and The Miracle Worker. Regional credits include: Cloudlands (Caroline), Elemeno Pea (Michaela), and Caucasian Chalk Circle (Grusha) at SouthCoast Rep, iWitness (Margaret) at the Mark Taper Forum, Lost Land (Anna) at Steppenwolf Theatre, and Lovelace: A Rock Opera (Linda Lovelace) at The Hayworth, et. al. TV: Elementary, The Blacklist. Katrina is a member of several bands, including her own original music project, moxy phinx.
Meredith Lesley (Titania's All-Star in Midsummer Night; Ensemble in The Oliver Experiment) is a Memphis native who received her Musical Theatre degree from Marymount Manhattan College. She was last seen as Moth in Midsummer Night as part of TSC's Showplace Memphis, and featured in the Broadway's Rising Star concert in NYC. Other favorite credits include Closer Than You Think (Rogers), Footloose (Rusty), and Children of Eden in concert (with composer Stephen Schwartz).
Lynden Lewis (Titania's All-Star in Midsummer Night) has most recently been seen at Playhouse on the Square in the title role of Mary Poppins and is excited to be returning there to perform in their upcoming season. Some of her other favorite credits include Elizabeth Benning (Young Frankenstein), Val (A Chorus Line), Mae (Reefer Madness), and Maureen (Rent). She currently teaches voice and theatre at e.Studio Performing Arts in Cordova and is loving building a theatre department at Riverdale Elementary. Lynden is a native Memphian and attended the University of Tulsa for musical theatre with a vocal performance minor.
James Lynch (Demetrius in Midsummer Night) recently starred as Phantom in Vox Lumiere's Phantom of the Opera in L.A., which received critical acclaim. The production was also nominated for seven 2014 Ticket Holder's Awards, winning the award for Special Events and Performances. Other recent credits include Captain Hook in Vox Lumiere's Peter Pan, Danny Farinelli in Sacred Fool's CarnEvil, Freder in Vox Lumiere's Metropolis, and Jeff Gillooly in A.R.T.'s production of Tonya and Nancy in Boston.
Michael Marotta* (The Doctor in Tenderly) comes to TSC fresh from The Music Man with the Cincinnati Pops, and happily returns to Tenderly with Ms. Haefner having played the role at Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park. He created the role of Walter Winchell in the new musical Mr. Confidential at the Signature Theater in his hometown, NYC. Most recent credits: Herr Schultz in Cabaret (Rep Theater St. Louis); Huck in The Fantasticks; Sidney Bruhl in Deathtrap (Florida Rep); Billy Flynn in Chicago, Ben Hecht in Moonlight & Magnolias (Flat Rock Playhouse, NC). NY credits include Mad about the Boy, the centennial salute to Noel Coward, and Irving Berlin’s Louisiana Purchase, both at Carnegie Hall. As a cabaret artist, Michael has twice been the recipient of both the MAC Award and the BACKSTAGE Bistro Award.
Kaitlyn Maurer (Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a third-year BFA theatre major with a concentration in Performance at the University of Memphis. She was last seen in Voices of the South's The Awakening. U of M credits include Macbeth, The Little Prince, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and Eleemosynary. She would like to thank Tennessee Shakespeare Company for giving her this wonderful opportunity and the entire cast and crew for allowing this to be a truly memorable experience. Thanks to her family, friends, and Hunter Reid for their love and support.
Dan McCleary (title role in Richard III; director of Twelfth Night) 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 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. He also has directed 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 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, 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 serves on the City of Germantown’s Telecommunications Committee, and holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University. Dan and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of three-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.
Emily McCormick (Cobweb in A Midsummer Night's Dream) has just finished her first year at the University of Memphis, where she is studying Theatre Performance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. In her first year, she appeared in The Wedding Singer (ensemble) and Blues for an Alabama Sky (Angel). Other credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), The King and I (Lady Thiang), and Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). She will be playing the role of Natalie in Next to Normal this fall at the university. She is extremely grateful to Tennessee Shakespeare Company for providing her with this amazing opportunity! She sends copious amounts of love to the entire theatre department at U of M, and her parents.
Angelo McDonough (Ensemble in The Oliver Experiment) is thrilled to be a part of this cast and to work at Tennessee Shakespeare Company. He recently performed as Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business... at Boston's Stoneham Theatre, and directly after this he will return there to perform in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He has performed in NYC for the past six years in multiple productions, concerts, and readings of new work. Angelo is an alum of Marymount Manhattan College. A huge "thank you" to Meredith Lesley and Frank Bluestein for making this possible.
Cara McHugh (Education and Community Relations Manager) 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.
Brendan Milburn (Co-Author of Midsummer Night) writes songs for theatre and film, produces records, and is a stay-at-home dad when he's not off rewriting the opening number at some regional theatre somewhere. Musicals: Striking 12 (Off-Broadway & regional), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (CTG, McCarter, La Jolla, 5th Avenue), Wheelhouse (TheatreWorks), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney), Long Story Short (regional and Off-Off Broadway), Midsummer Night (in development), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Seattle Rep/George St. Playhouse) Watt?!? (Village Theatre), The Behavior of Broadus (CTG, Sacred Fools), Beautiful Poison (5th Avenue). Film: four movies about Tinker Bell (Disney).
Caley Milliken* (Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream) TSC: Richard III (Elizabeth/ensemble), The Tempest (Ariel), Romeo and Juliet (Lady Capulet/Tybalt), Julius Caesar (Marc Antony), and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Peaseblossom). NYC: The Dick & the Rose at Cherry Lane Theatre/FringeNYC; Francis Goes to War at The Humanist Project. Regional: Clybourne Park at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Wittenberg and A Christmas Carol at Portland Stage Company; Women Beware Women at Constellation Theatre; Much Ado About Nothing and Antigone at Corning Classics; Leap Year, Othello, Cindy Bella, The Ladies Man, A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare & Company. TV: VEEP. Training: MFA (Acting) Purdue University; Shakespeare & Company.
Melissa A. Nathan* (Production Stage Manager for Richard III and Twelfth Night) is very excited to be back at TSC, where she previously stage managed The Taming of the Shrew. Other credits include: What the Butler Saw and As You Like It (Theater at Monmouth), RED (Triad Stage), Deathtrap (Centenary Stage), Educating Rita (Florida Rep), August: Osage County (WPPAC), The Mound Builders (Kaliyuga Arts), Lost in Yonkers (Atlantic Stage), The Diary of Anne Frank (Chenango River Theatre), Bonnie & Clyde (Asolo Rep), China: The Whole Enchilada (FringeNYC), and The Imaginary Invalid (Orlando Shakespeare). She has her BA in Technical Theatre from Florida Atlantic University, and was recently an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis. Melissa is a proud member of AEA and co-secretary of the Stage Managers’ Association.
Kent Nicholson (Director of Tenderly) most recently directed Long Story Short at Prospect Theater in New York. New York credits include Five Flights (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater), Wet (Summer Play Festival), and Marry Harry (NYMF, American Theater Group). Regional: Light in the Piazza (South Coast Repertory), How to Write a New Book for the Bible (South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, Seattle Repertory), Lizzie (Theater Under the Stars, Village Theater), Grey Gardens, Vincent in Brixton, Ambition Facing West, and All My Sons (TheatreWorks), Saint Ex (Weston Playhouse), 9 Circles, The Good German, and Jacques Brel (Marin Theater Company), Small Tragedy and Satellites (Aurora Theater Company). He created the New Works Initiative at TheatreWorks in Palo Alto and currently serves as the Director of Musical Theater at Playwrights Horizons.
Charisse Norment (Peaseblossom in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BFA and concentration in Performing Arts. She is very excited to be back with Tennessee Shakespeare after performing and teaching with The Romeo and Juliet Project this spring. She has also performed in several different productions around Memphis, including Fabulation, Polaroid Stories, The Government Inspector, and Medea. She is very thankful to God, her parents, and TSC for granting her this opportunity to further her craft.
Ryan O'Connell (Music Director/Accompanist of Midsummer Night) As music director: Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (George Street Playhouse), The Grammy Experience (Norwegian Cruise Line), Nightline: JFK Anniversary Special (NBC), Midsummer Night (LA Premiere), Bronies (Hollywood Fringe), Real Housekeepers of Studio City (Hollywood Fringe), Edges (LA Premiere). As orchestrator: Loch Ness: The Musical (Chance Theater), Browsers (Amazon), The Fourth Messenger (LA Premiere), Bronies (3rd Street Theater), Wild Things (NRDC Films). As composer/arranger: Dragons: Defenders of Berk (Cartoon Network), I Am Big Bird (Copperpot Pictures), Calgary Stampede, The Freddy Awards (State Theatre), Learning Town (Geek & Sundry), Ladies Knight (USC) (Annie Award nominee), choral arrangements for Shawnee Press and Alfred, two original musicals - Horror High and Horrible Shakespeare.
Molly Ranson* (Nurse Bianca in The Oliver Experiment) most recently appeared on Broadway in Larry David's Fish in the Dark. She made her Broadway debut in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of August: Osage County, which she subsequently performed at the National Theatre in London (Olivier Award nomination for Best Company Performance) and the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia. She next appeared on Broadway in Jerusalem, opposite Mark Rylance. Off-Broadway, Molly starred in the Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Bad Jews (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), in MCC Theater's production of Carrie (Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Drama League Award nominations), and in the Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard Theatre production of The Burnt Part Boys.
Paul Revaz (Technical Director for A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis Theatre program and is thrilled to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Past technical positions include Technical Director/Production Manager at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, Production Manager at the Notre Dame Shakespeare Festival in South Bend, IN, and Technical Director at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, MA. "Thank you to Dan McCleary and Holly Lau for allowing me to come play!"
Heather Roberts (Journeyman Artist-Manager) is excited to be in her first season at TSC. She is a member of the Actors' Gang in Los Angeles, where she has performed in The Ghost Sonata, Harry Potter Hamlet, and The Queen Family's Very Special Holiday Special. Other theatre credits include Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (Ark Theatre Co.), Twelfth Night (a Noise Within), All's Well That Ends Well (Seattle Shakespeare Co.), Marat/Sade (Balagan Theatre), Dead Man's Cell Phone (International City Theatre), Little Women (Culver City Public Theatre), and Mame (5th Avenue Theatre). She holds a B.F.A. in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts.
Jerry Rogers (Snug in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is honored to be joining TSC in this production after working as a teaching artist with The Romeo and Juliet Project this spring. A native of Halls, TN, he holds a BA in music from Lane College, and studied musical theatre at the University of Memphis. Favorite theatre credits include Kiss Me Kate, We Live Here, Best of Enemies, The Color Purple, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Ragtime, all with Circuit Playhouse; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead, Chess, and The Threepenny Opera at the University of Memphis; and Porgy & Bess with Opera Memphis. He thanks Dan and Stephanie for this opportunity, and family and friends for their love and support.
Janet Roston+ (Director of Midsummer Night) as director/choreographer: Tonya and Nancy, The Rock Opera (American Repertory Theater, Boston; King King Nightclub, Hollywood), Midsummer Night (Lillian Theater, Hollywood; Texas New Musical Workshop), CarnEvil (Sacred Fools Theater), and Walk'n thru the Fire (Hayworth Theater). Janet is Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Rock Opera Company, director/choreographer for LA ROC productions: shAme (King King Nightclub), The Wanting (Highways), Possession (Unknown Theater), and Push Play (Highways). As a theatre choreographer: Tommy, East West Players; Psyche, A Modern Rock Opera, Greenway Court Theater; The Color Purple, Celebration Theatre (Choreography Awards: Ovation Award, NAACP Award, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award Nomination); Justin Love, Celebration Theatre (LADCC Award); Once on this Island, International City Theater (NAACP Nomination); Avenue X, Odyssey Theater (LA Weekly Award, Ovation Award Nomination). Janet has received two American Choreography Awards and is a proud alum of the Directors Lab.
Brian Ruggaber (Scenic/Props Designer for A Midsummer Night's Dream) is proud to return to Tennessee Shakespeare Company, having designed TSC’s Richard III and Twelfth Night this season, in partnership with the University of Memphis’s Department of Theatre and Dance. A recent transplant to Memphis, he is an award-winning scenic designer who currently heads the Scenic Design Program at the University of Memphis. He had designed scenery for over 130 productions including Opera, Drama, Musical Theatre, and Dance. Prior to joining UM’s faculty he was an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and an Associate Professor of Design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and has an MFA from The University of Massachusetts and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.
Blakely Saucier (Assistant Stage Manager for Richard III and Twelfth Night) is very excited to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company for the first time! She has previously worked as a stage manager for Theatre Memphis, the Orlando Repertory Theatre, the Sands Theater Company, and PCPA Theaterfest. Some of her favorite stage management credits include The Addams Family, Freckleface Strawberry, Shrek: The Musical, The Rivals, Hairspray, and The Phantom of the Opera. Blakely received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis.
William Shakespeare (Playwright) was probably a lot like you, regardless of your age. He was also a Revolutionary. He was born into an Age of alarming innovation and discovery in every field of study: voyage, religion, printing, science, commerce, history, disaster, and triumph. Just like you. There was revolution all around him. William was born into an Age of religious ambivalence, often with accompanying violence, and he received the usual education for a boy of the Age until he is 12 years old. He married an older woman, perhaps because they were pregnant first. And there are two periods in his early adult life that we know very little about. When he emerges in documentation, he is a player and a writer. But he doesn’t write like the others around him. He writes, using known stories, through the rhythm of his heart. You can hear it in his verse lines. He began to write his life into his plays: when his son Hamnet and father die, there is Hamlet; after his mother dies and England’s riots create domestic war, there is Coriolanus; after he falls in love with a dark-haired woman in the city, there are the Sonnets to his Dark Lady and all of his Rosalinds in As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet and Love’s Labor’s Lost; and when his daughters come of age, there are his final plays in which the daughters redeem their fathers. It is said he created the human being, which is to say he developed characters on stage with psychological underpinnings and fragile grace resulting in landmark joys or the end of lives. Like a genuine poet, he forces no answers upon us. He lends us timeless questions. William was a Revolutionary because he dared to question his life in a public forum. He discovered that which is most personal is shared by us all. It is collectively held and needs to be articulated and felt. In so doing, he redefined the function of theatre. His Age compelled and inspired him, just as our own Age can do for us.
Joey Shaw (Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Journeyman Artist-Manager) is so glad to be back in Memphis with TSC! He played Romeo and designed sound for TSC's mainstage Romeo and Juliet last year. He continues as an artist-manager this year, playing Romeo and music-directing in The Romeo and Juliet Project, and touring schools with TSC’s original show Shakespeare Said It!. Joey is also looking forward to conducting courses for TSC’s young players in the youth theatre training intensives this June. In his native Seattle, he has worked at Book-it Repertory Theatre (with TSC's Stephanie Shine), as well as Seattle Shakespeare Company, Greenstage, and the Horse in Motion. He holds a BA in Drama from the University of Washington, where he met the lovely Rachel Brun.
Stephanie Shine (Director of A Midsummer Night's Dream) 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, Stephanie serves as the annual Gala's Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons. From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, she 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.
Hannah Mae Sturges (Hermia in Midsummer Night) Before originating the role in Hollywood, Hannah Mae studied Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford. Earning her BFA in Acting from California State University Fullerton, she was a national finalist at the American College Theatre Festival and performed at the Kennedy Center in D.C. Past roles include Peter in Peter Pan, Bianca in The Taming of the Shrew, and Anne in The Diary of Anne Frank. You may have seen her in the Dell commercial: Center for Selfie Improvement. Look for her in the short film "Into the Sand," soon to be released.
G. Valmont Thomas* (Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream) plays at TSC for the first time. Seattle credits include The Cherry Orchard (dir. Dan Sullivan) at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Othello and Macbeth (dir. Arne Zaslove) at The Bathhouse Theatre, and The Illusion (with Stephanie Shine). His 13 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival included Macbeth (Macbeth), Falstaff (The Merry Wives of Windsor), Feste (Twelfth Night), and the Soothsayer (Antony and Cleopatra). Credits as an audiobook narrator include The Louisiana P.I. in James Sallis’ six-book Lew Griffin series, Ron Hansen’s award-winning The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and the late Manning Marable’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Malcolm X, Malcolm: A Life of Re-Invention.
Tracie Thomason (Olivia in Twelfth Night) is thrilled to be making her TSC debut. Regional: Rosalind in As You Like It, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Helena in All’s Well That Ends Well, Portia in The Merchant of Venice, Margery Pinchwife in The Country Wife, Alais in The Lion in Winter, Julia in The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Zenocia in The Custom of the Country, Blanche in King John, Anne Bullen in Henry VIII (American Shakespeare Center); Gabriella in Boeing, Boeing, Mariana in Measure for Measure (Utah Shakespeare Festival); Catherine Givings in In the Next Room or the vibrator play (Stages Repertory Theatre); Yelena in Uncle Vanya (Classical Theatre Company); Kate in The Taming of the Shrew, Desdemona in Othello (Houston Shakespeare Festival); Grace in Opus (American Stage Theatre Company); Mina in Dracula (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre). Website: www.traciethomason.com. Professional Actor Training Program and BA in Theatre, University of Houston. For Momma and Daddy, always.
John Leonard Thompson* (Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night) has performed in many plays on Broadway (most recently, Butley) and off-Broadway (Love, Janis, Sin, and shows with the Mint Theatre and the Negro Ensemble Company), internationally, the national tours of Angels in America and The Graduate, and at many theatres across the United States, including Syracuse Stage, Hartford Stage, Actors Theatre of Louisville (premieres: Jack and Jill, Reverse Transcription, and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom), Seattle Rep, Old Globe, Arena Stage, and Berkeley Rep, where he appeared in the premiere of Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play. On film, John’s work includes Guarding Tess, Killer, Soho They Call It, Empty Chairs, and Apache Moon. TV: The Good Wife, Elementary, The Blacklist, Zero Hour, All My Children, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Third Watch, Sesame Street, Summer Switch, The Shady Hill Kidnapping, and A Woman Named Jackie.
Jeff Thomson (Composer, The Oliver Experiment) is a recipient of the Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Award, as well as the Dramatist Guild Musical Theatre Writing Fellowship. His original musical Trails was performed at the Los Angeles and New York Musical Theatre Festivals, winning him the NYMF award for Best Music as well as the Stage Entertainment Development Award. Recently, Trails made its international debut in Tokyo, Japan. Other projects include the club musical adaptation of the cult film Jawbreaker, and the arena rock musical adaptation of the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume. He was commissioned by Broadway Across America to compose the score to the upcoming children's musical Madlibs Live!and was selected to write the music for an upcoming animated movie musical for Amazon Studios. He is currently developing two musical motion pictures. www.jeffthomsonmusic.com
Matthew Tyler* (Oberon in Midsummer Night) has been performing for stage and film since the age of ten. Favorite theatre credits include Chicago (Hollywood Bowl) directed by Brooke Shields, Phantom of the Opera in London's West End (Andre) directed by Hal Prince, Mamma Mia Broadway National Tour (Sam/Harry), The Rocky Horror Show European Tour (Brad/Frank N Furter), Hedwig and the Angry Inch (Hedwig), Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), The Last Five Years (Jamie), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Chauvelin), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Jasper). In his spare time, Matthew enjoys directing, writing, and performing his own cabarets.
Carey Urban* (Viola in Twelfth Night) is delighted to return to TSC and the Dixon, where she last appeared as Juliet in Romeo & Juliet in 2011. She also has played Juliet for the Sierra Repertory Theatre in CA and The American Globe in NYC. Other favorite credits include Cymbeline with Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Taming of the Shrew at Soho Rep, Cabaret with TriARTS, and West Side Story with Media Productions. Based in NYC, she is a 'repeat offender' with The Queen's Company (Twelfth Night, Much Ado, ...Shrew), and has appeared off-Broadway at The Flea Theatre, The Women's Project, The Fools' Theatre, and, most recently, in the world premiere of My Purple Wig on Theatre Row. On-screen credits include independent films Hands of Fate (currently touring festivals), Framed (a winner at the Toronto Film Festival), Chime of Destiny (currently in production), and commercials for Chevy, Jif, Burlington Coat Factory, and others. A native of Waynesboro, PA, Carey has trained and traveled extensively in the U.S. and Europe. Many thanks to Dan, Stephanie, Barbara, her family, the cast and company of TSC!
Gabriel Vaughan* (Orsino in Twelfth Night) is a founding member of TSC and is very happy to be back working with this remarkable company in this beautiful part of the South. Past TSC productions: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Themes from a Midsummer Night, The Tempest, and Hamlet. New York City theatre credits include: Ross, House of Desires, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Puptent Poets, The Master of Prayer, Members of the Tribe, King John, and The Winter’s Tale. Regional theatre credits include: Hamlet (Hamlet) with the American Stage Theatre Company, King John, A Tanglewood Tale and Much Ado About Nothing with Shakespeare & Company, Romeo & Juliet with Princeton Rep, Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, and Charlotte’s Web with the Maine Shakespeare Festival, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and The Tempest with the Hampshire Shakespeare Company. Film/TV credits include: Ripped!, Alto, Chasing Butterflies, Dear Edward, Master of the Kennel, Mona Lisa Smile, and As the World Turns. Gabriel is also an audiobook narrator. He has a degree in theatre from Sarah Lawrence College and has studied with BADA in London. Gabriel lives in Brooklyn with his wife Piper and cat Caroline.
Valerie Vigoda (Co-Author of Midsummer Night) balances writing with performing as an electric violinist-singer-actor. She has toured the world with Cyndi Lauper/Joe Jackson/the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and is about to release her solo live-looping project, "Just Getting Good." Musicals: Striking Twelve (NYC/regional), Sleeping Beauty Wakes (CTG/McCarter/La Jolla/5th Avenue), Wheelhouse (TheatreWorks), Toy Story: The Musical (Disney), Long Story Short (NYC/regional), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me (Balagan/Seattle Rep/ACT/George Street, now NYC-bound), Beautiful Poison (5th Avenue). Film: Four Tinker Bell movies (Disney). Awards: Jonathan Larson (2006/2008), LA Ovation (2007), ASCAP Richard Rodgers (2009), Broadway World Seattle Critics' Choice Award (2014).
Phil Darius Wallace*(Theseus/Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a native of Flint, Michigan. He began his acting career with the Michigan Shakespeare festival as Caliban in The Tempest. TSC: As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie, Hamlet, and The Taming of the Shrew. He has traveled around the country performing as a solo performer as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and Langston Hughes. TV: ABC's Nashville. Film: Nothing but the Truth. He is the voice of the documentary The Invaders, which is soon to be released, and he performed his one-man show on Frederick Douglass Off-Broadway this past winter.
Olivia Warfield (Company and Box Office Manager)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.
Edward Watts* (Swill Swindley in The Oliver Experiment) is currently starring as El Gallo in The Fantasticks at the Jerry Orbach theater in NYC. Broadway/NYC: Scandalous (Robert/David), It's a Bird..Plane..It's Superman (Superman) at Encores!, The Most Happy Fella (Joe) at the NYC Opera, Show Boat (Steve) at Lincoln Center, Transport (Delamare) at The Irish Rep. Tours: The Little Mermaid (King Triton), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Adam Pontipee), Beauty and the Beast (Gaston). Favorite regional: Roman Holiday (Joe Bradley) at The Guthrie, Les Miserables (Javert) at Dallas Theater Center, 1776 (Thomas Jefferson) at Goodspeed Opera, Funny Thing...Forum (Miles - Helen Hayes nomination for Best Supporting Actor) at The Shakespeare Theatre D.C. TV: "The Sopranos", "Rescue Me", "The Carrie Diaries", "All My Children". Proud member of Actors Equity Association. EdwardWatts.net
Stephanie Weeks* (Hippolyta/Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream) is thrilled to be making her Tennessee Shakespeare Company debut. She has performed at many regional theatres and Off-Broadway with Obie Award-winning companies, Target Margin and Hoi Polloi. Some of her favorite roles include Salima in Ruined, Belle in A Christmas Carol, Tituba in The Crucible, and Shark in Oh My God I’m So Thirst(y) (Innovative Theater nomination). Film: Ex-Doofus… dir: Melvin Van Peebles, Tribeca Film Festival. Training: London Academy of Music and Drama, MFA: American Conservatory Theater. For more: www.stephaniejweeks.com.
* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+ Member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.
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,
Founder and Producing Artistic 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
All’s Well That Ends Well
the 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 & Chip Apperson; John and Katherine Dobbs; Independent Bank; The McClearys
at Dixon Gallery & Gardens' Winegardner Auditorium
“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.
William Shakespeare's perfect wartime chronicle
in memory of Dan Copp
in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance
at the University of Memphis' Theatre Building
June 9-19, 2016
Ann & Wellford Tabor and Ernest & Pat Kelly
“we few, we happy few, we band of brothers”
Shakespeare’s rousing history crowns both young King Henry V as a warrior Legend and his rationale for waging war as a haunting moral ambiguity. In his youth, young Hal spent his days in a band of pick-pockets led by the derelict fat knight Falstaff. But having successfully defended his father-King in their country’s civil war, now King Henry decides France is his to take. He conquers superior numbers abroad with soaring orations and wins a princess without a tongue for French.
But at what cost?
At 10 minutes prior to each performance, Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary and/or the director will speak with the audience about the play and playwright.
Free Will Kids’ Nights are June 9 and 16: 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 performances (only $16) are June 9 and 10 at 7:00 pm. The opening night is June 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.
Free parking. Title/cast/schedule subject to change, with notice. Credit card charges require a $1 per-ticket processing fee. No refunds/exchanges.