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Actors May Now Apply for The Memphis Shakespeare Weekend Intensive

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is now accepting applications for its Memphis Shakespeare Weekend Intensive, running July 24 - 26, hosted by the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance.

Click here for the Application/Deposit form.  Only 7 more participant slots are available.

The Schedule

Friday, July 24 from 6pm - 10pm
Saturday, July 25 from 10am - 10pm
Sunday, July 26 from 10am - 4pm. 

Adequate time is allotted for meal breaks.

Is This for You?

This work is designed to serve both professional and aspiring actors, age 21 and older, who want to speak Shakespeare with clarity, skill, and passion.  The Intensive is strategically limited to 12 participants to ensure that everyone receives personal coaching and attention.

What is the Intensive Training?

Exercises in Linklater voice, Alexander and Trish Arnold movement, and text work based on John Barton's work and Neil Freeman's First Folio research, will be used to free up breath, voice, impulses, imagination, and the actor's intelligence.  Individual monologue coaching will focus on developing a personal, passionate connection to Shakespeare's text.  Participants can expect to leave the Intensive personally enriched and enlightened.

Read more: Memphis Shakespeare Training Intensive


The Groundlings need your expertise, your volunteerism, and your good ideas.  You can be so valuable to this regional effort to bring professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training programming to the Mid-South.

Ultimately, you will be the “be all and the end all” as our supportive audience member.  But we have work to do first in order to get you into your seat!  Are you a people-person?  Are your organizational skills envied by all?  Do you just like to play in the woods, and think a "clean up the park day" is something for you?


How We Play

The Groundlings leadership meets monthly to organize ushers, plan parties, create special opportunities for the company members and other Groundlings, and spread the word about TSC performances and Summer Camps with posters and fliers all over Memphis.

More Than Thanks!

Tennessee Shakespeare Company appreciates every volunteer and the time and good ideas you bring to the company as it grows.  In addition to genuine thanks from the Board of Directors, casts, and staff of TSC, every volunteer receives:

* A complimentary ticket to the current or next production,

* In addition to being the first to see the show at an invitation-only final dress rehearsal.

* There are also parties, special private event invitations, more parties, and the chance to connect to other people in your community who are excited to bring professional, classical theatre to the Mid-South.


Join the Fun!

Recently, the Groundlings hung posters all over the greater-Memphis area recruited and organized Ushers for TSC's outdoor production of Romeo and Juliet.  Groundlings were there to welcome the Romeo and Juliet actors to town with a dinner party, help with Opening Night celebrations, and enjoy preview performances and picnics.

As TSC prepares for the Shakespeare Summer Camps and starts looking towards Season Four in the fall, possible areas of interest for Groundlings activities may include: Ushering, Special Events, Auction Procurement, Postering, Actor Care, IT Assistance, General Interest, and any of your good ideas that we haven't thought of yet!  Just let us know what you are interested in, and we'll find a place for you to plug in to Tennessee Shakespeare Company.

Read More about the different Committees, or Apply Now to join the fun!

Questions?  Contact Stephen Huff  at [email protected].

Tennessee Shakespeare Company Announces
Open Enrollment for its Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps Held at the University of Memphis in June

Dynamic Theatre Training for Youth

summer-camp-enrollmentMemphis, TN (March 26, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre and education organization, is offering two unique, immersive Shakespeare Training Camps to be held for the first time on the campus of the University of Memphis this June.

TSC's Shakespeare Training Camps are open to students entering Grades 6-12. The one-week camp (The Play's The Thing: June 8-12) explores Shakespeare's As You Like It and is ideal for participants with little or no theatre experience. The cost per participant of the one-week camp is $250. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

The two-week camp (Young Players Training Intensive: June 15-26) is ideal for participants with a little more theatre experience. The cost per participant of the two-week camp is $500. Lunches are available for an additional charge.

Both camps run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday; and both camps are already one-third full. The final scene-sharings for each camp will be played on the Mainstage in the Theatre Building. Camp sessions will be held in the adjacent Communication and Fine Arts Building at the University of Memphis.

Read more: TSC Announces Open Enrollment for its Sixth Annual Shakespeare Training Camps

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TSC Groundlings Volunteer Committees and Chairs

Admin., Postering, and Box Office Committee

Chair: Mary Donald

  • Admin: Marketing, research, assisting with mailings, and maintaining professional contacts in the community and in the state.
  • Box Office: Phone answering, in-office and on-site ticket and merchandise sales.
  • Help get the word out about TSC performances through distribution of advertising posters and postcards.

Front-of-House Committee

  • Front-of-House and lobby area set-up, greeting and directing patrons, assisting disabled audience members, ushering for public performances or Student Matinees, communicating audience delays, placing "Reserved" signs on the latecomer seats closest to the door to prevent distraction of the audience, merchandise sales, and overseeing concession stand.

Host Committee

  • TSC brings many artists in from around the country.The Host Committee helps with locating housing hosts for the actors, transporting actors to and from the airport upon arrival and departure, providing hospitality for actors, and sending ‘Thank You’ to house hosts after season close.

Production Committee

  • (Pre-production) set construction, set painting, set and prop acquisition, costumes, hair & makeup, directed assistance in lighting, sound, stage hands, general assistance (taking notes, running errands).
  • (Post-production) striking the set, packing and storing of set, props, and costumes, clean-up.

Special Events/Gala Committee

  • Act in support of TSC’s Board of Director’s Special Events Coordinator,in the following areas:planning and staffing TSC’s monthly dinner events, company and opening night parties, annual gala, and finding new opportunities for public interaction with TSC.

College Liaison

  • Connect TSC to college classes, clubs, and groups in support of Groundlings projects, special events, and ticket discounts.