Our Past Productions

The Mission

Dan McCleary

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a professional, 501(c)(3) theatre and education organization which performs the plays of William Shakespeare seasonally outdoors and indoors with partnering organizations; performs classical and Southern writers seasonally indoors and outdoors; provides innovative year-round educational and training programming; and will produce a Southern-centric new play festival: Southern Exposure.

The Vision

To create and sustain a classical theatre that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to exaltation, curiosity, and wonderment; a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering our faith in life by increasing our awareness of reality and expanding our imagination through an emphasis on the performance, education, and training of William Shakespeare’s works.

The Values

The performance of William Shakespeare’s plays demands our exploration of society, government, psychology, education, philosophy, athleticism, and spirituality in pursuit of humanity’s question of the heart:

How can I serve the world with my life?

In the office, on the stage, at home, in the classroom, on the streets of Memphis, the following values unify our company of artist-managers:

  • We believe language and the actor are at the center of artistic creativity
  • We believe that artistic creativity awakens our innate compassion
  • We believe the arts speak a universal language, integral to positive change in the world and the individual
  • We believe our multi-ethnicity should reflect the universality of Shakespeare’s plays and our community
  • We believe every member of our company should be treated with equal respect and generosity of spirit, compensated with a living wage, and made to feel safe at all times
  • We believe in open, honest communication
  • We believe in the pursuit of excellence in our work
  • We believe in taking reasonable risks, supporting creative failure, and inspiring artistic courage
  • We believe in contributing positively to our local community and our natural environment
  • We believe that fiscal responsibility is essential to our artistic success

Open Call for Applications to Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager Program

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is now accepting letters of intent for its 2013-14 performance season in Germantown/Memphis, TN.

One male and one female artist-manager from the United States will be selected as resident journeymen.

Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Read more: Open Call for Applications for Salaried Journeyman Artist-Manager Program

Richard III

pic-poster-richard-IIIthe tragedy by William Shakespeare

directed by David Demke
and featuring Dan McCleary

GPAC/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

October 30, 31, and November 1, 2014
at 7:00 pm

Sponsored by Ann and Wellford Tabor

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 “I shall despair.  There is no creature loves me,
And if I die, no soul will pity me.”

Only THREE special Halloween performances!

TSC’s production of William Shakespeare’s early Morality Play raises history from the dead to put the notorious King Richard III on trial before you and the spirit world.  

Unearthed from a buried Friary just two years ago in Leicester, England, the painfully deformed 1485 skeleton of Richard now is brought to frightening life in a cadaver synod during which his murderous actions to the throne are reconsidered during the reverence of All Hallow’s Eve.  A soul still wandering between this life and the next, history’s notorious “bottled spider” has much more he would like for you to consider before passing final judgment on his actions that gained him the throne but have haunted him ever since.

David Demke (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) returns to TSC to direct the production with a stellar cast of eight actors, including the return of Caley Milliken, (TSC’s Ariel, Marc Antony, Lady Capulet, and Peaseblossom), Paul Kiernan (TSC’s Petruchio), Johnny Lee Davenport (TSC’s Prospero, Oberon, and Othello), and Artistic Director Dan McCleary as the “bunch-back’d toad.”

The creative team includes costumer Bruce Bui (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet), lighting designer Jeremy Fisher (Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Unto the Breach), and scenic designer Brian Ruggaber (University of Memphis, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey).

Free Will Kids’ Night is in effect for all performances: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian.  Limit: four children per guardian.  Seating is general admission.

Cast:

Rachel Brun (Lady Anne/Gray/Lovell)

Crash Buist (Richmond/Brakenbury/Rivers)

MaConnia Chesser* (Duchess/King Edward/Catesby)

Johnny Lee Davenport* (Hastings/Tyrell/Norfolk)

Craig Wesley Divino* (Buckingham/Dorset/Herbert)

Paul Kiernan* (Clarence/Stanley/Blunt)

Dan McCleary* (Richard III)

Caley Milliken* (Queen Elizabeth/Mayor/Ratcliffe)

 

Production Team:

David Demke+ (director)

Bruce Bui (costume designer)

Brian Ruggaber (scenic designer)

Jeremy Fisher (lighting designer)

Melissa A. Nathan* (stage manager)

Blakely Saucier (assistant stage manager)

Oliver Crawford (2nd asst. stage manager/swing)

 

* Member, Actors’ Equity Association

+ Member, Society of Stage Directors

 

Broadway's most glorious soprano Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala for Education

(December 4, 2014) -- We are thrilled to announce that three-time Tony Award nominee Rebecca Luker will headline TSC's Sixth Annual Valentine's Gala performed at Germantown Performing Arts Center on February 14, 2015.

Ms. Luker's intimate hour-long show to benefit TSC's education program will feature her Broadway and Jerome Kern songbooks as well as stories from her fabled 30-year career.

Read more: Rebecca Luker to Headline Sixth Annual Valentine’s Gala for Education

Tuesday Literary Salons

Kate Chopin: Louisiana Lullaby

pic-poster-chopin
March 24, 2015

sponsored by Nancy and Dan Copp

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TSC’s Southern Exposure Series features a fun-filled literary party from 6:00-8:00 pm, including writer-specific libations, light fare, live music, and 30 minutes of the words of one of the South’s influential writers in a private, luxurious Memphis home.

Pioneering author Kate Chopin is featured on March 24, 2015, in Louisiana Lullaby.  Accompanied by the music of New Orleans and the bayous, the words from her prolific short story career in Louisiana in the late 19th Century set the mood for selections from her most explosively famous novel, The Awakening.  Though considered a forerunner of the feminist movement in literature, her seminal work was not fully appreciated until well after her death.

Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and appetizers.