Our Past Productions
Season Seven Productions
Tennessee Shakespeare Company Performance Season - 2014-15
|BY:||directed by David Demke and featuring Dan McCleary|
|VENUE:||Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138|
|DATES:||October 30, 31, and November 1, 2014 at 7:00 pm|
|TICKETS:||$33 adults; $28 Seniors, and $15 for students w/id; FREE for children 17 and younger when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian|
|ABOUT:||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.|
|TITLE:||Twelfth Night, the comedy by William Shakespeare|
|VENUE:||Dixon Gallery & Gardens/Winegardner Auditorium, 4339 Park Avenue, Memphis, TN 38117|
|DATES:||December 11-21, 2014|
|TICKETS:||$33 adults; $28 for Seniors/ $15 for Students w/id; FREE for children 17 and younger when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian|
|ABOUT:||William Shakespeare’s charming 1601 comedy is a topsy-turvy world of cross-dressing lovers, yellow cross-garters, and crossed identities. Inspired by the final days of Christmas, the winter solstice, and the Festival of Light, TSC celebrates the joy of the season with this uproarious music hall production.|
Tuesday Literary Salons
Kate Chopin: Louisiana Lullaby
Louisiana Lullaby - March 24, 2015
Young William Faulkner: Before the Fury - April 21, 2015
|TIMES:||7:00 pm Wednesday-Saturdays; 3:00 pm Sundays|
|TICKETS:||Tickets are $55 for one Salon or $100 for both, and include the entertainment, open bar, and appetizers.|
|ABOUT:||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.|
|TITLE:||A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the comedy by William Shakespeare|
|in partnership with The University of Memphis Department of Theatre and Dance|
|VENUE:||University of Memphis / Mainstage|
|DATES:||June 4-21, 2015|
Special abbreviated versions of the production will be presented for families on June 10 and 17 at 10:30 am for $10. Seating is general admission.
Free Will Kids’ Nights are June 4, 11, and 18: Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit: four children per guardian. Preview performances are June 4 and 5 at 7:00 pm.
During the time of year when our Earth tilts most toward the Sun, how ironic it is that the night should be so long in Shakespeare’s ode to mischief-making love.
The joy of the moonlit forest features the rocking ground of Oberon and his flower-squirting Puck, Titania and her donkey-headed Bottom, and Helena, Demetrius, Lysander, and Hermia who awake to both worlds with “parted eye.”
TSC's Administrative and Box Office is located at 3092 Village Shops Drive, Germantown, TN 38138 in the Shops of Forest Hill. Come by for a tour Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.
- Eating, drinking, smoking, and any photography or recording are not permitted in the theatre. Thank you.
- Attached to your e-mail confirmation receipt, you will see a highlighted option titled, "Print E-Ticket." Please print out these E-Tickets and bring them with you to gain admittance to the event.
- TSC's on-site Box Office opens one hour prior to the event start time. The house opens for seating one-half hour prior to event time. We ask that all patrons arrive at the theatre no later than fifteen minutes prior to event time, as we are unable to accommodate late seating.
- To purchase tickets at any other time, please come to TSC's administrative office located at 3092 Village Shops Drive Germantown, TN 38138.
- All seating is General Admission. Please alert the Box Office or House Management if you require any additional assistance or accommodations
- There are no refunds or exchanges.
Sponsored by Theatrical Rights Worldwide (NYC)
Presents its Third Musical in Development August 15 on the University of Memphis mainstage:
The Oliver Experiment
What if your entire life were a Broadway musical…and you had no clue?
Featuring Broadway’s Brightest Stars
Memphis, TN (July 27, 2015) – Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, presents its third and final developing musical reading on the U of M mainstage with The Oliver Experiment by Jeremy Desmon and Jeff Thomson on August 15 at 7:00 pm.
Actors’ Equity Association (AEA) was founded in 1913 as the first of the American actor unions. Equity’s mission is to advance, promote, and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Today, Equity represents more than 40,000 actors, singers, dancers, and stage managers working in hundreds of theatres across the United States. Equity members are dedicated to working in the theatre as a profession, upholding the highest artistic standards. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions and provides a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans for its members. Through its agreement with Equity, Tennessee Shakespeare Company has committed to the fair treatment of the actors and stage managers employed in this production. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. For more information, visit www.actorsequity.org.
Janice Benning Lacek (Costume Designer Twelfth Night and Dream) has been designing professionally across the U.S. and internationally for theatre, opera, and dance since 1987. Highlights include La Jolla Playhouse, A.C.T., Syracuse Stage, San Diego Rep, American University of Cairo, Egypt, and over 23 productions works by William Shakespeare with the Colorado, Utah, and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals. CSF’s Richard II was included by invitation in the US entry at the 1999 Prague Quadrennial. With TSC: Midsummer Night’s Dream 2009, Tempest 2010 (makeup designs), and costume design for Twelfth Night in 2014. Janice is a former resident designer and founding company member of Denver’s Curious Theatre Company. Mid-South audiences have also seen her work in recent years with Opera Memphis and Theatre Memphis. Janice has taught costume design at the University of Colorado at Boulder and Kenyon College. She joined the faculty of University of Memphis in 2007 with teaching specialties in costume design and technology.
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.
Crash Buist (Richmond/Rivers/Brakenbury/Archbishop/ensemble in Richard III; Maria in Twelfth Night) is very excited to be performing in his first show with Tennessee Shakespeare Company. This past summer, he appeared as Valentine in The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Houston Shakespeare Festival) and as Berowne in Love’s Labor's Lost (Charlotte Shakespeare Company). Other credits: Silvius/Charles in As You Like It, Menas/Diomedes in Antony and Cleopatra, Ross/Ketch in Our Country’s Good, the Bridegroom in Blood Wedding, Constantine in Big Love, Kent in reasons to be pretty, and the Doctors in Next to Normal. Crash has a BFA from Texas Tech University, and he recently completed his graduate training, receiving an MFA from the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Black with 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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.
Carey Urban* (Viola) 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.
Phil Darius Wallace* (Theseus/Oberon) 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.
Stephanie Weeks* (Hippolyta/Titania) 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.
Position: Company and Box Office Manager
Beginning: August 31, 2015
About Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Founded in 2008, TSC is the Mid-South's professional, classical theatre, education, and training organization. TSC produces in all three areas year-round throughout the Memphis area and the southeastern United States. It employs all of the performing arts unions and brings artists in from all over North America to perform and tour in four to six productions per year. Seeking to build its first physical home in the near future, TSC is in the midst of creating a New Home Committee that will shortly launch a capital campaign to that end. TSC performs, teaches, and works in multiple environmental spaces with an FY15 operating budget of nearly $720,000.
About the position
Reporting to and in partnership with the Producing Artistic Director, the Company/Box Office Manager will manage the daily administrative office, ensure contractual relationships with all contractors/employees, administer the grants process, sell show tickets and train others to do so, inspire and lead the company's volunteers, occasionally sell ads and solicit businesses for in-kind contributions, and be the face of the company at all points of contact outside TSC.
S/he will provide coordination, organization, social media skills, outstanding written communication and grammar skills, cleanliness, and on-time precision to office management.
Company Management responsibilities:
- Coordinating and running auditions for the Artistic Director.
- Coordinating housing and transportation for all out-of-town actors.
- Making sure all contracts, tax forms, and legal paperwork are in order.
- Troubleshooting actor care: any medical attention, transportation, financial, or housing issues that may arise.
- Working with Special Events on the cast's social calendar of dinner invitations.
- Organizing, managing, servicing food for each Invited Dress Rehearsal.
- Coordinating existing Groundlings volunteers for specific projects.
- Create grants calendar and alerts for supervisors.
- Liaisoning with and administration/filing of grants to corporations, foundations, and state/federal governments.
- Administration of acknowledgment correspondence and filing for donors.
- Monitoring office supplies and a 'to purchase' list for supplies, including all printed goods.
- Troubleshooting any phone, internet, or printer problems and provide administrative assistant duties.
- Specific duties as may arise from administration of Gala.
- Liaison with any vendors or contracts as related to office needs.
- Administer social media campaigns and content in enotes/website/facebook/twitter (without needing, necessarily, to supply the copy/content).
- Managing merchandise inventory, sales, and records.
- Ensuring the office is clean and orderly.
- Any other special assignments deemed necessary by the Producer.
Box Office Management responsibilities:
- Ensuring the Box Office is covered Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, and for restricted hours on weekends and during productions.
- Managing Tix.com and the TSC website to reflect current tickets available and discounts.
- Taking day-to-day sales and questions from the general public.
- Specific duties as may arise from administration of Gala.
- Maintaining accurate Box Office records for audit purposes.
- Setting up and breaking down and supervision of any on-site box office, including training any needed volunteers.
- Providing accurate, daily Box Office and Front-of-House reporting.
- Promoting special offers or discounts through a variety of media.
- Cultivating group sales possibilities.
Candidate must have a working automobile, valid driver's license, and auto insurance.
Candidate must be willing to handle flexible hours, including occasional work on nights and weekends during production.
This position is full-time, 40+ hours per week based on 9am-5pm Monday-Friday, and reviewable after one year. Salary will reflect experience within range of $34,000-$40,000 plus health/dental plan coverage, of which TSC pays a portion after a mutually agreeable, initial three-month trial period. Paid days off are accrued weekly up to twelve (12) days per contractual year, plus select paid Holidays.
Qualified applicants should send a cover letter outlining interest, experience, and potential fit for the position along with a resume that includes a history of not-for-profit or commercial success to Dan McCleary at [email protected] No phone calls, please. We thank all applicants for their interest; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Tennessee Shakespeare Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, national origin, color, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status. Only qualified candidates need apply.