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TSC Brings to the GPAC Stage Stephanie Shine, Dan McCleary, Susanna Perry Gilmore, Barry Gilmore For the First Production of the Sixth Season: Unto the Breach! The Un-Common Courage of William Shakespeare

(Memphis, TN, August 13, 2013) – – Tennessee Shakespeare Company (TSC), the Mid-South’s professional classical theatre, presents an original production of Unto the Breach! The Un-Common Courage of William Shakespeare on stage September 7 at 7:30 pm and September 10 at 7:00 pm at Germantown Performing Arts Center to benefit the restoration of classical education programming to the Company’s community schoolrooms.

 Arranged and performed by TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary and resident actor/Education Director Stephanie Shine, Unto the Breach! will also feature the Memphis return of violinist Susanna Perry Gilmore (formerly with Memphis Symphony Orchestra, now concertmaster with the Omaha Symphony) and Barry Gilmore on guitar, hammered dulcimer, and percussion.

In addition to the September 7 and 10 public performances, the Benefit will play a special all-school matinee on September 10 at 7:00 pm with discounted school tickets made possible by TSC’s sponsors. A talk-back with the actors and musicians will follow the performance.

Children 17 years and younger will be admitted FREE for both public performance when accompanied by a paying, attending guardian. Limit four per guardian.

Benefit tickets are $30, and seating is general admission. Press Opening is September 7 at 7:30 pm. General Admission tickets may be purchased now at (901) 759-0604 or www.tnshakespeare.org.

Generous Benefit sponsors include The Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund, ArtsMemphis, Nancy and Dan Copp, Germantown Performance Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, Independent Bank, Milton T. Schaeffer, and the family of Margaret and Owen B. Tabor.

Actors McCleary and Shine (Gertrude in TSC’s acclaimed Hamlet), a real-life married couple, share the stage for the first time together in this fun and moving 90-minute performance that explores the courage of William Shakespeare through his plays’ characters: the courage of the heart, of conviction, of creativity, and of forgiveness. McCleary and Shine have more than 55 collective years of playing Shakespeare on stage, including more than 30 major/title roles.

The Gilmores, also a real-life married couple, are founding members of TSC, having performed in the inaugural productions of As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. They have performed in their own Celtic band, Planet Reel, for many years, with Mrs. Gilmore long-acclaimed for her virtuoso work on the violin for more than two decades in symphonic and chamber orchestras.

Live Celtic and classical music will weave together scenes from King Lear, As You Like It, The Winter’s Tale, Much Ado About Nothing, Coriolanus, Macbeth, The Merchant of Venice, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Henry V.

 “When TSC lost substantial funding for our education programming in the classrooms for this year, we put the call out to our patrons and friends to lend us their support as they could,” explains McCleary. “Our elected officials and TSC received over 200 letters and calls of support. Scores of supporters showed at City Hall to speak on TSC’s behalf. Our friends at ArtsMemphis lept into the breach with us, and then the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest recognized TSC as one of just 40 theatre companies in the United States as having an education and performance program worthy of receiving a substantial matching grant. This was deeply heartening and very helpful, but we still need additional funds to ensure we can provide a substantial level of education service in our community. That’s when we came up with the idea for a benefit performance inspired by our supporters. Courage was the theme.

“It is true that we have fought mightily for our funding to be sustained, but in hearing children speak on our behalf and in observing the quiet grace and steely resolve of so many supporters, I was reminded of Shakespeare’s many faces of courage. It isn’t just the courage to fight. Sometimes he examines the courage it takes to shift one’s philosophy, to admit a wrong, to break rules in order to create something new, to will a thing into being, and to forgive others. So, this piece will benefit our education restoration, but we also hope it will be a reminder to all of us of how courage can be a revolutionary force. We also plan on it being a fun and light evening, especially with Susanna and Barry returning to play with us live on stage. The text will share the space with music that is beautiful, traditional, and enlivening.”

 

Who’s Who

Bruce Bui (Costume Designer) designed TSC’s 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 Live Radio Play, Rebel Shakespeare and His Women, and Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.  Originally from Southern California, Bruce now lives in Memphis and is going into 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, and have been praised as “dazzling” by Critical Dance Magazine, and a “Master of Chiffon” by The Commercial Appeal.  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.  Some of his specialty garments can be seen on Mrs. Tennessee for Mrs. America 2005, At Home Tennessee Magazine’s featured wedding issue 2007, and The Memphis Mystic Krew 2005 court.  Bruce also has worked on several commercials in the Mid-South. 

Jeremy Allen Fisher (Lighting Designer) is the Resident Lighting Designer for Theatre Memphis and a graduate of Oklahoma City University with a BFA in Lighting Design. He has worked for Santa Fe Opera, Busch Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and Northern Oklahoma College. Jeremy was recently nominated for an Ostrander Award for best lighting design, Chicago, the Musical at Theatre Memphis, and placed first runner-up for the National Barbizon Lighting Award (2011) for his lighting design of A Streetcar Named Desire.

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.

Barry Gilmore (Musician) is a founding member of TSC and is the Middle School Head at Hutchison School.  In addition to performing in the Celtic ensemble Planet Reel on guitar, hammered dulcimer, and other traditional instruments, he and his wife Susanna arranged, composed, and performed music for TSC's premiere production of As You Like It.  Before entering administration, Barry was an English teacher for nearly 20 years.  He served as president of the Tennessee Council of Teachers of English and has won awards for teaching from the National Council of Teachers of English, the Tennessee Holocaust Commission, and was named a Star American Teacher by the U.S. Department of Education.  He is also the author of seven books for teachers and students. 

Susanna Perry Gilmore (Violinst) is a founding member of TSC, having composed, arranged, and performed music for As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She joined the Omaha Symphony in 2011 as concertmaster, a position she previously held for fifteen years with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her orchestral role, Susanna enjoys a multifaceted career as a solo artist and chamber musician in performances across the nation. She has frequently been heard on National Public Radio in chamber ensembles on shows such as Performance Today, A Prairie Home Companion, and America’s Music Festivals. She was twice named Premier String Player by the regional chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, served as Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Violin at the University of Memphis, and has served as the Valade Violin Fellow at the Interlochen SummerArts Program for the past six years. She has also taught and performed at the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the Hot Springs Music Festival, and the Grand Canyon Music Festival, and was a fellow at the Tanglewood and Norfolk Music Festivals.  Susanna played a fundamental role in creating and directing a new music series for the Memphis Symphony, Opus One, which garnered national attention for its creative collaborations between symphony ensembles and jazz, rock, folk, blues, and hip-hop artists from the Memphis community. She also recently appeared in both dramatic and musical roles in the film, Narcissus, filmed on location in Lithuania. Susanna earned her Bachelor’s degree in music from Oxford University, England. As a post-graduate, she spent a year in the Advanced Solo Studies Program at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied with violinist Yfrah Neaman; she then received her Master’s degree in Violin Performance from New England Conservatory in Boston under the instruction of James Buswell. Prior to her studies in England, Ms. Gilmore studied with Christian Teal at the Blair School of Music and Mimi Zweig at Indiana University.

Kristen Greene (Properties Designer) is excited to be involved in her second season with TSC. Previously, she has worked on The Tempest, The Glass Menagerie, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and It’s a Wonderful Life. Kristen is currently the stage manager and production coordinator for Ballet Memphis. She has a BFA in stage management from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, and she also studied at Shakespeare’s Globe in London.

Dan McCleary+* (Actor) 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) and The Glass Menagerie; and he directed TSC’s acclaimed Hamlet, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, 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 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 serves on the City of Germantown’s Telecommunications Committee, and holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University.

Stephanie Shine* (Actor) TSC directorial work includes It’s a Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Southern Yuletide , Romeo and Juliet, and The Rebel Shakespeare and His Women.  During her 18 years with Seattle Shakespeare Company, 13 as Artistic Director, she directed 17 productions, including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew. A well-known actress in the Northwest, Stephanie has performed for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT, The Empty Space, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild.  Regionally, she appeared with the Oregon and New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals, Houston’s Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and NYC’s Theatre for a New Audience.  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.

+ Member of The Society of Directors and Choreographers, Inc., an independent national labor union.

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

 

Box Office and Performance Season Information

Box Office: General Admission tickets are on sale now, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm at TSC’s office located at 2260 West Street, Germantown, TN 38138; by calling 901-759-0604, or by going on-line to www.tnshakespeare.org (Twitter: @tnshakespeare).

 All performances: $30.

Free Will Kids’ Nights: Available both nights. Children are admitted FREE with a paying, attending guardian. Limit four per guardian.

Discounts available for seniors, students, and groups of 20.

Opening Night on September 7 includes complementary post-show dessert and champagne toast with the actors.

Notes: All seats are general admission. No refunds or exchanges. Title and cast subject to change. Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts and education organization. GPAC is located at 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138

 

Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a professional 501(c)(3) theatre and education organization which performs the plays of William Shakespeare indoors and outdoors seasonally; performs classical and Southern writers seasonally; and provides year-round educational and training programming. Now in its sixth season, Tennessee Shakespeare Company seeks to sustain a Mid-South classical theatre that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to exaltation, curiosity, and wonderment; be a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering faith in life by increasing awareness of reality and expanding imagination through an emphasis on the performance, education, and training of William Shakespeare’s works.

 

At-a-Glance

"Unto the Breach! The Un-Common Courage of William Shakespeare"

by Dan McCleary and Stephanie Shine

performing at Germantown Performing Arts Center/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall, 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, TN 38138

Saturday, September 7 at 7:30 pm and Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm, 2013

Tickets are $30 adults; 20% discount for Seniors/Students; FREE for children 17 and younger when accompanied by a paying/attending guardian

Box Office is (901) 759-0604 and www.tnshakespeare.org

Featuring Dan McCleary and Stephanie Shine in an effort to restore live professional Shakespeare to our community’s classrooms, this Benefit performance showcases through his plays Shakespeare’s courage of the heart, conviction, creativity, and redemption.

 

 

News

  • New Permanent Year-Round Home for TSC
  • New Germantown Municipal School District Partnership
  • New Company d and Memphis VA Partnerships
  • The Comedy of Errors
  • Our 10th Anniversary Gala

We have Purchased the Former Ballet Memphis Property to Create the State’s First Permanent, Year-Round Home for Professional Shakespeare Performance, Education, and Training in Memphis

pic newhome tsc2017(August 31) -- Tennessee Shakespeare Company today announced it has purchased the former facility and property of Ballet Memphis located at 7950 Trinity Road in Memphis as its first, permanent home. 

The announcement was made by Dan McCleary, the company’s founder and Producing Artistic Director; Owen B. Tabor, the company’s Board President for the past six years; and E. Frank Bluestein, the company’s founding Executive Director.

With this acquisition, Tennessee Shakespeare Company is preparing to create the first and only permanent, year-round home for professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training in the state of Tennessee.

TSC purchased the 18,484 square foot facility outright from Ballet Memphis for $1,900,000.  There is no mortgage. 

TSC, now beginning its tenth anniversary season, expects to begin interior renovation this year and be completed in Spring 2018.

The renovation will focus on modifying existing dance studios into a state-of-the-art, professional, flexible theatre for seating up to 200 patrons, as well as a spacious Education Wing.  The public lobby, restrooms, and support areas for the theatre also will be modified.

Centrally located to all of Shelby County just north of Walnut Grove Road, between Germantown Road and the northeast corner of Shelby Farms Park, the unique glass-and-steel facility will house all of TSC’s operations under one roof:  performances, training, education, administrative offices, storage, costume shop, scene shop, and commercial kitchen.  The facility was constructed in 1998, and an addition was built in 2012.  It affords parking for nearly 70 cars.

TSC and Ballet Memphis, longtime arts colleagues whose artistic staffs have collaborated over the years, entered into a Purchase & Sale Agreement in late June.  The sale represents one Memphis not-for-profit arts organization selling to another for re-use of a special purpose building.  TSC’s agent was W. Cary Whitehead III of Boyle Investment Company.

For the last nine years, TSC has created site-specific/environmental Shakespeare and classical productions, both indoors and outside, throughout Shelby County, partnering with long-time friends Dixon Gallery & Gardens, the University of Memphis, St. George’s Church, Shelby Farms Park, Germantown City Hall, Poplar Pike Playhouse, Hutchison School, and Germantown Performing Arts Center.

“This is an important moment in Memphis performing arts,” said Dr. Tabor.  “We have researched more than 50 sites in the last few years, and the former Ballet property is perfect for our needs and for what our audiences say they would like.  The Ballet’s new home in Overton Square is so impressive, and they have been wonderful to work with during this transaction.  We wish them tremendous success.  We appreciate that this special building is the launch pad for exciting futures for two important arts groups in Memphis.

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Announcing a New, Multi-Year Partnership with the Germantown Municipal School District for Cutting-Edge Classical Curriculum for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

pic germantown partnership1Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the Germantown Municipal School District today announced a unique, multi-year education partnership that will bring immersive, cutting-edge Shakespeare curriculum to life for every student in grades five, seven, and nine.

Starting with this school year, all GMSD fifth and seventh grade students will participate in an introductory, immersive playshop to prepare and excite them for experiencing a full, live performance of TSC’s self-created production of Shakes, Rattle, and Roll.  The show pays tribute to our hometown heritage, creatively linking the signature music of Memphis to the works of Shakespeare that could have inspired them.

All ninth grade students will be treated to TSC’s nationally-acclaimed Romeo and Juliet Project, a four-part interactive residency that concludes with an intimate and riveting live performance of Romeo and Juliet.

The Project, originally launched at Germantown High School seven years ago and now operating in many Shelby County Schools, transforms classrooms into playing spaces to change students' expectations and reception of the material. The residency begins with three sessions that engage the students in playing three different parts of the play.  The positive impact on the students’ grades, compassion level, engagement in continued exploration of classical texts, and their rehearsed ability to walk away from potentially life-threatening situations in their own lives has proven quantifiable and remarkable in the scores of schools in which TSC has taught over the past eight years. 

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New, Exciting TSC Partnerships with Company d and the Memphis VA, and Expanding Programs with Jail East and Hope Academy

“TSC gives them models to express their feelings, which they probably have never done.  For maybe the first time in their lives, they think about the world around them and their role in the community.”

- Joyce Anderson, Juvenile Manager, Shelby County Sheriff's Office

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Hope Academy residency participants

We are thrilled to announce new partnerships between TSC and Company d and the Memphis Veterans Administration Medical Association.  Also this month (August), we are happily expanding our Shakespeare programs for adjudicated youth at both Jail East and Hope Academy.

TSC is spending August in residence with Company d.  Nationally recognized, Company d is a dance company of young adults with Down syndrome under the artistic direction of choreographer Darlene Winters.  Founded in 2001, Company d is committed to inspire, empower, and teach individuals with Down syndrome who have an inherent aptitude for the performing arts.

TSC Education Manager Carmen-maria Mandley and TSC Education artists guide participants through the tumultuous world of Romeo and Juliet.  Using movement and text, the dancers are immersed in Shakespeare's images and encouraged to discover their personal connection with the characters of the play.

"Company d dancers are having a dynamic experience with TSC this week,” says Winters, Company d founder and Artistic Director.  “The play and its language are being brought to life with interactive methods.  The partnership with Tennessee Shakespeare Company is the first partnership with a theatre company in this region.  I am so excited about this new and unique experience for individuals with Down syndrome, which will enrich artistic growth and expand cultural literacy skills."

Also in August, TSC begins working with veterans at the Memphis VA Medical Association. This program brings together service veterans with theatre practitioners to use the plays of Shakespeare in addressing combat-related traumatic and re-integration issues. The model, created by the Feast of Crispian Project in Milwaukee, WI, was created to strengthen the personal psychological resources available to service veterans - especially those with post-deployment health issues - through the practice and skills of theatre combined with the timeless themes and imagistic language of Shakespeare.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company
presents its first Mainstage production of madcap
The Comedy of Errors

in partnership with the University of Memphis’
Department of Theatre & Dance
June 8-18

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Joey Shaw (Antipholus of Syracuse) and Blake Currie (Dromio of Syracuse).

Tennessee Shakespeare Company, in partnership with the University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance, presents William Shakespeare’s madcap, joyous The Comedy of Errors on the U of M’s Theatre Mainstage from June 8-18.

Featuring a professional cast of actor-musicians and directed by Shakespeare & Company co-founder Tony Simotes, the production sets Shakespeare’s shortest, wildest play in the exotic and dangerous Greece of 1600.

The story features two sets of identical twins, who, along with their parents, were separated shortly after birth on the high seas.  Now, more than 20 years later, Antipholus (the master) and Dromio (his servant) come to a new land that is hostile to foreigners.  Little do they know, their father, chasing after them, is imprisoned and faces execution at sunset for crossing the border unless he can find someone to pay his bail.  And little do they know, their identical twin brothers live here!  It makes for the funniest, most bizarre day in the country until a final familial revelation changes everyone’s lives forever.

Returning to TSC as the Antipholus twins are Joey Shaw (Romeo; King in All’s Well That Ends Well; Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Colton Swibold (title role in Henry V last year).  Returning as the clowning Dromio servants are Nic Picou and Blake Currie (both from Henry V).

Making her TSC debut as Antipholus’ wife Adrianna is U of M alum Claire Hayner, and returning to play her sister Luciana is Rachel Brun (Juliet; Lady Anne in Richard III; Antonio in Twelfth Night; Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

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Save the Date for Our 10th Anniversary Gala

We are saving a table for YOU to join us for our 10th Anniversary Season Gala!  Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 7, 2018, when we bring you a celebratory evening of performance and dinner in the beautiful ballroom of the Memphis Hilton.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is generously supported by:

Boyle         FedEx         Tennessee Arts Commission

International Paper             University of Memphis  logo-arts-memphis



     First Tenneessee Foundation    

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Individual Season Sponsors:

Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund; Nancy Copp; Ernest, Pat, Martha, and Marian Kelly; Milton T. Schaeffer; The Family of Owen and Margaret Tabor;
Ann and Wellford Tabor.

Season Partners:

Boyle Investment Company, Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Hutchison School, Shelby County Schools, St. George’s Church, The University of Memphis’ Department of Theatre & Dance

Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a proud member of:
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