Our Past Productions

2017-18 Board of Directors

Barbara B. Apperson, the generous host of TSC's inaugural outdoor performance component and mother of three, is a long-time resident of Shelby County and an active member of St. George's Episcopal Church. Mrs. Apperson served on the Board of Directors of the Samaritan Counseling Center and the Junior League of Memphis.  She is the namesake of TSC's "Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund," whose mission is to bring as many Mid-South children to Shakespeare as possible.

E. Frank Bluestein (Ex-officio, non-voting) is the Executive Producer of the Tennessee Arts Academy, Founder and Chairman of Germantown High School's Fine Arts Department, and Executive Producer of the Emmy Award-winning Germantown Community Television. He is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In 1998, USA Today named Mr. Bluestein one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He has served on arts advisory panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, College Board Arts Advisory Committee, Council of Chief State School Officers, and Tennessee Arts Commission. A frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues, Mr. Bluestein is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance.

Rhea Clift has served as a prosecuting attorney in Memphis since 1991. She is currently the facilitator of The Shakespeare Readers, a group of Shakespeare lovers who have met weekly for four years to read Shakespeare together. She is a life-long member of St. George's Episcopal Church and is serving her third term on the Vestry. She has supported Tennessee Shakespeare Company since its inception by selling concessions at the first performance, taking tickets, preparing the post-performance receptions, and working as the "kitchen wench" at the cast parties. Ms. Clift graduated from The Hutchison School and Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt, she earned degrees in English and Art History. During her Junior year, she studied at Leeds University. She graduated from the University of Memphis with a Juris Doctorate.

Dr. Anne White Connell has served as Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Assistant Professor of French at LeMoyne-Owen College, as well as a French teacher at Southside High School and St. George’s Episcopal School.  With the Vean Foundation from 2004-07, she was involved with the inception of “Peer Power Program” at East High School in Memphis, which trained upperclassmen to tutor the underclassmen.  And Anne was the program chairperson of theTuesday Study Club from 2009-10.  From the University of Mississippi, she has her B.A. in French, M.Ed. in secondary education, M.A. in French, and Ph.D. in Secondary Education.

Nancy Copp has served on the Board of Directors of the Crippled Children's Hospital, Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis Academy of Arts, and St. George's Episcopal Day School. Mrs. Copp also founded and served on the Board of Memphis House, a drug-rehabilitation facility. In Maine, she was associated with the Prouts Association, the Prouts Neck Run Centennial Celebration, and the Winslow Homer Studio.

Blanche Deaderick, a Memphis and Shelby County teacher for 39 years, was named Teacher of the Year for Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, and the Germantown Community.  She was twice named Tennessee Council for Social Studies Outstanding Teacher, and in 2007 was named to the Tennessee Teacher Hall of Fame.  A graduate of Leadership Memphis, she is a trained mediator for civil and commercial disputes, has been a member of the Facing History and Ourselves National Teacher Leadership Team, has served on the boards of Bridge Builders, the Memphis Junior League, and Planned Parenthood, and is currently a member of the Foster Care Review Board at Juvenile Court and the Tennessee Women's Forum. She holds a B.A. from Rhodes College and an M.A. in History from The University of Memphis.  Mrs. Deaderick is Associate Director of the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies.

Alicia Davis has been a supporter of TSC for a number of years.  Mrs. Davis was raised in Germantown, TN, and attended Germantown schools and University of Memphis. Her professional background is in operations for a wireless company.  Ms. Davis married another Germantown graduate, Stephen Davis, and they have 3 wonderful children. 

C. Cato Ealy (Treasurer) is Senior Vice President, Corporate Development at International Paper, handling mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures for the company. He has held similar roles since he joined International Paper in 1992, moving to Memphis in 2007 with the relocation of the corporate headquarters. From 1983 to 1992, Mr. Ealy worked on Wall Street in New York City. He attended Yale University, where he received a B.A. in Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, where he completed a master’s degree in management. He is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the performing arts in Memphis.

Elise L. Jordan is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer with FedEx Express.

Ernest G. Kelly, Jr. (Vice President) maintains a general civil practice, including civil rights matters, personnel matters and trial experience in all local civil courts. He has represented the Memphis Board of Education as general counsel and lead trial counsel since 1973. Mr. Kelly has been with Evans/Petree PC since his graduation from law school. 

Pat Casserly Kelly, native of New Jersey, came to Memphis in October of 1967. After a brief career doing medical research for Dr. L. W. Diggs, she began teaching History at Hutchison School. After completing her Master of Arts in English, she taught at Lausanne Collegiate School, the University of Memphis, and State Technical Institute. In 1979 she returned to Hutchison where she taught English in the Upper School until her retirement in 2012. At Hutchison she was the chair of the English and Humanities departments and the recipient of the Margaret Wellford Tabor chair for Excellence in Teaching English. In her teaching career, Pat emphasized the great writers and thinkers of the Western tradition—Shakespeare, Dante, Milton, Austen, Dickens, Hardy—as she encouraged her students to become lovers of literature and independent and creative thinkers. Pat was a president of the Shelby-Memphis Council of Teachers of English and was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by the National Council Teachers of English. She was a recipient of two National Endowment for the Humanities study grants—one of which sent her to Italy to study Dante for 6 weeks— and was chosen by the U.S. Department of State for a teacher exchange program in Eurasia. Pat served two terms on the vestry of St. Elisabeth’s Church in Raleigh and was the Director of Religious Education there for 15 years. Currently a communicant at St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, she serves as a lector, a Lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of the hospitality committee, and is serving her first year of her term on the Chapter of the Cathedral. Pat and Ernest have 5 daughters, one son, and one grandson between them, and enjoy traveling and spending time with their family.

Dorothy O. Kirsch, Philanthropist.

Michael R. Marshall is legal counsel at Evans Petree in Memphis. He is the co-leader of the Labor and Employment section and uses his experience in other arenas to reach solutions and resolutions to his clients’ disputes. He has extensive experience in litigating and resolving employment matters and other business-related disputes. He is a frequent speaker on employment-related topics. Mr. Marshall was the lead attorney in a case brought by the Memphis City Schools against the City of Memphis and obtained a $57 million verdict for education funding. Mr. Marshall graduated from the University of California and Southern Methodist University School of Law. He is a member of the American Bar Association Member, Tennessee Bar Association Member, and Memphis Bar Association member. He is admitted to practice law in Tennessee and Texas. Mr. Marshall has also served as the General Counsel for the Memphis City Schools, and is the general counsel for the Shelby County Emergency Communications District and for Lausanne Collegiate School.

Anne Hamer McCarroll practices family law at Butler, Sevier, Hinsley, & Reid in Memphis.  She also is trained in Family Law Mediation.  Her experience extends to all aspects of litigation, including case assessment, alternative dispute resolution procedures, discovery, motion practice, pre-trial preparation, trial, settlement, and the appellate process.  Anne is a member of the Memphis Bar Association Family Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution sections, the American Bar Association Family Law and Dispute Resolution sections, and the Association of Women Attorneys. She graduated from New York University School of Law in 1996 and from University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1989. Anne brings personal experience to her work with couples and individuals who are considering adoption, as she adopted both her daughters.  She is committed to the children and families of her community, volunteering as a Sunday School teacher at her church and with Christ Community Church’s youth summer programs, and coaching and managing youth soccer and basketball for the past several years.

Dan McCleary (Ex-officio, non-voting), a native Memphian, was Associate Artistic Director of the internationally-renowned Shakespeare & Company in Massachusetts for the last half of his 13-year tenure. As an artist-manager, he served as the Company's director of communications, marketing, public relations, and development, as well as performing in or directing more than 25 productions. Mr. McCleary has acted in and directed more than 150 regional theatre productions, including critically-acclaimed work as Macbeth, Richard III, Falstaff, Marc Antony, Brutus, Petruchio, and Coriolanus. Also a playwright and poet, Mr. McCleary teaches Shakespeare master classes and gives lectures frequently in theatres, colleges, and high schools across the country. He graduated from Germantown High School and Temple University's School of Communications with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Anne Johnson Mead is a partner at the law firm of Butler, Sevier, Hinsley & Reid, PLLC, focusing her practice on litigation, collaborative law, and mediation. Anne is a member of the Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations, and serves on the Board for the Family Law Section of the Memphis Bar. When she is not in the courtroom, Anne is teaching beginning aerial silks and lyra to students at High Expectations Aerial Arts.

Melanie Stovall Murry, General Counsel at the University of Memphis.

Raymond U. Osarogiagbon, MD FACP, is a hematologist, medical oncologist (blood, cancer specialist). Working with Baptist Memorial Medical Group, Dr. Osarogiagbon is an alumnus of Cambridge University's Shakespeare Summer School and a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company. "I advocate active performance of all texts, but believe that everything begins with Shakespeare. Great poetry and drama, by providing psychological insights, foster mutual understanding. Every community needs Shakespeare."

Tracy Vezina Patterson is the Director of Alumni Relations at Rhodes College. She is the mother of three and was introduced to Tennessee Shakespeare Company by her youngest daughter, who has spent five summers participating in the TSC Young Players Training Intensive. Tracy is an alumna of Rhodes College and the University of Memphis School of Law. She is actively involved in several ministries of St. George's Episcopal Church and has served on the Vestry and as Senior Warden. Past civic involvements include Memphis Civitan and Special Kids and Families.

W. Reid Sanders 
Affiliations: Chickasaw Partners, Hugo Dixon Foundation, Rhodes College, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, The Pioneer Group, Inc., Harbor Global Company, Ltd., TV A Entertainment Corporation, Independent Bank, Mid-America Apartment Communities


Sara Savell retired as a 30-year educator for the legacy Shelby County School system, the last 15 years at Germantown High School as a member of the internationally-known Fine Arts Department faculty.  Also, for over 30 years, Mrs. Savell was co-owner of Las Savell Jewelry in Memphis.  After winning the Metropolitan Opera regional auditions, she performed many leading roles as a resident member of the Memphis Opera Theatre, now known as Opera Memphis.  She was also a featured soloist several times  with the Memphis and Jackson (TN) Symphonies, and sang all the soprano roles in Hayden's Creation with the Dallas Symphony.  Mrs. Savell has served as musical director for over 50 musical productions at both the Poplar Pike Playhouse and Theatre Memphis.  In 1994 she was presented with a Germantown Arts Alliance Award for Excellence in the Performing Arts.  Mrs. Savell is a past President and long-time Board member of the Beethoven Club of Memphis.

Milton T. Schaeffer serves on the Board of Directors of both the Germantown Performing Arts Center and IRIS. Mr. Schaeffer is a partner of Oak Ridge Investments, Dallas, Texas, and he is the retired owner of Bluff City Buick in Memphis.

Margaret Wellford Tabor graduated from The Hutchison School, received her BA from Connecticut College and her MA from the University of Memphis.  In addition, Mrs. Tabor attended the graduated schools of English at Duke University, the University of Memphis, and Exeter College at Oxford University in England. She has been a full- and part-time teacher at The Hutchison School and MUS and an instructor at the Meeman Center at Rhodes College. Mrs. Tabor is an active supporter of the arts and education in Memphis.  She and her husband, Dr. Owen Tabor, support Teach for America and often plan vacations where excellent Shakespeare productions may be found.  She is a full-time mother and grandmother.

Owen Britt Tabor, MD (President) was born in Germantown (Philadelphia), PA, the only Yankee by birth at that time in a very large Southern family. He was schooled by Quakers at the William Penn Charter School, then by Methodists at Wesleyan University (CT), and finally by tobacco at Duke University School of Medicine. His wife of nearly 48 years, Margaret Wellford Tabor, has introduced him to the finer things in life, including Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  Dr. Tabor has worked as a Navy Flight Surgeon (1965-68) and as an Orthopedic Surgeon since then; but now partially retired, he says, "I am excited about serving with a group of truly exceptional and dedicated people as this organization progresses. Henry V was right when he rallied to those who would recall their own service on St. Crispin's day at Agincourt - so it is with this remarkable TSC Board...it WILL be remembered!"

Deborah Dunklin Tipton, Philanthropist.

Emeritus Founders

Louise Collier Calandruccio (Founding Member) is an active member of the Memphis Garden Club. She recently illustrated a brochure on Riverwoods, a Tennessee State Natural Area, in Germantown. Mrs. Calandruccio is a volunteer for the Emmanuel Center, including the Art Camp, as well as the Episcopal Church Women scholarship committee. She has served for many years on the Board of Advisors for Bridges USA. She is the wife of Dr. Jim Calandruccio, and the mother of two.

Ruth Dunning, a teacher for over 40 years, has taught in Stuttgart, Germany, Evansville, Indiana, and Shelby County. She currently teaches at the Tennessee Governor's School for International Studies. Mrs. Dunning is the past president of the Brooks Museum League, and Chair of the Designers and Artists Showcase. She has been Teacher of the Year at Germantown High School, Shelby County Schools, and the 1986 TEA State Teacher of the Year. In addition, she was the Germantown News Teacher on the Move, and the city of Germantown Teacher of the Year. In 2001, Mrs. Dunning was named a Germantown Hometown Hero.

John Paul (Jack) Jones, after graduating from Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia Law School in 1948, joined the Memphis law firm of Wrap and Hernly, with offices in Washington, DC. He later went into private practice where he specialized in interstate commerce transportation, and labor law. In 1960, Mr. Jones became publisher of Memphis Daily News, a family-owned business and legal newspaper, that has published since 1886. Mr. Jones retired from the practice of law in 1992. A lifelong resident of Memphis, he is a past president of the Tennessee Press Association, the American Court and Commercial Newspapers, Inc., and also a past member of the Memphis Literacy Council. Mr. Jones is a board member of the Benjamin C. Hooks Library, the Rock n, Soul Museum, located in the FedEx Forum, and a founder of the Memphis Economic Club. Mr. Jones is a lifelong devotee of Thomas Jefferson and William Shakespeare.

Robert C. "Bobby" Lanier (Founding Member), a Shelby County native, was the executive assistant to three mayors of Shelby County, serving as their chief aide and advisor.  Mr. Lanier was a founder and a Vice-Chairman of the Board of The Bank of Germantown and a former director of Neshoba Bank.  Currently, he serves as Advisor-Director of Trustmark National Bank.  He is the past President and Director of the GermantownCharity Horse Show, and is its Executive Director.  Mr. Lanier is a member of the four-person advisory Board of the Germantown Festival Association, and was the 1998-99 President of the Mid-South Fair.  He was also voted Germantown Man of the Year in 1963, 1976, 2005, and 2007.

Sheryl Lipman (Past President) is the University Counsel and Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis. Ms. Lipman is a Board member of the Memphis and Shelby County Sports Development Corporation, and Past Chair and current Board member of Memphis Regional Planned Parenthood. Additionally, Ms. Lipman is on the Board of Advisors of Facing History and Ourselves and on the Board of Directors of the Memphis Jewish Federation. The Memphis Business Journal selected Ms. Lipman as one of the Top 40 under 40 in 1998, and in 1995 she was a member of the Merit Selection Panel to Choose Federal Public defender for Western District of Tennessee. She studied at the University of Michigan and New York University School of Law.

Audrey L. Taylor (1917-2012) was a long-time resident of Shelby County. Her family is now the owner of Wildwood Farms in Germantown. She was a member and President of the Board of Directors of the Crippled Children's Hospital, and a member of the Junior League of Memphis and the Little Garden Club.  Tennessee Shakespeare Company's fifth season is dedicated to Audrey for her great friendship, unswerving loyalty, and heart-felt generosity.

George Walters  (Past President) is a long-time and influential community volunteer in Germantown and Shelby County.  He is a past Chairman of the Germantown Performing Arts Center and past President of the Germantown Community Theatre.  In addition to serving on numerous Boards and commissions, Mr. Walters is a Co-Founder and the current President of Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), and the President of the popular Germantown Festival.

2016 Student Matinee Series


All Matinees begin at 10:00 a.m.

Each show runs approximately 2 hours, including a post-show actor talk back.

Student tickets are $10. Teachers and chaperones are admitted FREE.


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adapted from Harper Lee by Christopher Sergel

"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."

TKAM imageThe American classic that fought prejudice with integrity, courage, and a child's compassion proved bigger than Monroeville, Alabama, the American south, and the United States.  With healing power and loving humor, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is here adapted, with her approval, for the modern professional stage in a world that has yet to take all of her life lessons to heart.  As poetic as it is prophetic, To Kill A Mockingbird and its literary icons Atticus Finch, Scout, Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and Mayella Ewell offer hope and democracy to a hurting humanity. 

DATE:       September 22, 28, & 30
VENUE:    The Hutchison School, 1740 Ridgeway Road, Memphis 38119


    Much Ado About Nothing

      by William Shakespeare 

“I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is not that strange?”

Decked to delight in tuxedoes and gowns, these holiday revelers merry-make with one of the most popular comedies in the English language. 

much ado title resizeNow returning from their victorious war in the trenches, the officers enter the Dixon armed only with cocktails.  The ladies they return to prove more of a challenge than that on the battlefield.  World-weary Benedick and gallant Claudio encompass sharp-tongued Beatrice and fair Hero with altogether different romances – the one in denial and the other aflame.  High spirits play out in the Dixon masque as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived, and eternal bliss is threatened – though not before domestic tranquility wins out with the disassembled help of constable Dogberry and his faithful Watch. 

DATE:       December 9, 13, & 14
VENUE:    The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave., Memphis, 38117


What students and teachers are saying about TSC's Student Matinees:

I don't believe there could be any performing arts company that could satisfy my love for the arts any better than the Tennessee Shakespeare Company.
- Caitlyn Knot, 11th Grade, Middle College High School
My students were on the edge of their seats. I enjoyed watching them as much as I enjoyed watching the performers! It is imperative that students are given good first experiences with Shakespeare. So often they are turned off by having to simply read the plays, or they see less than stellar performances. My students were entranced, delighted, and asking for more.
- Ann Lane Neal, Director of Theatre Arts, St. Agnes Academy
Many of my students, who had expressed trepidation in understanding Shakespeare, were surprised to find that they not only understood but also enjoyed the play.
- Janelle Phipps, English Teacher, Harding Academy
I don't want my comments to seem hyperbolic—but my students and I feel that this was the richest literary experience we have ever had.
- Julia Goodwin, English Teacher, Bartlett HS

 TSC's Romeo and Juliet Student Matinee Actor Talkback  

For more information or to book your students,
please contact the TSC Education Department at
Education@TnShakespeare.org or (901) 759-0620

To view TSC's page on the Tennessee Arts Commission website for Ticket Subsidy and State Funding, click hereTo view available grants, click here.

Reduced pricing is made possible in part by TSC's Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund.

PLEASE NOTE: Titles, dates, times and locations are subject to change.

 Book Up to Four New, Traveling Productions:
Julius Caesar
Romeo and Juliet
Southern Sirens
Shake(s) Rattle and Roll

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Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet 
September - December 2017

Give your students the experience of a live, accessible, visceral production of one or both of these important plays by William Shakespeare.  We will come to YOUR school in the Memphis area, across the state, and throughout the Southeastern U.S.  Both productions include a 10-minute actor talkback. 

Cost: $850 first performance; $550 each additional same-day performance.

In Julius Caesar seven actors 'blaze forth' a 75-minute performance of Shakespeare's epic Roman story of fate, friendship, and honor.

In Romeo and JulietShakespeare’s timeless exploration of daring young love, inexplicable hatred, and mortal violence unfolds with care through the actions and in the words of teenagers.  This 90-minute production is fast, physical, and daring.

Performance Space: To play, we require approximately a 20’ x 20’ space for the performance.  No lighting equipment is needed.  We will need access to electrical outlets.  Our actors will bring everything else they require with them.  Though we do not require a stage or raised playing space, please ensure the chosen performance area has good visibility for your audience.

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Southern Sirens and Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll
September 2017 - June 2018

Bring our popular TSC actors Jillian Barron and Zach Williams into your school, center, or office! 

Jillian and Zach perform two fast, fun, informative shows that are appropriate for all ages and are highly entertaining.  Performances are 45 minutes in length and have minimal technical needs.  Each show includes a post-show discussion with the actors. 

Cost: $500.

Shake(s), Rattle & Roll pays tribute to our hometown heritage.  This show lovingly links the signature music of Memphis to the works of Shakespeare that (we imagine) inspired them.  You will discover chart-topping, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, got-t​o-​jump-out-of-your-seat-and-move-with-it SHAKESPEARE!  Enjoy a whirlwind of scenes and soliloquies sure to make you want to SHOUT! Material includes Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, and Taming of the Shrew.

In Southern Sirens the celebrated Southern prose of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor are dramatized in this NEW 45-minute production.  Excerpts from stories and letters illuminate the ground-breaking styles of these short story writers as they tackle social truths with arresting clarity and humor.

Performance Space: To play, we require approximately a 16’ wide x 15’ deep space for the performance.  Stage lights and amplified sound are unnecessary.  Our actors will bring everything they require with them.  No stage or elevation is required, so we can play in a variety of spaces.  Though we do not require a stage or raised playing space, please ensure the chosen performance area has good visibility for your audience.  Material is suitable for all ages. 

For more information and to book your show today, please contact Carmen-maria Mandley, TSC Education Manager, by emailing education@tnshakespeare.org or by calling (901) 759-0620.

What students and teachers are saying: 

"What an awesome experience. I got so much feedback from students and teachers that it was 'the highlight of the year."
- Michele Sabatier, teacher, St. Joseph School, Greenville, MS
"Moving, authentic performances! The quality of the productions is unmatched in this area. My students will never claim Shakespeare is irrelevant again!!"
- April Murphy, teacher, Collierville Connection Homeschool Group
"I didn't have to find chaperones. I didn't have to order buses or lunches. It was the most convenient, perfect 'field trip' for the kids and me. TSC is gracious, pleasant and perfectly Shakespearean."
- Abby Cardwell, teacher, Snowden School

To view TSC's page on the Tennessee Arts Commission website for Ticket Subsidy and State Funding, click here. To view available grants, click here.

Reduced pricing is made possible in part by TSC's Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund.

PLEASE NOTE: Titles and dates are subject to change.

Current Employment/Audition Opportunities

No positions open at this time.  Please check back with us. 


New Playshops For 2017

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company has a team of dynamic teaching artists who will assist you in moving William Shakespeare's stories and language off the page and into the hearts of your students. We believe the passion and specificity of Shakespeare's text is essential for young people to experience. Shakespeare was (and is) meant to be PLAYED, therefore we will invite your students out of their chairs and into the world of these plays in fun, interactive playshops that we hope will inspire your students to form a life-long love of language.

We welcome all levels of participation, and can gear our teaching curriculum to all ages and abilities. The cost of one 50-minute playshop with a TSC teaching artist is $150 for a maximum capacity of 30 students. If you have interest in a playshop not listed below, or you want to create your own, please ask.


Introduction Playshops:


"On With My Speech"
Explore Wild and Whirling Words
50 Minutes, or a paired residency

Shakespeare is much more poetry, passion, and wit than he is tights, kissing, and funny accents.This fun and revealing playshop will excite your students about Shakespeare's language, his relationships, the secrets in his text, and his writer's voice. 


"The Play's the Thing"
You Pick the Play,We Help you Unpack It!
50 Minutes

Pick your play! Our teaching artists will interactively ready your students for classroom study of your chosen play! Students meet the characters, recognize key relationships, and absorb the essential back-stories leading to an immediate accessibility of your play.  Students will know what to watch for as the story unfolds and best of all, gain ownership of the language as they speak Shakespeare’s riveting text. This playshop is the sure-fire way to excite your students about the Shakespeare play of your choice!

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Specialty Playshops:


"Give Signal to the Fight!"
Stage Violence in Shakespeare
50 minutes; or 3-class residency

How do actors do all those fights without getting hurt? Safety, communication, craft, and clear storytelling are how theatre professionals create brawls and battles. Give your students permission to fight in class in a basic unarmed staged combat playshop!


"Holla, You Clown!"
Get Crazy Funny with Shakespeare
50 minutes; 3-day, or week-long residency

Students explore playfulness, physicality, clowning, and how it manifests in Shakespeare's comedies. In a series of wild and wacky exercises, we will bring life to the text of some of Shakespeare's funniest people. 


"Of Others' Voices"
Women and "Others" in Shakespeare
50 minutes; or a 3-day residency combining "Of Others' Voices" with "Thy Poet Doth Invent"

Shakespeare broke dramatic rules in bringing the equal voices of women and "others" to the stage. What do we have in common with characters like Lady Macbeth, Othello, Shylock, or Juliet? What is it to be on the outside? What happens when a human is shunned or marginalized because of their color, religion, or gender? Invite your students to investigate these questions on their feet.


"Fie, Painted Rhetoric!"
Speech and the Art of Persuasion in Shakespeare
50 minutes

Rhetoric is everywhere. It is in our political forums, our media, and our everyday life. There is an art to persuasion, and few were better at it than William Shakespeare. Students will explore how he taught us passionate means to win our arguments, sell our points of view, and confidently speak to the public. 


"Thy Poet Doth Invent!"
Speak Your Poetry Out Loud
50 minutes; or 3-day residency

Combine your students' poetic voices with creative movement. We invite your students to write freely, harness the inner critic, and fall in love with literary devices. 

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What students and teachers say:

"I'm sure that none of us will ever look at it [Shakespeare] the same way again! When you got us onto our feet acting, we were drawn into the story - and we adored it! For the rest of the afternoon and the next day, my friends and I raved about it. We have a passion for Shakespeare, thanks to you."-Isabel Azar, sixth grade student, Westminster Academy
"[Playing] was definitely more fun than reading the play because becoming a player made the play relatable and easier to understand. I learned that I have a lot in common with [Shakespeare's] characters. Shakespeare doesn't seem as archaic as I previously perceived him. The different activities showed me that Shakespeare was instead ahead of his time." - Tiara Baker, Christian Brother's University
"Incredible! I wasn't sure my students would want to participate, but they absolutely loved it. They could not stop talking about it!" - Kim Tucker, Germantown High School
"There's no way I could have been as effective as you were in introducing Shakespeare."- Karissa Steward, Riverdale Elementary School

For more information

and booking:


TSC Education Department 





To view TSC's page on the Tennessee Arts Commission website for Ticket Subsidy and State Funding, click hereTo view available grants, click here.