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TSC Volunteer Tracks

Administration Track

Chair: Mary Donald

  • In-Office: Paper-shredding, organizing documents, bulk-mailing, education data-entry, research
  • Out-of-Office: Postering and handing out postcards around the Memphis community
  • Box Office: Answering phones, ticket sales, merchandise sales

Front-of-House Track

Heather Nicholas mans the concession stand at Comedy of Errors

  • Ushering
  • Concessions
  • Merchandise Sales
  • Will-Call Assistant
  • Pre-show set up: Tables, banners, reserved seating, stuff programs
  • Post-show clean up: Collect programs, wipe down tables, pick up trash

Production Track

  • Pre-production: scenic construction and painting, stage and prop acquisition, set load-in, prep and clean-up of backstage areas
  • Costumes
  • Hair & Makeup
  • Stage Hands
  • Lighting Assistant
  • Rehearsal Room Assistant
  • Post-production: striking the set; packing and storing of set, props, and costumes; clean-up

Special Events Track

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  • Planning, execution, and clean-up for special events including the following:

    Crawfish Festival
    Cooper-Young Fest
    Literary Salons
    Shelby County ArtsFest
    Welcome Dinners for cast members
    Staged Readings
    Shout-Out Series
    Annual Education Gala and Auction

Community Track

  • Recruiting new volunteers
  • Connecting college students and faculty to TSC projects, special events, and ticket discounts
  • Connecting community leaders to TSC projects and special events

 

TSC’s Volunteer Organization

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Volunteer Extraordinaires Adrienne Myers (left),
Forrest Daniels (center), and Dana Skelley (right),
pose at the concessions stand during The Comedy of Errors.

“I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks;”
- Twelfth Night, William Shakespeare

What would it take to get YOU to volunteer?

Free merchandise and tickets? Maybe.

Invitations to TSC Exclusive Events?
Perhaps.

The chance to meet local and national celebrities?
Getting closer.

Making a personal impact on your community, schools, and state? That sounds good!

How about all of the above? 
NOW WE'RE TALKING!

We invite you to learn more about our volunteer organization and consider joining this beloved team of people as we strive to bring William Shakespeare's work and the arts into Memphis schools, businesses, and neighborhoods.

Read more below to see if our company is the right fit for you!

The Mission

Our volunteer group is dedicated to the year-round promotion, support, and encouragement of Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s not-for-profit professional theatre and education programming in the Mid-South.

The Values

We believe:

  • That artistic expression uplifts the human spirit;
  • That innovation and creativity are a natural unfolding in every individual at every age;
  • In exploring, enjoying, and protecting our natural environment;
  • In leading productive lives in our community;
  • In extending kindness, helpfulness, and enthusiasm;
  • That personal responsibility and respect for others are integral to pursuing a common goal;
  • In open, honest, and regular communication.

 

Read about the Tracks, check out the Current Projects, or join the fun and Apply Now!

 

Dan McClearyDan McCleary

Founder and Producing Artistic Director 

Dan McCleary 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 400: Shakespeare FeastUnto the BreachThe Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew.  He played the title role in TSC’s Richard III two years ago, and he has directed TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth NightHamletThe TempestMacbethA Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius CaesarOthelloComplete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night.  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, as well as Vita & VirginiaMy Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain.  Other regional theatre: Seattle Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, 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, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages.  Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” for four consecutive years, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts.  He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University.  Dan is the proud dad of six-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.

 

E. Frank BluesteinE. Frank Bluestein

Executive Director

E. Frank Bluestein is the 1996–1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year.  USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top forty teachers in the United States in 1998.  Until his retirement in 2013, he served as chair of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department; as artistic director of the school’s theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse; and as executive producer for the school’s three-million-dollar, Emmy Award-winning television studio.  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; Tennessee Shakespeare Company founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary; and Blue Man Group actor Wes Day.  Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association’s John C. Barner Award, and has served as an arts advisory panelist for numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts.  He spent several years as director of shows at Opryland, USA, and he most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb.  In 2013, Mr. Bluestein was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in Minneapolis.

 

StephHeadshot resizedStephanie Shine

General Manager, Education Director, & Gala Coordinator

Stephanie Shine is the creator of The Romeo and Juliet Project as well as a resident artist for TSC. Her TSC directorial credits include Henry V, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2015) Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), 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, Shakespeare Said It, and Lend me thy Sword! Onstage, she performed the Countess in All's Well that Ends Well, the female role in Unto the Breach and Gertrude in Hamlet. In addition, Ms. Shine serves as the annual Gala's Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons.

Ms. Shine is the former Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, a position she held for 13 years.  For SSC, she directed and/or produced countless productions.  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 (which she also conceived and adapted) 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 additional Shakespearean 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 the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she was mentored by Shakespearean great, Cal Winn.  She earned her BFA at the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is currently in pursuit of her MFA at the University of Memphis.  Her greatest role is that of mother to Conor, Cahillane, Sullivan, and Collins.

 

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Carmen-maria Mandley

Education Manager

Carmen-maria Mandley began loving Shakespeare working with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre while she was still in high school, and by the age of 21 was directing for their Young Company.  She began acting, directing, and teaching for Shakespeare & Company in 1996, training and working within their Fall Festival of Shakespeare, nation-wide residencies, and summer productions.  She then was named Education Director at the Raleigh Little Theatre in NC, where she produced school tours for 25,000 children yearly, a youth playwriting festival, and a resident teen service organization.  She is the founding Artistic Director of Bare Theatre and the Nickel Shakespeare Girls in Raleigh, NC, as well as Bare Portland in Maine.  In her first year in Raleigh, Carmen was chosen for the “Who To Watch in the Arts” award from the Raleigh News and Observer. Her productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, and her shadow-signed production of Mother Hicks were awarded best productions.  She transitioned to Portland Stage in Maine in 2014 as Education Director and Literary Manager, and took over as Director of Training at the Acorn Adult acting Academy in Portland in 2015.  Her productions of Macbeth, The Amish Project, Julius Caesar ,and The Ballad of Daphnis and Chloe were all named top ten productions by The Portland Phoenix and The Portland Press Herald.  She is a proud member of Theater Ensemble of Color in Portland.  Carmen attended National-Louis University in Chicago, and continued her training at Shakespeare & Company and at the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre.  She is a published poet and a produced playwright, and she is thrilled to be in Memphis working for TSC.

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Company and Box Office Manager

Laura Daniels is a native Memphian and comes to TSC with over ten years of office management experience. She received her B. A. in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Alaska - Fairbanks.  In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and reading.  She is married and a mother to one son, three cats, and one dog. 

 

 

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Nancy Wright

Bookkeeper

Nancy Wright has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.

 

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Jillian Barron         

Marketing/Sales Associate & Resident Artist                   

Jillian Barron is a native Illinoisan who moved to Memphis in 2013 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture from Union University. Past Credits: Byhalia, MS at Playhouse on the Square (Ostrander Nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at GCT (Ostrander Nomination), and In Search of Tonto Goldstein at The Women's Theatre Festival of Memphis (Global Premiere). She thanks her wonderful and supportive parents, Jim and Tricia Barron, and her darling husband, Zach Williams.

Have More Questions?

Feel free to give us a call or send us an email today!
TSC office hours are 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday - Friday. 
All calls and emails received after 5 PM on Friday will be returned the following Monday.

 Jillian Barron
 Volunteer Coordinator

 Email: jillianbarron@tnshakespeare.org
 Phone: (901) 759-0604

 

 

 

 

 Laura Daniels
 Volunteer Administrator

 Email: lauradaniels@tnshakespeare.org
 Phone: (901) 759-0604

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).

Founding TSC members Phil Darius Wallace (Egeon), Michael Khalarian (Pinch), and Stuart Heyman (Duke) join TSC Education Director and resident artist Stephanie Shine (Abbess) and TSC Artist-Manager Fellows Jillian Barron (Courtesan) and Marquis Archuleta (Angelo).  The cast also includes U of M students Destiny Freeman and Ellie Boisseau, as well as alumni Marlon Finnie and Zach Williams.

The design team consists of TSC veterans, including Scenic/Props Designer Brian Ruggaber (Much Ado About Nothing; Henry V; Richard III; All’s Well That Ends Well; Twelfth Night), Costume Designer DeAnna Rowe (To Kill a Mockingbird), Lighting Designer/Production Manager Anthony Pellecchia (Henry V), and Sound Designer/Arranger Jo Sanburg (Henry V).  Taylor St. John is the Assistant Director.  The production stage manager is Joshua Baggett, and the assistant stage managers are Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough and Bethany Fichthorn. 

“This comedy has complications and reversals like no other,” says Simotes, on a break during the first week of rehearsal.  “Love, mistaken identity, servitude, and the pain of an unkind hand or foot propel our story and its characters forward.  At the center are two sets of ‘identical’ twins.  In casting them, we wanted to explore how we ‘see’ people by what they are rather than who they are.  Skin color, clothes, occupations, and rank all define how we are seen and treated by others.  In this Comedy of Errors, identity and tradition are challenged as our production’s Ephesus of 1600 AD actually reflects a multicultural universe that was the Mediterranean Sea's roads of commerce in the Ottoman Empire of Shakespeare's time.

Read more: TSC presents its first Mainstage production of madcap The Comedy of Errors