Our Past Productions

Our 2017-18 Company

Actor's Equity Association

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.


Jennifer Ammons croppedJennifer Ammons (Costume Designer for Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesaris a third-year graduate student in Costume Design at the University of Memphis.  Her designs for the University include Nine, Measure for Measure, Empires of Eternal Void, and Bull.  This past summer, she worked for the Ohio Light Opera where she was an Associate Costume Designer for HMS Pinafore, in addition to Assistant Costume Designer on The Lady of the Slipper and The Student Prince.   In 2016, she was the assistant to Janice Benning Lacek on the UofM-TSC co-production of Henry V.  Other Memphis area designs includePinkalicious for New Day Children’s Theatre and Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet at Hatiloo Theatre.  Previously, she was the resident costume designer and shop manager for Mars Hill University and Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre near Asheville, NC.  Designs from MHU and SART include Flyin West, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Sunshine Boys, The Children’s Hour, and Sylvia.


Marquis Archuleta headshot cropped

Marquis Dijon Archuleta (Benvolio/Capulet in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Caesar/Pindarus/Ghost of Caesar/Ensemble in Julius Caesar)  TSC: The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet Project, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits.  Other credits: Of Mice and Men (Crooks), Cyrano de Bergerac (Comte De Guiche), Pentecost (Antonio), Pippin (Louis), Romeo and Juliet (Lord Capulet), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon Peter).  He is a graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Theatre & Dance program with a B.F.A. and a minor in Psychology.  He thanks TSC for giving him this opportunity; and his friends, family, and professors for supporting him.

 


Jillian cropped

Jillian Barron (Mercutio/Paris’ Page/Montague in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Ensemble in Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll and Southern Sirens)  TSC: The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About NothingRomeo and Juliet Project, Shakespeare’s Greatest HitsShowcase Memphis: Midsummer Night.  POTS: Byhalia, MS.  Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis: In Search of Tonto Goldstein.  Theatre Memphis: Rapture, Blister, Burn.  GCT: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Member of We Are Vanessa professional improvisation troupe (2014).  Education: Union University (B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture).  She extends special thanks to her husband.

 


e. frank bluestein

E. Frank Bluestein (Executive Director) 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.


Cathy Caldwell cropped

Cathy Caldwell (Bookkeeper) is a native Memphian who has worked in bookkeeping, billing, customer service, and operations analysis in small businesses and a Fortune 500 corporation.  This is her first experience working for a non-profit, and she loves the creative and collaborative spirit of Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  She is proud to bring her skill set to this visionary organization.

 


 

Laura Cropped Headshot

Laura Daniels (Company and Box Office Manager) 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. 

 


 

Bethany Fichthorn cropped

Bethany G. Fichthorn (Assistant Stage Manager for Waiting for Godot) TSC: The Comedy of Errors (Second Assistant Stage Manager), Henry V (Production Intern) All’s Well That Ends Well (Production Intern). Bethany is delighted to be a part of TSC’s 10th season, and grateful for the knowledge and experience she has gained through the company. She plans to attend the University of Memphis to prepare for a career in Theatre Arts.


 

Jeremy Fisher HS

Jeremy Fisher (Lighting Designer and Technical Director for Waiting for Godot)  TSC: Much Ado About Nothing, To Kill a Mockingbird, All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, Richard III, The Taming of the Shrew, Unto the Breach, It's a Wonderful Life, and Hamlet. Jeremy, a graduate of Oklahoma City University, works annually with Theatre Memphis, Opera Memphis, Ballet Memphis, and Broad Avenue Arts.  In the past, he has worked for the Santa Fe Opera, Busch Gardens, and Northern Oklahoma College.  Other credits: lighting Memphis’ Broad Avenue Water Tower, recipient of the TAC Individual Artist award, 12 Ostrander Award nominations with four wins for his lighting designs during 2014-17.  Jeremy thanks his wife, friends, family, mentors, and colleagues for all their support.


 

Cara McHugh Geissler cropped

Cara McHugh Geissler (Romeo and Juliet Project Manager; Education Associate) has served as both the Education Manager and as a Journeyman Artist-Manager for TSC.  Cara played Biondello in TSC's Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet.  She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville in 2013 and her B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from Murray State University in 2009.  While in Louisville, Cara taught children's theatre at Encore Youth Theatre and at Adelante Hispanic Achievers.  She also taught for both the University of Louisville and Spalding University.  Cara served on the Board for The Bard's Town Theatre in Louisville, where she performed in Misses StrataReasons to Be Pretty, and Just Like Life.  Cara’s new favorite role is playing mom to her little boy, Brantley.


Kiana Holley Headshot cropped

Kiana Holley (Juliet in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Soothesayer/Metellus Cymber/Calphurnia/Titinius/Ensemble in Julius Caesar) first struck up an interest in theatre in a middle school classroom.  She became a theatre major during her sophomore year at the University of Montevallo, where she had her first dose of Shakespeare as a Chorus player in Comedy of Errors.  Kiana recently finished her undergraduate work at the University of Memphis, where she played Delia in a narrative production of the short story, Sweat.  She has acted in various student films and commercials, and plans to pursue writing in the future.  Kiana would like to thank Tennessee Shakespeare Company for this opportunity, and her parents for their support.

 

 


Mario Hoyle Headshot cropped

Mario Hoyle (Romeo in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Flavius/Decius/Octavius/Ensemble in Julius Caesar) is excited to be working with TSC for the first time.  Local theatre credits include South Pacific (ensemble) at Theatre Memphis, Hamlet (Bernardo and 3rd player) at New Moon Theatre, and Mr. Rickey Calls a Meeting (Clancy Hope) at Hattiloo Theatre.  Mario also can be seen in a Southland Park Gaming and Racing commercial and will be playing Cory in an upcoming production of Fences at Theatre Memphis.  Mario received his B.A. in Performing Arts from UT Chattanooga.  He would like to thank his mom for being his superhero. 

 


Michael Khanlarian headshot cropped

Michael Khanlarian (Teaching Artist in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Brutus/Ensemble in Julius Caesar) is a founding member of TSC, where his credits include The Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About NothingTo Kill A MockingbirdHenry VAll’s Well That Ends WellTwelfth NightOthelloAs You Like It, and Romeo and Juliet.  Michael is a graduate of the University of Memphis. 

 

 

 


Merit Koch Headshot

Merit Koch (Lady Capulet/Balthazar in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Caska/Lucius/Lucillius/Ensemble in Julius Caesar)  TSC: To Kill A MockingbirdThe Winter’s Tale, Eudora Welty: Mississippi Myth, and Flannery O’Connor: Georgia Gothic.  Merit is an actor, musician, writer, and Memphis native.  She studied drama as an Acting Apprentice with Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, where she also directed several original works.  Merit is a proud supporter of the Congressional Awards Program and is the recipient of her own Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals for public service in the arts.  When she’s not collaborating with TSC, Merit enjoys working on her original music and spending time with her Boxer pup, Bella.  Special thanks and love always to her TSC family.  Visit her online at www.meritkoch.com.

 


 

Edgar Landa croppedEdgar Landa* (Fight Director for Romeo and Juliet, Julius Caesar, and Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll) is a Los Angeles-based actor/director.  He also creates fights and violence for theatres large and small.  Credits include South Coast Rep, San Diego Rep, The Geffen Playhouse, CTG/Kirk Douglas Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company.  Edgar serves on the faculty of the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, and is a long-time collaborator of Son of Semele Ensemble (Los Angeles).  He is an AEA member and Pro99 supporter of intimate theatre in Los Angeles. (www.edgarlanda.com

 


Khalil LeSaldo Headshot cropped

Khalil LeSaldo (Paris/Nurse in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Cassius/Ensemble in Julius Caesar) is thrilled to be performing with TSC for the first time.  Previous productions include Drums in the Night (Andreas Kagler), Orphee (Orphee), Predator: The Musical (Carl Weathers), To Kill a Mockingbird (Tom Robinson), A Little Night Music (Frederick Egerman), Wait Until Dark (Harry Roat), The Dumb Waiter (Gus).  Thanks to Carmen. 

 

 


Carmen cropped

Carmen-maria Mandley (Director of Romeo and Juliet; Education Program Manager) 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.

 


dan mccleary bw

Dan McCleary+ (TSC Founder and Producing Artistic Director) 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 three years ago, and he has directed TSC’s Much Ado About Nothing, Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Flannery O’Connor’s Georgia Gothic, 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 stage productions Speak What We Feel and Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages.  Memphis Magazine 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 seven-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.

 


Rachel McFatridge cropped

Rachel McFatridge (Stage Manager for Romeo and Juliet and Julius Caesar) TSC: The Merchant of Venice and 2016 Summer Intern.  Some of Rachel’s favorite productions during college included Arsenic and Old Lace (Elaine Harper), Little Women (Josephine “Jo” March), and Songs for a New World (Herself/Violinist).  During her college career, she set-designed Arsenic and Old LaceThe Taffetas, and The Leader of the Pack.  Rachel received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Blue Mountain College in 2017.  Rachel would like to thank TSC for this amazing opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young people.


Melissa Nathan

Melissa A. Nathan* (Production Stage Manager for Waiting for Godot) is thrilled to be back with TSC for their 10th season (which happens to be her 5th season)! Her previous TSC productions are The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, and Much Ado About Nothing. Other credits include: Buyer & Cellar and RED (Triad Stage), Because of Winn-Dixie and The Mousetrap  (Alabama Shakespeare Festival), The Learned Ladies, Othello, and What the Butler Saw (Theater at Monmouth), Underneath the Lintel and Side By Side By Sondheim (Riverside Theatre), and Bonnie & Clyde (Asolo Rep). She is a proud member of Actors Equity and is an executive board member of the Stage Managers’ Association.


Matt Nelson Headshot croppedMatthew Nelson (Friar in Romeo and Juliet; Antony/Artemedoris/Ensemble in Julius Caesar) is extremely excited to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  Matt last worked with TSC in the 2014 production of Romeo and Juliet.  Other credits: Tecumseh! Outdoor Drama (Tecumseh U.S.), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Oberon), Measure for Measure (Duke), Empires of Eternal Void (Prisoner), A Flea in Her Ear (Don Carlos), and Bad Jews (Jonah).  Education: University of Memphis (B.F.A. in Theatre Performance).  Matt would like to thank TSC and his family for their love and support. 


 

DeAnna Rowe cropped

DeAnna Rowe (Costume Designer for Waiting for Godot) TSC: The Comedy of ErrorsTo Kill a Mockingbird.  DeAnna is the Assistant Professor of Costume Design at the University of Memphis Theatre Department.  She received her M.F.A. in Costume Design from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  She has taught at Allentown College of St. Francis DeSales, Ohio University, and The Art Institute of Hollywood, California.  DeAnna has worked from coast to coast.  Some of her favorite collaborations include South Coast Repertory Theatre in Costa Mesa, CA, The Laguna Playhouse, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Ballet, American Players Theatre, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Glimmerglass Opera.  She recently worked with William Ivey Long Studios on the touring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella.  DeAnna is the owner and designer at Gypsy Dream Studios, where she designs and creates one-of-a-kind costumes to help her clients invoke their inner Superheroes and Unconventional Wedding Dreams.


Shakes 15 16 cropped

William Shakespeare (Playwright) died 401 years ago at age 52, yet his language remains fresh and modern; his phraseology forms the core of our casual conversation, social media, and political rhetoric; and his skill at authorship and progressive understanding of our psyches has served as the foundation of master works of literature, psychology, philosophy, performance, pedagogy, and our humanity the world over.  Yet, he was probably a lot like you, regardless of your age.  William Shakespeare 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, and for us the occurrences of financial tumult, widespread poverty, victory and defeat overseas, scientific discovery, natural catastrophe, a warming planet, an increasingly intelligent world due to electronic information-sharing, and women beginning to share corporate and political leadership all create a similar Age of Renaissance.  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 as 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 an actor 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 (or the Court, more likely), 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 of William that he created the human being.  Indeed, he developed character 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, and he discovered that that which is most personal is shared by us all.  It is collectively held and needs to be articulated and felt for the health of a community.  In so doing, William redefined the function of theatre.  His Age compelled and inspired him, just as our own Age can do for us. 


StephHeadshot resized

Stephanie Shine+ (Director of Julius Caesar; Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll; and The Romeo and Juliet Project; General Manager; Education Director) 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 (2011-12, 2014-16), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012-13), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll, Shakespeare Said It, and Lend Me Thy Sword!  On stage at TSC, she played the Countess in All's Well that Ends Well, the female roles in Unto the Breach, and Gertrude in Hamlet.  In addition, Stephanie serves as the annual Gala Auctioneer, and curates the material for and directs TSC's Literary Salons.  She is the former Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, a position she held for 13 years.  For SSC, she directed and/or produced many 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 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, Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre, among others.  Roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V.  Stephanie is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, where she was mentored by Shakespearean great, Cal Winn.  She earned her B.F.A. at the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs.  She is currently in pursuit of her M.F.A. at the University of Memphis.  Her greatest role is that of mother to Conor, Cahillane, Sullivan, and Collins.

 


Zach Williams cropped

Zach Williams (Tybalt/Captain of the Watch in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Ensemble in Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll and Southern Sirens; Teaching-Artist Fellow) recently performed in TSC's The Comedy of Errors having previously appeared in several staged readings.  His less recent productions include As You Like ItTwelfth NightA Party to Murder, and an Ostrander Award for music direction in the Good Woman of Setzuan.  When not on stage, Zach enjoys gardening, painting, and filming.  He is a recent graduate of University of Memphis with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.  Zach would like to thank his parents, friends, and lovely wife, Jillian, for making love a madness worth having.  “Enjoy the music, enjoy the show, and may you always find friends if in a strange land.”

 


Kilby Yarbrough cropped

Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough (Prince/Peter/Friar John in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Marulles/Cinna the Conspirator/Portia/Messala/Ensemble in Julius Caesar)  TSC: Henry V, To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing, The Comedy of Errors.  Kilby is a freelance theatre artist based in Memphis, working in performance, costume design and construction, stage management, and teaching.   Lately, she's been in St. Louis, developing exciting, found-space theatre with Fourth Wall Down; she also recently played Lulu in Chatterbox Audio Theatre's production of The Nature of Captivity.  Kilby began her Shakespeare training right here at TSC as a member of the inaugural Young Company in 2010, and she's always glad to be invited back.  She also trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and she holds a B.A. in Theatre from Rhodes College.

 

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

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

 

The First Free Shakespeare Shout-Out Series Launches Our 10th Season throughout Shelby County

pic shakespeare shout out 10 1 17Mario Hoyle (Romeo) and Kiana Holley (Juliet).

We officially launch our tenth anniversary season this week when we bring Romeo and Juliet to the historic outdoor train depot and platform in Collierville Town Square on Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 pm.

Our first Free Shakespeare Shout-Out Series, sponsored by Evans/Petree, P.C., features 11 performances of three touring productions to ten outdoor/indoor locations throughout Shelby County playing through November 10.

No tickets are required.  First come/first seated.

Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, directed by Stephanie Shine, questions the future of the Roman Republic, the love that sustains it, and the leadership that breaches it.  Romeo and Juliet, directed by Carmen-maria Mandley, is fast, physical, and daring in its descent from comedy to mortal, young tragedy.  And TSC’s Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll, directed by Shine, pairs the legacy music of Memphis with the famous Shakespeare scenes TSC imagines inspired them.

“This Series is a big ‘Thank You’ to the Memphis area for supporting TSC’s mission during our first nine years,” says founder and Producing Artistic Director, Dan McCleary.  “TSC has just purchased our first permanent home, the first year-round home for professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training in the state.  But before we start settling into our first theatre, we wanted to go one last round with the exciting, non-traditional, environmental theatre that got us this far. 

“These are three thrilling productions for all ages that will play entirely differently based on their venues:  Overton Square, the Zoo, the playground, Court Square, the library, gazebos, train depots, the University grounds, Madison Avenue Park.  These actors are uniquely trained for these environments and everything that can erupt around them.  Whether audiences are settling in with their families and picnics, or bicyclists are just stopping by for five minutes to watch, these productions will fill the air of our community with the words of Shakespeare for free for one month.  And we get to say ‘Thank You’.”

The acting company includes Marquis Dijon Archuleta, Jillian Barron, Kiana Holley, Mario Hoyle, Michael Khanlarian, Meredith Grace Koch, Khalil LeSaldo, Matthew Nelson, Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough, and Zach Williams.

Los Angeles-based Edgar Landa is the fight choreographer, Jennifer Ammons provides costume design, and Rachel McFatridge is the stage manager.

For more information: www.tnshakespeare.org or (901) 759-0604.

Read more: The First Free Shakespeare Shout-Out Series Launches Our 10th Season throughout Shelby County

Johnny Lee Davenport as Othello, with Kate Abbruzzese as Desdemona.
 
Tennessee Shakespeare Company
7950 Trinity Road
Memphis, TN 38018
Box Office:
(901) 759-0604
Open Monday-Friday
from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(901) 759-0703 (fax)
Dan McCleary, Artistic Director:
(901) 759-0620

E. Frank Bluestein, Executive Director:
(901) 759-0620
Stephanie Shine, Education Director: 
(901) 759-0620
 
Carmen Mandley, Education Manager
(901) 759-0620
 
Cara McHugh Geissler
(901) 759-0620
Laura Daniels, Company and Box Office Manager:
(901) 759-0604
 
Jillian Barron, Marketing/Sales Associate & Resident Artist
(901) 759-0620
 
Cathy Caldwell, Bookkeeper:
(901) 750-0620

Announcing the Tenth Anniversary Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2017-18

September 11, 2017 — Tennessee Shakespeare Company, the Mid-South’s professional, classical theatre and education organization, today announced its Tenth Anniversary Performance and Education Season.

The centerpiece of the tenth season was announced last week when TSC purchased outright the 18,000 sq/ft former home of Ballet Memphis.  TSC is spending most of its tenth season transferring all of its operations to the facility in Memphis near Shelby Farms Park, as well as planning to remodel the interior for a professional theatre and updated public spaces. 

With the purchase, TSC becomes Tennessee’s first and only permanent home for professional, year-round Shakespeare performance, education, and training.

Read more: Announcing the Tenth Anniversary Season of Plays and Educational Activities for 2017-18

free shout out series

They’re free, fun, fast, and for everyone! 

TSC specializes in environmental theatre, but here we take it to another level to celebrate our tenth season with all of the Mid-South:  11 performances of 3 productions at 10 outdoor/indoor locations throughout Shelby County.  Ideal for families and picnics.  You get to watch the actors re-shape each performance for each venue. 

No tickets or reservations needed.  Please come early for available seating. 

The three Shout-Out productions are:

 

TSC season webheaders FIN2 jc

Seven actors 'blaze forth' this 75-minute performance of Shakespeare's epic Roman story of fate, friendship, and honor.

Germantown Library
Saturday, October 28 at 10:00 am
Indoors; bring your children

Overton Square Music Amphitheatre
Friday, November 10 at 5:30 pm
Outdoors near the parking garage, just south of Madison Ave.  Dedicated to our service veterans.  


 

TSC season webheaders FIN3 rj

Shakespeare’s timeless exploration of surprising young love and mortal violence unfolds with care during this 90-minute production that is fast, physical, and daring.

Collierville Town Square
Saturday, October 7 at 4:00 pm
Outdoors at train depot; bring a chair    

University of Memphis
Wednesday, October 18 at 2:15 pm 
Outdoors near the Theatre Building; park in Central Avenue lot  

Lester Community Center
Friday, October 20 at 6:30 pm
Indoors at 317 Tillman Street, Memphis

Overton Square Music Amphitheatre
Friday, November 10 at 8:00 pm  
Outdoors near the parking garage, just south of Madison Ave.


 

TSC season webheaders FIN srr

Creatively links Memphis music to the works of Shakespeare!  Discover chart-topping, foot-stomping SHAKESPEARE featuring Jillian Barron and Zach Williams in a musical 45-minute performance.

Madison Avenue Park
Tuesday, October 10 at 12:00 pm
Outdoors; downtown at 151 Madison Ave.

Court Square
Thursday, October 19 at 12:00 pm
Outdoors; downtown at Main and Second Streets

Overton Park Playground
Saturday, October 21 at 10:00 am
Outdoors

Germantown Municipal Park Gazebo
Saturday, October 21 at 4:00 pm
Outdoors; bring a chair; located between library and athletic center   

Memphis Zoo
Saturday, November 4 at 2:00 pm
Outdoors