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Adult Acting Training

The next class for participants 18 years and older:

Shakespeare as a Contact Sport

March 12, 19, 26 and April 2, 9

6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

in TSC's Education Classroom

Teacher: Carmen-maria Mandley, TSC's Education Manager and Resident Teaching Artist

Fee: $100

This wildly physical approach to William Shakespeare’s text invites you to develop more visceral connections to his world and characters.  Explore Shakespeare’s physical stories, violence in Shakespeare, and Shakespeare’s clowns. 

All levels of experience welcome.

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company is proud to offer this weeklong in-depth exploration of one of Shakespeare's most rewarding plays. In a conservatory-style environment, you'll work with our professional actor/teachers to stage scenes, soliloquies, fights, songs, and dances from As You Like It, all culminating in a performance of our work in progress!

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Fifth Annual Valentine's Gala       

The Music of the Night: A Celebration in Song with Broadway's Longest-Running Phantom Howard McGillin 

February 14, 2014 at 6:00pm

GPAC/Duncan-Williams Performance Hall

Actor Howard McGillin, Broadway’s longest-running Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera, headlines Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s Fifth Annual Valentine’s Gala on February 14, 2014, at Germantown Performing Arts Center.

Mr. McGillin’s hour-long show to benefit TSC’s Education Program will feature his Broadway songbook and stories from his fabled 30-year career.

Platinum, Gold, and Silver seating packages (with tiered benefits) for 10 guests are now available by calling TSC’s Development Office today at 901-759-0620.

Preferred seating is available in the order in which calls are received. Single tickets, if available, will go on sale in January.

The evening, which is expected to sell out, also includes a lavish buffet dinner, an exclusive opportunity to win a trip to Cumberland Island, Georgia, for only $25, TSC’s singular live auction, and a fun new silent auction of 30 Celebrity Wine & Spirits baskets.

Howard McGillin is a two-time Tony Award and Drama Desk Award nominee for originating the role of John Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and for his portrayal of Billy Crocker in the Broadway revival of Cole Porter’sAnything Goes. He starred in the award-winning West End revival of Mack & Mabel and sings on the cast album recording. He also received critical acclaim for his work as Molina in the Kander and Ebb musical Kiss of the Spider Woman, for originating a leading role in the world premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Bounce, for Kodaly inShe Loves Me, Archibald Craven in The Secret Garden, and Captain Hook in the national tour of Peter Pan. Mr. McGillin has been featured in the Encores! production of the Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. He also has performed in many concerts in the United States and abroad, including Sondheim's Follies that was released on DVD.


Choose from these Tiered Options of 10-seat Packages




Name recognition on Poster;

Best seats in the house;

Invitation to private catered dinner party with the Guest Artist on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014

Plus all items listed with Gold Sponsorship, below.



Name recognition on Invitation;

Preferential seating in theatre;

Complimentary Champagne and Dessert in the Green Room during post-show reception with Guest Artist. Complimentary photo opportunity with Guest Artist;

Receive an exclusive gift with option for autograph: wine chill/picnic bag with two bottles of specially labeled TSC wine.

Plus all items listed with Silver Sponsorship, below.




Lavish Dinner Buffet;

Dessert Reception;

Name recognition in Playbill;

10 tickets to the event;

Preferential seating in theatre behind Gold Sponsors;

Access to open bar.


An Exciting Evening of Wine, Spirits, and Frenzy!


This year’s Gala will be SWIFTER than ever.

We will feature a condensed Silent Auction, featuring 30 celebrity gift baskets and other exclusive items, allowing you more time for perusal and bidding.

We will locate ten special Shakespeare Surprise Dolls within GPAC to be sold on a first-come/first-found basis at prices varying from $100 to $1,000, each bearing a scroll that will reveal a secret prize package and guaranteed to have a minimum fair market value of what is paid for the doll. You get to keep the doll, too!

Discover our new, one-night-only Drawing with a limited number of $25 tickets available: only 400 for our 500+ guests. The prize is an “Island Picnic Getaway,” which includes a one-week stay for up to 8 people on Cumberland Island, GA, the largest of the Georgia barrier islands.

We will present an abbreviated Live Auction, including some dream dates, Dan McCleary and his one-of-a-kind shaken Martinis, and a "Frenzy" to get your heart really pumping. Imagine gift certificates to your favorite restaurants auctioned off at full value to the first, raised bid card. Your arm has never moved so fast!


The Tennessee Arts Commission has generous funds available to help you bring Tennessee Shakespeare Company to your classroom, or bring your students to us!  Click HERE to view Tennessee Arts Commision's Preferred Artist Roster page for TSC.

Some grants you can apply for and what they may be used to fund include:

  • Student Ticket Subsidy Grant:  Covers the cost of admission to our Student Matinees or Schools Tour, when the performance is combined with a Playshop or Residency; 
  • The Arts Appreciation Grant provides up to $1,000 for one-day interactive Playshops and In-School Residencies fewer than five days (including Artist fees, in-state travel and lodging, course materials, teacher training, and marketing expenses);
  • The Arts Curriculum Grant provides up to $6,000 per year per school for Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s In-School Residency experiences five days or longer. 


Click HERE to apply for Tennessee Arts Commission’s Student Ticket Subsidy Grant.

Click HERE for helpful guidelines on applying.


Click HERE to apply for Arts Appreciation and Arts Curriculum Grants.

Clikc HERE for helpful guidelines on applying.



Click HERE for Tennessee Arts Commission's Grant Writing Resources and Support.   

You can also contact TSC's Development Manager, Stephen Huff at stephenhuff@TNShakespeare.org for further assistance.  Tennessee Arts Commission also has staff available to assist you, and we are happy to put you in touch with them!    



When you get your seats today for TSC's Valentine's Gala on February 10, not only do you get "Annie" composer Charles Strouse, you can bid to win a piano he plays that night!


Plus these other exciting Live Auction items:


Scarborough, Maine

A perfect getaway for two couples, this two-bath luxury Condo sleeps four and is one of only 20 units in the community.  Scarborough also offers lovely sandy beaches and the rocky coastline made famous by local artist Winslow Homer, whose home is now open for tours. And all the excitement of Portland is just 20 minutes away!

Cumberland IslandCumberland Island, GA
This barrier island off the Georgia coast has a rich history as one of the first landing points in the "new world."  Now, it is 95% National Park Preserve, and allows no new buildings among the southern mansions of a time gone by.  Pristine maritime forests, a canopy of live oaks, and wide marshes whisper the stories of both man and nature.  The secluded island boasts wonderful fishing, over 335 species of birds, and 21 miles of undeveloped beaches with roaming deer, bobcats, and wild horses.  The house is well-appointed, sleeps eight, offers three full bathrooms, a full kitchen, and overlooks the river running through the Island preserve.


Crested Butte, Colorado
You will literally be in snowball-throwing range of the Silver Queen, the major ski lift serving the slopes.  The Axtel Building is only steps away from ski rentals, restaurants, and shopping.  Enjoy a wood-burning fire in this condo featuring a newly renovated kitchen with range, dishwasher, microwave oven and hot tap.  Have your breakfast on balconies overlooking the ski areas and Mt. Crested Butte!


Henry F. Miller Baby Grand

Tickle the ivories to Charles Strouse's Broadway hits on this five-foot, ebony polished Henry F. Miller Baby Grand Piano from Amro Music.  This item includes a matching bench, free delivery within a 50-mile radius of Amro Music, free in-home tuning, and a ten-year parts and labor warranty.  Bidding for this item will begin in the Silent Auction.

Mednikow Jewelry
Show that special someone how much you care with one of two designer pieces from Mednikow Jewelry.  As a full service luxury store, Mednikow's select group of individual craftsmen and world-renowned designers hand-select the finest quality gemstones to create one-of-a-kind jewelry and watch collections in the company's on site workshop.

Wolfe Coleman Romeo
You can't take him home (though he would probably like that), but you can bid to fund Wolfe Coleman and any of our fourth season, professional actors.  Wolfe returns from New England to play Romeo in our Mid-South Schools Tour of Romeo and Juliet this month.  And while he doesn't come home with you, he does go into a school near you -- and it will be because of you.  Fund-a-Player!!!