We need your expertise, your volunteerism, your good ideas,
and your financial generosity.

Opening night audience at Macbeth, 2011.

Opening night audience at Macbeth, 2011.

You can be so valuable to this regional effort to bring professional Shakespeare performance, education, and training programming to the Mid-South.

Ultimately, you will be the “be all and the end all” as our supportive audience member. But we have work to do first in order to get you into your seat.

There is a significant amount of contributed revenue to raise if we are going to continue to produce professional theatre with fiscal responsibility as a not-for-profit organization.

Your gift not only will enable us to grow this singular, classical arts effort, but it will also be tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by Tennessee law.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, there are multiple ways to show your support for TSC. The Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence, and The Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund are two way to ensure continued professionalism or educational expansion. We invite you to read about these below. Please let us know of your pledge of support by calling our offices, or donate now through the link below.

Thank you for your generosity and care.


About Mr. Dunbar Abston, Jr.
and his Fund for Sustainable Excellence

The Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund

The Angel Fund's mission is to bring as many children to live Shakespeare as possible.

Connie and Dunbar Abston, Jr.

Barbara B. Apperson

If there is a role model for Sustainable Excellence in one’s life, Dunbar just got cast. The Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence is being administered and managed by The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis.If you would like to make a gift to honor Dunbar and his commitment to our professional preservation, you may make your check to The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis and mail to:

The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis
Attn: Wesley Tomlinson
1900 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN  38104


Please include on your check or in your correspondence that the contribution is for The Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence. For Connie Abston’s birthday this year in Memphis, many family members and friends came to celebrate. 


But Connie requested no gifts.  She had one of her own to bestow on her extraordinary husband, Dunbar Abston and on Tennessee Shakespeare Company.Connie, a much loved TSC supporter, made a surprise announcement at her birthday party in July. 


She announced the creation of The Dunbar Abston Fund for Sustainable Excellence at TSC with a cornerstone gift of $100,000.The Fund will live in perpetuity in Dunbar’s name and will be a primary funding source for TSC.  Its objective is to ensure TSC hires professional, classically trained artists and teachers for all of its organizational life.  Managed by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, we hope to grow this Fund over the next three years to $1,000,000, at which point the Fund will form a pillar of TSC’s endowment.

Mrs. Barbara B. Apperson of Germantown has been instrumental in the founding of TSC as  Board member, community liaison, and official host of the Forest of Arden, where the company's inaugural production of As You Like It played outdoors on her woodland property.


"Every sustainable theatre company in history has had an inspiring patron, someone who believed in the seedling of the idea, made a generous offering, encouraged the community, helped galvanize support, and desired to be of service to something bigger than the individual," said Founder and Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary.  "William Shakespeare had Queen Elizabeth and King James, Tennessee Shakespeare Company has Barbara."


Barbara's children, Virginia, John, and Chip, laid the foundation for this Fund in their monther's name.  More than 150 donors (and counting) from around the country have made generous contributions to the Angel Fund, currently totaling more than $50,000 from individuals.


The City of Germantown made a founding gift of a  $25,000 grant to the Apperson Angel Fund in 2008.  In 2009, the City increased their suppoort to $89,000 to allow the Angel Fund to double the number of students served as TSC expands educational opportunities.


This support provides for Teaching-Artists to go into Germantown City School classrooms for Playshops at no cost to the schools, heavily subsidized tickets for children to attend Student Matinee productions, the creation and dispersal of a 90+ page study guide, and a Free Will Kids Day for every production, where up to 4 children under 17 years of age are admitted for free with a paid adult.


If you would like to make a contribution towards "bringing as many students to live Shakespeare as possible," you may call TSC at 901-759-0620, or send a check to TSC at 7952 Trinity Road Memphis, TN 38018.  Just put"Angel Fund" in the memo line, and become a part of classical, profession theatre education in the Mid-South.

For more on TSC's education programming, click here, or click here for more on the Angel Fund.