Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Tennessee Shakespeare Company, now beginning its seventh season in the Memphis area, is a professional, classical theater and education organization which performs the plays of William Shakespeare outdoors and indoors; provides year-round educational and training programming; and performs the works of classical and Southern writers in its Southern Exposure Series. Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s vision is to sustain a classical theater that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to curiosity and wonderment as a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering its faith in life by increasing awareness of reality and expanding imagination through the performance and education of Shakespeare’s works. Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary is a native of Memphis. The company has produced 19 productions in eight venues for over 36,000 patrons in three states, and tours annually throughout the Southeast region. The company has co-produced with other companies, symphonies, art galleries, botanical gardens, and its local PBS station. Their multi-faceted, innovative education programs have reached 136,000 largely underserved or underprivileged children in seven states with a socially-conscious and financially-affordable curriculum that outgrew the company’s seven-year strategic plan in just three years. TSC is guided by a 25-member board of directors and a 20-member teacher’s advisory committee, and has generated a $4.5 million economic impact within its community.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present a touring production of Romeo and Juliet directed by Education Director Stephanie Shine. The company will provide related educational activities, including residencies and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 20 schools from Tennessee.