Tennessee Shakespeare Company
Tennessee Shakespeare Company, now beginning its sixth season, 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. Originally founded in the Memphis area, Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s vision is to sustain a classical theater that both nurtures artists and encourages audiences to curiosity and wonderment and a center for the community dedicated to re-discovering their faith in life by increasing awareness of reality and expanding imagination through an emphasis on the performance and education of Shakespeare’s works. Producing Artistic Director Dan McCleary is a native of Memphis. The company has produced 15 productions in eight venues for nearly 30,000 patrons in three states. The company has co-produced with other companies, symphonies, art galleries, botanical gardens, and their local PBS station. Their multi-faceted, innovative education programs have reached 120,000 largely underserved or underprivileged children in four states with a socially-conscious and financially-affordable curriculum that outgrew the company’s seven-year strategic plan in just three years. They are guided by a 23-member board of directors and a 20-member teacher’s advisory committee that has generated a $3 million economic impact within its community.
For Shakespeare in American Communities, Tennessee Shakespeare Company will present student matinees of Romeo and Juliet (January and February 2014) directed by Education Director Stephanie Shine. The company will provide related educational activities, including residencies and a study guide. They anticipate reaching 15 schools from Memphis and Shelby County.