Our 2016-17 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.


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Marquis Dijon Archuleta (Angelo in The Comedy of Errors; Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow)  TSC: 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.


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Joshua Baggett* (Production Stage Manager of The Comedy of Errors) is a stage manager and director based in Chicago, Illinois.  Regional stage management: 8-Track: The Sounds of the 70’s (Little Theatre on the Square), End of the Rainbow (Porchlight Music Theatre), First Date and Title of Show (Williams Street Repertory), Richard III (The Empty Theatre), Emma (Apples and Oranges Studios), All’s Well That Ends Well and The Atheist’s Tragedy (The Shakespeare Theatre Company), and You Might as Well Live (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre).  Events & Live Entertainment: Invictus Games Orlando (ContinuumLIVE); Jedi TrainingStar Wars Launch Bay and the 2016 Disney World Princess Half Marathon (Disney Parks Live Entertainment).  Regional directing: Waiting for Godot and Corpus Christi (Relevant Theatrics), and Land of the Dead (Milwaukee Repertory Theater). Visit www.jbbcreative.com.


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Jillian Barron (Courtesan in The Comedy of Errors; Actor/Teaching-Artist Fellow) TSC: Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet Project, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Showcase Memphis: Midsummer NightPOTS@The Works: 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.


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Ellie Boisseau (Zar/understudy in The Comedy of Errors) is truly thrilled to begin working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company!  She currently attends the University of Memphis as a rising Senior, where she is earning her B.F.A. in Theatre with a concentration in Musical Theatre.  Her favorite credits include The Sparrow (Emily Book), The School for Scandal (Sharon), and Hello, Dolly! (Minnie Fay).  She would like to thank her cast, crew, and creative team for this amazing opportunity.  She would also like to thank her family and friends for their continued love and support. 


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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.


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Rachel Brun* (Luciana in The Comedy of Errors) TSC: A Midsummer Night'sDream (Helena), Twelfth Night (Sebastian), Richard III (Lady Anne/Prince Edward), Romeo and Juliet (Juliet).  Opera House Arts in Maine: Merry Wives of Windsor (Mistress Ford).  Back in her native Seattle at Book-It Repertory Theatre: Owen Meany's Christmas Pageant (Tabby), The Town Theatre: Domesticity, The Horse in Motion: Attempts on Her Life.  Film: Dead Body (Ilsa).  University of Washington (B.A. in Performance Studies) and a soon-to-be second year at NYU Grad School Acting.  Thank you to this wonderful TSC family!


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Adela Calzada (Dill in To Kill A Mockingbird) is so excited for her first theatre experience outside of school plays and theater classes that she loves to participate in at Hutchison!  Adela also loves ballet, playing bass guitar, and competing with her Destination Imagination team at Hutchison.

 

 


Anne Marie CaskeyAnne Marie Caskey (Assistant Director/House Manager for To Kill A Mockingbird) has taught and directed theatre at Hutchison School for 25 years.  She is the recipient of the Myrna Colley-Lee and E’dena Hines Academic Chair for Excellence and The Ruthie and Bliss Bowlin Grant for Creativity.  In addition to her work at Hutchison, Anne Marie has remained an active theatre artist in the Memphis community.  She has performed and/or directed at Playhouse on the Square, Circuit Playhouse, Theatre Memphis, Voices of the South, Desoto Family Theatre, and Hattiloo Theatre.  She has been nominated for eight Ostrander Awards for acting and/or directing.  She is thrilled to work with TSC, which she holds in high regard for their artistic excellence and community outreach.


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Chris Cotten (Mr. Gilmer/Arthur Radley in To Kill A Mockingbird) has been performing and directing in theatres in the Memphis area for almost 30 years.  Some favorite recent roles include Big Davy in Billy Elliot at Playhouse on the Square; Burl Sanders in Sanders Family Christmas at Circuit Playhouse; Corin in As You Like It, Zach in A Chorus Line, and Watson in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure at Theatre Memphis; David in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash (which he also directed) at Germantown Community Theatre; and Jean Shepherd in A Christmas Story: The Musical at Harrell Theatre.  Chris holds an MFA in Theatre with a concentration in directing from the University of Memphis, where he directed Moliere’s The Misanthrope and Bash: Latterday Plays, among other projects.  As a playwright, Chris’ play What I’m Thinking, Since You Ask was a finalist in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Playwriting Contest and was later staged by Playhouse Nashville; and his play The Double, Half-Broken Line was staged by The Company of Pittsburgh as part of the Pittsburgh New Works Festival.


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Caroline Couch (Mayella Ewell in To Kill A Mockingbird) is a freshman at Hutchison School and is a newcomer to Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  Her credits include several productions at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School, notably The Lion King, Jr. (Scar), Funhouse, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Shallow).  Additionally, Caroline has performed with Kudzu Playhouse in her hometown of Hernando, Mississippi.

 


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Blake Currie (Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors) is extremely excited to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company.  Blake last worked with TSC in Henry V and is incredibly grateful to be working the company once again.  His other credits include Anonymous (Pascal), Measure for Measure (Angelo), and It’s All Greek to Me (Player).  Blake is currently a student at the University of Memphis in the Department of Theatre and Dance.  He would like to thank his professors for pushing him to be his best, and his family for supporting him no matter what.


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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. 


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Bethany G. Fichthorn (2nd Assistant Stage Manager for The Comedy of Errors) is delighted to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare Company again after interning on TSC’s production of Henry V at the University of Memphis last season.  Bethany is starting at Southwest Community College in the fall, and looks forward to pursuing a career in theatre arts.


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Marlon Finnie (Jailor/understudy in The Comedy of Errors) University of Memphis: Macbeth (Porter), Blues for an Alabama Sky (Sam), A Flea in Her Ear (Ferraillon), and as part of the ensemble in Well.  Last fall, Marlon took part in TSC’s Romeo and Juliet Project, where he taught hundreds of students, at various schools, the importance of non-violence through Shakespeare.  He played Lord Capulet in the play.  Marlon is a recent graduate of the University of Memphis with a major in Theatre and concentration in Performance.  He feels blessed to be a part of this production.


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Destiny Freeman (Messenger/Balth/understudy in The Comedy of Errorsis veryexcited to join the cast of The Comedy of Errors.  Recent theatre credits include AllNew People (Emma), 8x10 Glossy (Dana), and Blues for an Alabama Sky (Delia).  She would like to thank her parents for their love and support, as well as Dan and Tony for the opportunity to be a part of this great production.


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Jeremy Fisher (Lighting and Scenic Designer/Technical Director for To Kill A Mockingbird; Lighting Designer/Technical Director for Much Ado About Nothing) TSC: 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: A Live Radio Play, and Hamlet.  He is the Resident Lighting Designer for Theatre Memphis. Recently, Jeremy completed the lighting design for the Broad Avenue Water Tower and was awarded the Tennessee Arts Commission Individual Artist grant, awarded to an outstanding Tennessee artist.  He has worked with Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, Ballet Memphis, Busch Gardens, Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park, and Northern Oklahoma College.  Since moving to Memphis in 2011, he has been nominated for nine Ostranders with two wins for his lighting designs of Proof (2013) and The Addams Family (2015).  Jeremy thanks his wife, friends, family, mentors, and colleagues for all their support.


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Kristen Fisher (Associate Scenic Designer for To Kill A Mockingbird) is happy to be back working with TSC.  She has been in a variety of positions with the company, including stage manager, assistant stage manager, props master, and sound designer.  Previous shows include The TempestThe Glass MenagerieThe Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)It’s a Wonderful LifeHamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, and Richard III.  Kristen is currently in her fifth season as the Stage Manager and Production Coordinator for Ballet Memphis.  Thanks to Dan for keeping her involved, and love to Jeremy as always.


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Zoe Ford (ensemble in To Kill A Mockingbird) is a sixth-grader at Hutchison School.  Her favorite subject is math.  Zoe has been seen on stage in the Memphis community in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Theatre Memphis, A Wrinkle in Time and Harriet the Spy most recently on the Hutchison stage, and A Child's Garden of Verses and Where the Wild Things Are through Hutchison at Dixon Gallery & Gardens.  She loves to write and play music.  Zoe plays piano, keyboards, and drums and is lead singer with her Delta Girls Rock Camp band called Neptune's Landing.  She thanks Hutchison and TSC for this unique opportunity.


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Stuart Heyman (Duke Solinus/Pinch assistant in The Comedy of Errors) is a founding member of TSC, where he has appeared in All’s Well That Ends Well (Lefeu), The Taming of the Shrew (Baptista), Othello (Brabantio), and As You Like It (Corin).  For Circuit Playhouse he appeared in Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf) and Tom Sawyer (Doc Robinson).  For DeSoto Family Theatre he appeared in My Fair Lady (Henry Higgins) and Oliver! (Fagin).  For Germantown Community Theatre he appeared in Man of La Mancha (Cervantes/Quixote) and in New Moon Theatre’s The Homecoming (Teddy).


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Ainsley Lorentz Geno (Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird) is extremely honored to make her professional acting debut with Tennessee Shakespeare Company playing her dream role.  Ainsley, a fifth-grader at Hutchison School, lives in Collierville with her family.  In addition to her theatre classes, her favorite subjects are math and creative writing.  She has been selected for two years to be a member of Performing Arts of Germantown’s competitive dance group.  Her dance groups have been the overall winner at numerous competitions, and she has been a two-time Mid-South Fair Junior Youth Talent finalist as both a dancer and vocalist.  Ainsley would like to thank her director, Dan McCleary, for the faith he put in her to play a character as special as Scout.  She thanks her dance teacher, Ms. Elizabeth Anne Brown, for her stage presence.  She also thanks Ms. Anne Marie Caskey, Artistic Director of Theatre at Hutchison School, who gives her students a safe, authentic feel for the theatre.  Ainsley dedicates her performance to her fifth grade classmates, her dance family, her family, and her dad, Damon Young, who is as real as they get!


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Cynthia Quinn “CQ” Gintz (ensemble/Scout understudy in To Kill A Mockingbird) was seen on the Hutchison stage as Fortinbras in A Wrinkle in Time and as Pinky Whitehead in Harriet the Spy.  She is an enthusiastic actor who feels she is already enjoying her calling at 11 years old.  She is in the sixth grade at Hutchison School and discovered her love for acting when she was in the first grade.  When not in the theater, you can find CQ singing, drawing, reading, hanging out with friends, or doing homework.  CQ thanks her family, friends, and teachers for supporting her in her acting endeavors.


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Kaitlyn Graham (ensemble/Dill understudy in To Kill A Mockingbird) is so excited to be in To Kill a Mockingbird.  This is her third show in Memphis, and it will be her twelfth show overall.  Previously, she lived in Birmingham, AL, and participated in Red Mountain Theater and Virginia Samford Theater.  She is truly appreciative to be working with such a talented cast.  She would like to thank her family, especially her Grandfather, for his constant encouragement and support.


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James Dale Green (Heck Tate in To Kill A Mockingbird) is a veteran of many stage productions since making his acting debut at the age of 13 in Babes in Toyland.  Since then, he has acted on almost all of Memphis’ stages and is delighted to be making his Tennessee Shakespeare Company debut.  James Dale has a B.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Memphis, graduating in 1973.  He also has performed with The Lyceum Theatre in Missouri and with The Kaleidoscope Players in New Mexico.  Favorite Shakespeare roles include Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Theatre Memphis and the Fool in King Lear with New Moon Theatre.  Other favorite roles are Candy in Of Mice and Men, Mr. Klemper in The Boys Next Door, Willy Lohman in Death of a Salesman, King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons, and Mozart in Amadeus.  Besides theatre, James Dale enjoys playing the mandolin, singing, songwriting, and the occasional game of poker.


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Jeanna Juleson (Stephanie Crawford in To Kill A Mockingbird) is excited to be a part of her second production with TSC, where last season she played the Widow in All’s Well That Ends Well.  This season, she also performed as Mother Superior in Sister Act at Playhouse on the Square, Anna Patterson in The Country House at Circuit Playhouse, and Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at Germantown Community Theater.  Recent roles in Memphis include Hannah in Angels in America: Millennium and Angels in America: Perestroika, Grandma in Billy Elliot, Electra in Gypsy, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins.  Jeanna is happy to be working again with Dan McCleary, some old friends, and some new ones, too.  As life and art inevitably coincide, Jeanna is enjoying her journey with this colorful character.


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Michael Khanlarian (Dr. Pinch in The Comedy of Errors ) is a founding member of TSC, where his credits include Much Ado About Nothing, To Kill A MockingbirdHenry VAll’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth NightOthelloAs You Like It, and Romeo and Juliet.  Michael is a graduate of the University of Memphis. 

  

 


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Meredith Koch (Maudie Atkinson in To Kill A Mockingbird) is a singer-songwriter/actor and native Memphian.  Favorite credits include Ring of Fire (June Carter Cash), Steel Magnolias (Shelby Latcherie), Belles (Paige Walker), and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Marie Tussaud).  Meredith studied drama as an Acting Apprentice with Vassar and New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theater, where she played Susan in Vinegar Tom.  She recently graduated with her B.A. in Professional Writing from the University of Memphis.  As always, she is grateful for the love and support from her family and boxer pup, Bella.  A special thanks goes also to Dan and the cast/crew for making To Kill A Mockingbird such a wonderful experience.  Find her online at www.meritkoch.com.


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Harper LeeHarper Lee (Author) is the creator of To Kill a Mockingbird, the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel which provides the foundation for this approved stage adaptation.  Along with the recently-released Go Set a Watchman, the stories are woven from Ms. Lee’s life.  She was born Nelle Harper Lee on April 28, 1926, in Monroeville, Alabama, the youngest of four children of lawyer Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Cunningham Finch Lee.  She didn’t use the name Nelle (Ellen spelled backwards) for her book because she didn’t want to be called Nellie. But her friends and family always called her Nelle (pronounced Nell).  President Obama, who presented her with the National Medal of the Arts in 2011, said "What that one story did, more powerfully than one hundred speeches possibly could, was change the way we saw each other, and then the way we saw ourselves. Through the uncorrupted eyes of a child, she showed us the beautiful complexity of our common humanity, and the importance of striving for justice in our own lives, our communities, and our country.  Ms. Lee changed America for the better. And there is no higher tribute we can offer her than to keep telling this timeless American story — to our students, to our neighbors, and to our children — and to constantly try, in our own lives, to finally see each other."  Though she died earlier this year at the age of 89, Ms. Lee has said of herself, “I am still alive, although very quiet.”


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Carmen-maria Mandley (Education 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.


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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 dedicates this production of The Comedy of Errors to founding TSC member Tony Molina, Jr.  Dan and Tony first met in 2004 when they played the Dromio twins at Shakespeare & Company to critical acclaim.  Dan was the white twin brother, and Tony was the black twin brother; but to each other they were only “brother.”  When TSC was being contemplated ten years ago, Tony was one of the first artists called upon to help start the company.  He acted in As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, To Kill a Mockingbird, and just this past December he played Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing.  Tony embraced everyone.  He welcomed everyone.  He judged no one.  He was a life-lesson in how to overcome.  His skill, grace, kindness, and joy embodied all that TSC strives to be.  He inspired thousands of young Memphis students who looked at him on stage and talked to him off-stage and came away thinking, “I could be like him.”  Tony made our community better; and though he is gone from us too soon, he remains a bedrock of TSC’s foundation and a source of inspiration for all.  Dromio: “We came into the world like brother and brother, And now let’s go hand in hand, not one before another.”


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Tony Molina, Jr.* (Reverend Sykes in To Kill A Mockingbird; Benedick/Watch #2 in Much Ado About Nothing) is a proud founding member of TSC, having been seen previously as Rev. Sykes in To Kill a Mockingbird, the title role in Macbeth, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Duke Frederick and his brother in As You Like It.  At Shakespeare and Company, he played Othello, Mercutio, and Dromio of Syracuse, in addition to many other roles.  At Swine Palace at LSU, he played Didi in Waiting for Godot, Oberon in Midsummer, and Belize in both Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Angels in America:Perestroika.  At the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, he played Petruchio, Banquo, and Claudius in Hamlet.  At the Tulane Shakespeare Festival, he played Hamlet, Othello, Feste, and Autolycus, as well as many others.  He played the police captain on HBO's Treme for two seasons, and he was also been seen in eight episodes of True Detective.  Tony is thrilled to be back home.


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Melissa A. Nathan* (Production Stage Manager for Much Ado About Nothing) is thrilled to be back with TSC for her fourth season.  TSC: The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, Twelfth Night, and All’s Well That Ends Well.  Her favorite credits include: The Mousetrap (Alabama Shakespeare Festival); The Winter’s Tale, The Real Inspector Hound, and What the Butler Saw (Theater at Monmouth); Underneath the Lintel and Side By Side By Sondheim (Riverside Theatre); RED (Triad Stage); Educating Rita (Florida Rep); Bonnie & Clyde (Asolo Rep); Measure for Measure and The Imaginary Invalid (Orlando Shakespeare Theatre).  She is a proud member of Actors Equity and is an executive board member of the Stage Managers’ Association.


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Charisse Norment (Benvolio/Captain of the Watch/Friar John in The Romeo and Juliet Project) is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a BFA and concentration in Performing Arts.  She is very excited to be back with Tennessee Shakespeare after previously performing and teaching with The Romeo and Juliet Project last spring.  She has also performed in several different productions around Memphis, including Fabulation, Polaroid Stories, The Government Inspector, and Medea.  She is very thankful to God, her parents, and TSC for granting her this opportunity to further her craft.


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Joshua Pearce (Jem in To Kill A Mockingbird) is an eighth grade student at Lausanne Collegiate School, where he takes Advanced Performing Arts (APA) elective classes.  He has performed in many Lausanne productions, including School House Rock Live, Jr. (Joe) and Beauty and the Beast, for which he received the Best Male Ensemble Actor award.  Josh wishes to thank his APA teachers, Mrs. Ashley Bugg Brown and Mrs. Cynthia Romoff, for inspiring his love of music and theatre.  He also wishes to thank Mrs. Tracey Ford for encouraging him in his first professional audition.  He is especially grateful to Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s director and actors for their mentorship and guidance in his professional debut.


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Anthony Pellecchia (Lighting Designer/Production Manager for The Comedy of Errors) is the Assistant Professor of Lighting and Sound Design at the University of Memphis Department of Theatre and Dance.  He is excited to be a part of Tennessee Shakespeare Company’s production of The Comedy of Errors as the lighting designer and production manager.  He designed TSC’s production of Henry V last year.  Anthony received his M.F.A. from The Ohio State University in 2009, and since then his creative scholarship explores the fusion of lighting composition, automation, and projections with live performance.  Anthony's professional and academic work in theatre, dance, and opera, has received awards and recognition from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region V, USITT Ohio Valley, USITT Design Expo and USA Weekender.


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Laura M. Perkins (Wardrobe for The Comedy of Errors) holds an M.F.A. in Theatre with an emphasis in Costume Design and Makeup Design from the University of Memphis, an M.A. in Communication Studies and Theatre from Arkansas State University, and a B.F.A. in Theatre Design/Technology from Arkansas State University.  Recently, she was the costume shop manager at the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre.  Currently, she is the costume shop supervisor at the University of Memphis.


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Nicolas Dureaux Picou (Dromio of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors) appeared in TSC’s production of Henry V (Bardolph/Scroop/Borbon/Bates) and in The Physicists and M. Butterfly at the University of Memphis, where he is working on his B.F.A. in Theatre Performance.  Nic would like to thank all of his friends, teachers, the Italians, his mom and dad, and especially his brother, Alex, whose company he has been honored to know these last 20 years.  For MSW, MVH, and in memory of the late TM. 


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Kristen Reding (Assistant Lighting Designer for Much Ado About Nothing) is a third year M.F.A. candidate in Lighting Design at the University of Memphis.  She has worked with TSC, Theatre Memphis, Desoto Family Theatre, Summer Repertory Theatre Festival in Santa Rosa, CA, and Six Flags Over Texas.  Kristen was nominated for a Desoto Alley Award for Lighting Design in 2016 and won an Ostrander Award in Lighting Design for the University of Memphis’ production of Oklahoma! She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.A. in Technical Theatre.  Kristen would like to thank Hunter and her parents for their constant support.


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Brianna Roche (House Manager for Much Ado About Nothing) is a senior Performance B.F.A. student at the University of Memphis.  She recently appeared in A Flea in Her Ear as Lucienne, and will be playing Isabella in the University's upcoming production of Measure for Measure.  Her previous house managing credits include TSC’s Henry V, Temple of the Dog (Voices of the South), and The Musical Theatre Practicum (University of Memphis).  She is ecstatic to be teaming up with Tennessee Shakespeare again and owes her thanks to Dan McCleary for this opportunity.


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DeAnna Rowe (Costume Designer for The Comedy of Errors) TSC: To 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.


Brian Ruggaber (Scenic/Props Designer for The Comedy of Errors) is proud to return to TSC for a third season (Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, All’s Well That Ends Well, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Richard III).  A recent transplant to Memphis, he is an award-winning scenic designer who currently heads the Scenic Design Program at the University of Memphis.  He has designed scenery for over 130 productions, including Opera, Drama, Musical Theatre, and Dance.  Prior to joining U of M’s faculty, he was an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and an Associate Professor of Design at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  He is a proud member of United Scenic Artists Local 829 and has a M.F.A. from The University of Massachusetts and B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University.


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Brian Webb Russell*  (Don John/Dogberry in Much Ado About Nothing) joins TSC for the first time from Nashville, where he just completed a successful run of Nashville Repertory's Noises Off and will return there in January to start rehearsals for Treasure Island for the Nashville Children's Theatre.  No stranger to Shakespeare, Brian has been seen as Prospero in The Tempest, Brutus in Julius Caesar, and Polonius in Hamlet with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, among others.  Regional credits include Arkansas Repertory Theatre, American Stage Theatre, Nashville Opera, Grand Valley Shakespeare Festival, Pigeon Creek Shakespeare Festival, and Kentucky Repertory Theatre.


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Ashley Selberg (Costume Designer for Much Ado About Nothing) is a native of Germantown, TN, and graduated from O’More College of Design with a B.F.A. in Fashion Design.  Ashley is currently a costume technician for Ballet Memphis and has worked as a costume tech for TSC on The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, and assisted with additional costume design on Romeo and Juliet.  Previous credits include 2012 & 2013 Eloise Fashion Show, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Nashville Repertory Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Middle Tennessee State University), and Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Memphis).  She also enjoys freelance designing for cosplayers and Renaissance Faires.  She is excited to be working with TSC once again, and would like to thank her wonderful family and friends for their continuous support and love.


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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. 


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Joey Shaw* (Antipholus of Syracuse) TSC: All’s Well That Ends WellShakespeare: 400 Series, A Midsummer Night’s DreamRomeo and Juliet (Mainstage and Education Project).  In his native Seattle:  The Horse in Motion: Wellesley GirlBrechtFestAttempts On Her Life; Book-It Rep: I Am of Ireland; Seattle Shakespeare: Twelfth NightAntony and Cleopatra; Greenstage: Love’s Labor’s Lost.  Regional credits:  Sierra Rep: Hank Williams’ Lost Highway; Opera House Arts: The Merry Wives of Windsor.  Shakespeare Walla Walla: Romeo and Juliet.  Joey has a B.A. in Drama from the University of Washington.  He will attend NYU’s graduate acting program in the fall.  Thanks to Rachel, Dan and Steph, Nancy, and Barbara!


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Cahillane Shine (Juliet in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Hero/Verges in Much Ado About Nothing) makes her TSC mainstage debut, having just finished playing Juliet in this year’s Romeo and Juliet Project.  Her regional credits include Montana Repertory Theatre’s All My Sons (2016 National Tour), Seattle Shakespeare Company’s The Merchant of Venice, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard II, and Macbeth, Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Breathing Lessons, and Idaho Repertory Theatre’s staged reading of Happy.  Her favorite educational credits include Bridget in Translations, Yasmin in Pentecost, and Anya in The Cherry Orchard.  Cally is a Seattle, WA, native and a graduate of the University of Montana.


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Stephanie Shine* (Abbess/Nell in The Comedy of Errors) 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!  Onstage 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 countless 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 NewAudience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, 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.


 simotesTony Simotes+ (Director for The Comedy of Errors) is the former Artistic Director and President of Shakespeare & Company, a professional Company he helped found in 1978.  Tony was also an actor, director, and a Master Teacher of Fight and Movement for the Company.  S&Co director: The Tempest and Mother Courage and Her Children with Academy Award-winner Olympia Dukakis, the American premiere of The Hound of the Baskervilles, As You Like It, The Tale of the Allergist’s WifeThe Santaland Diaries, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Complete Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged)Private Lives, The War of the Worlds a radio play, and many others over the Company’s almost four decades.  While at the helm of S&Co, he helped develop the critically-acclaimed Satchmo at the Waldorf by Terry Teachout and starring John Douglas Thompson.  He produced the play with the Long Wharf Theater in a successful Off-Broadway run.  Recent directing credits include Painting Churches by Tina Howe, The God Game by Susanne Bradbeer, and Constellations by Nick Payne for Mad Cow Theatre in Orlando, FL; The Three Musketeers for Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night’s Dream for UMass Department of Theater in Amherst; Radio Plays – The War of the Worlds by Howard Koch and The Water Engine by David Mamet, which were both broadcast live on Wisconsin Public Radio for the University of Wisconsin–Madison and NPR.  His resume as a fight choreographer is extensive, featuring work from the Mark Taper Forum in LA to the New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theater for the New York premiere of The Woods by David Mamet.  Internationally, his work has been featured at The Stage X Festival in Brisbane, Australia, The Canadian Stage Company in Toronto, and in Vancouver at Theater 48 New Play Festival, just to name a few.  He has represented the American theater through The Drama League of New York in Sophia, Bulgaria, and was invited by the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria to help establish a relationship between U.S. artists and theirs.  He is a proud member of AEA, SDC, AFTRA, and SAG.  His film and TV credits can be viewed on IMDB.com.  He is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts (MFA).  “Without Lucy, my life would not be filled with light.”


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Nathan Snow (Mercutio/Paris in The Romeo and Juliet Project; Claudio/Sexton in Much Ado About Nothing) is from Livingston, Montana, where he cultivated a love of theatre and the arts from a young age.  A recent graduate from the University of Montana with a B.F.A. in Acting, Nathan is excited to see what the next few years have in store for him.  Favorite University roles include Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Billy Bones in Treasure Island.  Nathan spent the summer honing his comedic chops as a company member of the Brewery Follies in Virginia City, MT, and he has been grateful to be part of Tennessee Shakespeare Company's Romeo and Juliet Project this autumn.


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Carolyn Spratley (Mrs. Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird) is pleased to join Tennessee Shakespeare Company and this production.  In the past 29 years, she has been privileged to work in most of the theatres in this area.  A few of her favorite roles are Mrs. Holly in Suddenly Last Summer (TM/Little Theatre & McCoy), Ann in The Cocktail Hour (Circuit), Mrs. Tilford in The Children's Hour (GCT), Felicity in The Shadow Box (McCoy), Grace in Grace and Glorie (GCT), Hannah in The Spitfire Grill (GCT), Sarah in The Quilters (GCT) and Bunny in A Murder is Announced (GCT).  She thanks her husband, Jim, for his support and Jeanna and Lorraine for their encouragement.  She is also grateful to Dan for giving her the opportunity to work with such a prestigious company.

 


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Taylor St. John (Assistant Director for The Comedy of Errors) is a theatre-maker and Educator, most recently from Kansas City, MO.  Favorite directing credits include The Four of Us, The Amish Project, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Poor Lear, a feminine endingSex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and the world premieres of The Snake That Stole the Flower, Devoured By Tigers, and Hard Days Night.  Most recently, he directed Bull at the University of Memphis, and devised the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac at Rhodes College.  Next up this summer, he will direct the theatre for youth series at Okoboji Summer Theatre.  He is a first year M.F.A. Directing Candidate at The University of Memphis.  Much love to Mary! www.taylorstjohn.com.


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Colton Swibold* (Antipholus of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors) is thrilled to be back with TSC for a second time after playing the title role in Henry V last season.  His previous roles include Barefoot in the Park (Telephone Repair Man), The Aliens (KJ), All My Sons (Chris Keller), Biloxi Blues (Don Carney), PVT, Wars (Woodruff Gately), and various TV/Film background and technical work.  Colton has split his time in theatre and film, working as a Lighting Designer, projections engineer, and audio technician for the Montana Repertory Theatre and Independent films in Salt Lake City.  He would like to dedicate this performance to his parents, Dennis and Julie and to the many who came before him that opened doors he thought were bolted shut.  


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Patrick Ryan Sullivan* (Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird) is excited to be returning to the state where he spent his formative years and in a show that is this timely and important.  His Broadway credits include Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Gaston in Beauty and the Beast, and various roles in Titanic.  Other favorites include Oberon in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, Serge in Art, Flynn in Doubt, LockStock in UrineTown, Tito in Lend Me a Tenor, Javert in Les Miserables, Higgins in both Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, Get Got at the Edinburgh Festival, Chicago in China, Victor in Empty Plate, The Burnt Part Boys, Petey in Tuna Christmas, and Miles and Senex in Forum.  www.PatrickRyanSullivan.org


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J.D. Sutton* (Judge Taylor/Mr. Cunningham in To Kill A Mockingbird) is an actor and playwright whose credits include regional theatre, cabaret, and dinner theatre productions.  Favorite roles include Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, and the title role in Sherlock Holmes.  His solo play about Thomas Jefferson, Twilight at Monticello, has been presented off-Broadway and at venues throughout "the original 13,” including Philadelphia's historic Carpenters' Hall.  His most recent play, My Master, My Slave, My Friend, about Jefferson and the slave he was raised with, was named Critics’ Choice for Best Drama at this year’s Orlando International Fringe Festival.  He and his wife, Amy, share their Central Florida home with their “furry children,” all of which are rescued.


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Erin Joy Swank* (Production Stage Manager for To Kill A Mockingbird) makes her TSC debut, capping a widely varied year including La bohème in a Spiegeltent (Crested Butte Music Festival), the musicals Crowns and My Fair Lady (Skylight Music Theatre), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (Central City Opera).  Previous credits include touring with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular – featuring the Rockettes and three adorable camels – and as Production Stage Manager for the Tennessee Rep.  She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity, the Stage Managers’ Association, and the United States Institute for Theatre Technology – which includes mentoring for the Gateway Program, connecting with students and young professionals from under-represented populations within the industry.  In true Colorado fashion, Erin also works as a part-time river guide.


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Carey Urban* (Beatrice/Conrade in Much Ado About Nothing) is delighted to return to TSC, where she previously appeared in Twelfth Night (Viola) and Romeo and Juliet (Juliet).  Most recently she appeared at Palm Beach Dramaworks (Long Day's Journey Into Night) and BAM's Next Wave Festival (Alas, the Nymphs).  Other favorite credits include Cymbeline (Imogen) with Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Taming of the Shrew (Kate) with Soho Rep, and Cabaret (Sally Bowles) with TriARTS.  She is a “repeat offender” with The Queen's Company, based in NYC, and a co-founder of the short-lived but highly acclaimed Fools' Theatre.  She stars in the web series Hands of Fate (available on YouTube) and has appeared in several commercials.  Thanks to Dan and Barbara!


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Ann Perry Wallace (Calpurnia in To Kill A Mockingbird) is an actor and writer, and she is thrilled to be working with Tennessee Shakespeare.  She is equally thrilled to be working with her youngest daughter.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from UT Chattanooga and is a company member of the improv group, Playback Memphis.  Some of Ann’s other theatre credits include No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs; Blues for an Alabama Sky; From the Mississippi Delta; The Death of the Last Black Man in the Entire World; Women in Shakespeare, and most recently Romeo and Juliet with TSC’s Education Program.  Ann can also be seen in the independent films 100 Lives, The Romance of Loneliness, and The Department of Signs and Magical Intervention.


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Phil Darius Wallace* (Egeon/Pinch Assistant in The Comedy of Errors) is a founding member of Tennessee Shakespeare Company, appearing in Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, and As You Like It.  Currently, he is touring his Off-Broadway show Self-Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story around the country.  His film credits include Live the DreamThe Department of Signs and Magical Intervention, and the TV stream Farell.


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Violet McKenna Kay Wallace (ensemble in To Kill A Mockingbird) is an exuberant, feisty, sweet six-year-old girl who loves to play make-believe and dress as all kinds of characters.  She loves history, her school, her family, and God.  She makes her stage debut with To Kill a Mockingbird and was terribly worried that she would actually have to kill a mockingbird.  Her fears allayed, she accepted the role.  She is excited to work with the other actors, especially her mother.


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Zach Williams (Traveling Merchant/understudy for The Comedy of Errors) is thrilled to be performing in his first Mainstage production with TSC, recently appearing in several staged readings with them.  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, his friends, and his 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.”


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Nancy Wright (Bookkeeper) has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.

 

 

 


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Kilby Elisabeth Yarbrough (Assistant Stage Manager/understudy for The Comedy of Errors)  TSC: Henry V, To Kill a Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing.  Kilby is a freelance artist in Memphis, and her work runs the gamut from performance to costume design to stage management to teaching.  Recent costume designs include Blueprints to Freedom at Hattiloo Theatre, The Unencumbered at Rhodes College, and "Wash" for Collage Dance Collective.  Coming up, you can hear her perform as Lulu in The Nature of Captivity with Chatterbox Audio Theatre.  With all her heart, she joins TSC in dedicating this production, in loving memory, to Tony Molina, Jr.  To borrow a phrase: He loved you if you ever met him.

 

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

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