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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!

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.

            

WE ARE HERE TO HELP YOU!  

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!    

  

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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

 

PLATINUM TITLE SPONSOR ($5,000)

Benefits:

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.

GOLD SPONSOR ($2,500)

Benefits:

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.

 

SILVER SPONSOR ($1,500)

Benefits:

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!

 

 Book Up to Four New, Traveling Productions:
Julius Caesar
Romeo and Juliet
Southern Sirens
Shake(s) Rattle and Roll

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Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet 
September - December 2017

Give your students the experience of a live, accessible, visceral production of one or both of these important plays by William Shakespeare.  We will come to YOUR school in the Memphis area, across the state, and throughout the Southeastern U.S.  Both productions include a 10-minute actor talkback. 

Cost: $850 first performance; $550 each additional same-day performance.

In Julius Caesar seven actors 'blaze forth' a 75-minute performance of Shakespeare's epic Roman story of fate, friendship, and honor.

In Romeo and JulietShakespeare’s timeless exploration of daring young love, inexplicable hatred, and mortal violence unfolds with care through the actions and in the words of teenagers.  This 90-minute production is fast, physical, and daring.

Performance Space: To play, we require approximately a 20’ x 20’ space for the performance.  No lighting equipment is needed.  We will need access to electrical outlets.  Our actors will bring everything else they require with them.  Though we do not require a stage or raised playing space, please ensure the chosen performance area has good visibility for your audience.

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Southern Sirens and Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll
September 2017 - June 2018

Bring our popular TSC actors Jillian Barron and Zach Williams into your school, center, or office! 

Jillian and Zach perform two fast, fun, informative shows that are appropriate for all ages and are highly entertaining.  Performances are 45 minutes in length and have minimal technical needs.  Each show includes a post-show discussion with the actors. 

Cost: $500.

Shake(s), Rattle & Roll pays tribute to our hometown heritage.  This show lovingly links the signature music of Memphis to the works of Shakespeare that (we imagine) inspired them.  You will discover chart-topping, toe-tapping, foot-stomping, got-t​o-​jump-out-of-your-seat-and-move-with-it SHAKESPEARE!  Enjoy a whirlwind of scenes and soliloquies sure to make you want to SHOUT! Material includes Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, Richard II, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Twelfth Night, and Taming of the Shrew.

In Southern Sirens the celebrated Southern prose of Eudora Welty and Flannery O'Connor are dramatized in this NEW 45-minute production.  Excerpts from stories and letters illuminate the ground-breaking styles of these short story writers as they tackle social truths with arresting clarity and humor.

Performance Space: To play, we require approximately a 16’ wide x 15’ deep space for the performance.  Stage lights and amplified sound are unnecessary.  Our actors will bring everything they require with them.  No stage or elevation is required, so we can play in a variety of spaces.  Though we do not require a stage or raised playing space, please ensure the chosen performance area has good visibility for your audience.  Material is suitable for all ages. 

For more information and to book your show today, please contact Carmen-maria Mandley, TSC Education Manager, by emailing education@tnshakespeare.org or by calling (901) 759-0620.

What students and teachers are saying: 

"What an awesome experience. I got so much feedback from students and teachers that it was 'the highlight of the year."
- Michele Sabatier, teacher, St. Joseph School, Greenville, MS
"Moving, authentic performances! The quality of the productions is unmatched in this area. My students will never claim Shakespeare is irrelevant again!!"
- April Murphy, teacher, Collierville Connection Homeschool Group
"I didn't have to find chaperones. I didn't have to order buses or lunches. It was the most convenient, perfect 'field trip' for the kids and me. TSC is gracious, pleasant and perfectly Shakespearean."
- Abby Cardwell, teacher, Snowden School

To view TSC's page on the Tennessee Arts Commission website for Ticket Subsidy and State Funding, click here. To view available grants, click here.

Reduced pricing is made possible in part by TSC's Barbara B. Apperson Angel Fund.

PLEASE NOTE: Titles and dates are subject to change.