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National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest Award Tennessee Shakespeare Company Schools and Juvenile Justice Scholarships

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company was announced as one of only four regional professional theater companies to receive both the Shakespeare in American Communities-Schools Fellowship and the Shakespeare in American Communities-Juvenile Justice Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest for programming during the 2022-23 season.

As a scholarship recipient, TSC is one of 40 professional theater companies across the country selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional cast of middle and high school actors and conduct related educational activities. for students.

As a recipient of a Juvenile Justice Fellowship, TSC is one of nine organizations across the country selected to engage young people in the juvenile justice system with the works of Shakespeare through education programs theatrical.

The school grant award is $25,000 and requires a 1:1 match to launch TSC’s new Macbeth initiative to Memphis-area schools. The Macbeth Initiative builds on TSC’s six-actor professional production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The production celebrates the stagecraft known to Shakespeare’s touring bands while illuminating a moral dilemma that resonates in the fabric of modern America: Can I serve myself first at the expense of my society? The project includes a teacher training session that empowers classroom educators in their teaching of drama; an in-class acting workshop where students experience the characters, speak Shakespeare’s text, and deal with the play’s moral dilemmas; and a 15-minute exchange after the show. The play will be performed in front of 2,800 students on TSC’s Tabor Stage and at at least 13 public/charter partner high schools, most of which have at-risk students.

The Juvenile Justice Fellowship is $20,000, does not require correspondence, and will pay TSC’s certified teacher-artists to deliver 80 program sessions during the year for incarcerated youth ages 13-17 detained at Memphis’ Jail East and Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center. In two 90-minute sessions per week per institution, TSC encourages literacy, self-discovery, communication and empathy through the exploration and performance of speeches and scenes from Shakespeare’s plays for at least 60 attendees.

“When most theaters closed for the past two years, TSC created programming that creatively and safely met the needs of our community through Shakespeare,” said TSC Founder and Artistic Director Dan McCleary. “Our mission as a professional service organization across the classical arts has been confirmed, and we are grateful to the NEA and Arts Midwest for rewarding this creative service by investing in the fearless artists at TSC who, to their turn, invest in Memphis children, educators, and incarcerated youth.We are very proud to have the NEA and Arts Midwest in our country.

Celebrating 20 years in 2023, Shakespeare in American Communities is a theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The program supports high-quality productions and educational activities exploring the work of William Shakespeare in middle schools, high schools, and juvenile justice facilities across the United States. For the first time this year, theater companies were able to choose to perform a Shakespeare play or select an adaptation or new play incorporating scenes or monologues from Shakespeare. Alongside these performances, each company will organize educational activities with students to creatively explore Shakespeare’s work and its context. These shows and educational events will take place between August 1, 2022 and July 31, 2023.

The Tennessee Shakespeare Company is a professional nonprofit theater and educational organization in Memphis dedicated to various live performances of William Shakespeare’s plays, as well as works of social significance by classical, Southern, and modern writers/composers ; and to provide innovative in-person and online educational and training programs.

Founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Producer Dan McCleary, the Tennessee Shakespeare Company is Memphis’ first and only professional classical theater. In 2017, TSC purchased its first performing arts facility, which is being renovated to become the state’s only permanent home for Shakespeare’s professional performance, education and training throughout the year. ‘year. The company is engaged in its Brave New World fundraising campaign with a goal of $9.2 million, nearly a third of which has been raised.

TSC engaged its community with 58 site-specific plays and events for over 52,000 customers. Its groundbreaking education program has reached 120 schools in nine states, totaling more than 275,000 student interactions. The program has achieved a high regional and national profile, partners annually with most local school systems, and this year is the recipient of two Shakespeare in American Communities grants from the National Endowment for the Arts/Arts Midwest: one for the project Romeo and Juliet in underserved local communities. schools, and the other for extended residences with local incarcerated youth. TSC is one of the few American theaters to receive this grant for the third consecutive year.