Tennessee Shakespeare Company Loses Grant From Germantown

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Tennessee Shakespeare Company performs The Tempest
  • Joey Miller
  • Tennessee Shakespeare Company performs The Tempest

The Germantown Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to fully eliminate Tennessee Shakespeare Company's annual grant at their meeting on Monday night.

In early May, the theatre company was told of the possible $70,000 grant elimination and quickly took to the public for support. Letters were sent out and phone calls were made to the Germantown board to emphasize the importance of the theatre company.

Tennessee Shakespeare Company's grant was the only education/arts program funding to be fully eliminated after five successful years. Dan McCleary, founder and artistic director of the Tennessee Shakespeare Company, believes the consequences of this decision will be devastating to the communities they have actively served over the years. However, despite the final decision, McCleary said he'd still like to thank the public for their overwhelming support and looks forward to bringing Tennessee Shakespeare Company onto more stages in Memphis.

You can find the the Flyer's previous coverage of this story here.

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