A message from our Executive Director, Laura Johnson

To my dear Friends of Shakespeare,

I am excited to announce that beginning October 1, 2020, I will be taking on a new challenge as the Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships for the Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC).

As Executive Director for the past seven years, I have overseen Southern Shakespeare Company’s expansion of our educational outreach programs, inspiring students and finding opportunities for growth in the communities served by the Southern Shakespeare Company. Moreover, it has been breathtaking to see our Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival grow to audiences of 8,000 to 10,000 for our (now) four-day weekend event.

During my tenure as Executive Director, I have learned that the strength of Southern Shakespeare Company lies in the vision of SSC’s Board of Directors and the talent and skill our incredible education and artistic staff, grant support, extraordinary sponsorship and membership support, our volunteers, and the many community partnerships forged along the way. I feel beyond blessed to be a part of a community that supports the arts and to see the arts foster such a cooperative and collaborative spirit.

My new position as Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships will afford me the opportunity to focus my time on our community partnerships, engagement, and advancement for our organization. And once our new Executive Director is on board, I will look forward to making the introductions to you!

I am eager to begin my work in this new capacity, advancing Southern Shakespeare Company’s mission with the same energy, commitment, and passion, as always.
More exciting news to come!

Yours truly and always,


Summer Workshop Series

Fear of Film Workshop

The Southern Shakespeare Summer Workshop Series consists of 4 online Workshops, hosted on Zoom, and led by qualified theatre professionals from the Local Community!

Each Workshop is 45-60 minutes in length and requires access to a Zoom account and a computer with a functioning webcam and microphone.

A $15 Participation Fee is due upon registration, a Zoom link will be sent to the email provided during registration the 24 hour period BEFORE the scheduled Workshop.

Thursday, June 25th from 6-7 PM: Fear of Film Workshop! – Erika Stone –
Are you a theatre actor who has thought of working on film but have been afraid that your theatre style of acting won’t translate? Never fear. In this workshop Erika Stone, Acting Instructor with the FSU Film School, will give you practical tools and techniques to translate your acting to fit the requirements of film. Just provide any short monologue or scene (2 minutes or less) and we will re-work it for film after a demonstration and discussion of film technique.

Thursday, July 9th from 6-7 PM: Character Construction! – Dee Selmore

Join us for this one-hour Workshop full of tips and tricks to help you pull a character from the pages of a script out into the real world! Don’t miss this quick lesson by FAMU and FSU Master’s Program graduate Demetria “Dee” Selmore, recently seen portraying the notable character of Matron “Mama” Morton in FSU’s Chicago, among her other credits in shows such as Raisin in the Sun, Footloose, Skeleton Crew, and of course SSC’s Zombie Shakespeare! All ages and abilities welcome!

Thursday, July 23rd from 6-7 PM: Intro to Improv Workshop – Tamara Rozofsky

Join local writer, performer, and storyteller, Tamara Rozofsky, graduate of The Second City’s Sketch Writing and Conservatory programs and iO Theatre’s improvisation program in this refresher on the Basics of Improv.


‘A Town Divided’ looks into Tallahassee’s racial dynamics


A unique Southern Shakespeare Company production will examine the racial divides in Tallahassee through a performance event sponsored by Tallahassee Community College as part of their African-American History Month Calendar and with grant support from the Council on Cultural Arts, State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Hagen Family Foundation, and the Leon County School Board.

“A Town Divided,” an original production based loosely on William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 12 and 13 at Turner Auditorium. The 55-minute one-act play is written from interviews and stories from Tallahassee residents.

The production invites participants to examine their own biases and prejudices in an effort to raise social awareness, increase tolerance, and bridge the divide through cross-racial dialogue.

There will be a special opening night reception and silent auction sponsored by Black History Month Festival at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12.

The play is directed by Bert Mitchell and contains mature subject matter.

There will be opportunities for Leon County School students to experience this event with daytime performances sponsored by the Leon County School Board. To schedule a school visit (to be held at TCC Feb. 12-14), contact Robin Jackson at robin@southernshakes.org.

Tickets for the Wednesday Opening Night Reception and Auction (which includes the performance) are $25. General admission for the performance (only) Wednesday and Thursday are $15 and $10 for students/seniors. For ticket information, contact Southern Shakespeare Company at laura@southernshakes.org.

The Friday matinee show or Leon County School students will feature a special talk-back session which will include local officials and leaders, with an introduction by TCC President Jim Murdaugh.

The moderator will be Andrea Oliver and panelists will be Mayor John E. Dailey, Commissioner Curtis Richardson, Commissioner Kristin Dozier, Sheriff Walt McNeil, Dr. Kermit Harrison, Christic A. Henry, Marcus Nicolas, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, TCC; Contributing Writer and Editor, A Town Divided, Bert Mitchell, Director, A Town Divided and Cast of A Town Divided.

If you go

What: “A Town Divided”

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12-13

Where: TCC’s Turner Auditorium, 444 Appleyard Drive

Tickets: $25-10; visit southernshakespearefestival