Seeking Executive Director for SSC

Soon to enter its seventh season, Southern Shakespeare Company (SSC) is a growing non-profit, professional theatre company based in Tallahassee, Florida with a year-round education mission seeking to make Shakespeare accessible to a diverse audience, cultivate an appreciation of the arts, train theatre artists, and bring free Shakespeare to Cascades Park every Spring.

The Executive Director will manage the organization’s artistic and administrative operations, including marketing/communications, finance, development, and grants. SSC has a small staff with an ensemble of artists working to support the company’s mission.

We are looking for a dynamic leader who has both organizational vision and the skills to strategically execute that vision.

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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.