The Tennessee stage is set for stellar performances. Some unfold under the stars. Some happen with highjinks, high kicks, high drama, or noble intentions. All are full-tilt entertaining and enlightening.

In Tennessee’s oldest town, Jonesborough, the National Storytelling Festival, now more than 40 years old and acclaimed as one of the Top 100 Events in North America, has sparked a renaissance of storytelling across the country.

Jonesborough’s endorsement of the traditional art form has been the inspiration for storytelling festivals and events all over the world. Nearby in Johnson CityEast Tennessee State University offers a Masters of Arts in Storytelling, one of the world’s select few graduate programs in storytelling. 

At Shakespeare in the Square and other events, a blanket or lawn chair is all you need to view the free under-the-summer-stars performances on Market Square in Knoxville. Children enjoy these outdoor performances as much as they enjoy the on-stage action in our children's theaters

In Middle Tennessee, the Roxy Regional Theatre, a renovated 1947 movie palace, is home to a live professional theater company and a gem in the Clarksville cultural scene. Nashville’s Great Performances at Vanderbilt offers a diverse, comprehensive season package, from venerable to hilarious, in its selection of performances. The Nashville Shakespeare Festival produces two major events each year: Shakespeare in the Park is an evening of exciting and invigorating theater under the stars in Centennial Park, and Winter Shakespeare performances play at Bill & Carole Troutt Theater at Belmont University. As a regional flagship theater, the Tennessee Repertory Theatre creates quality professional theater in various venues around Music City.

The Jackson Theatre Guild is a nonprofessional community theater in West Tennessee, promisig extraordinary shows in the West Tennessee Cultural Arts CenterPlayhouse on the Square in Memphis, a professional live theater, produces a diverse repertoire of theatrical work that speaks to the intelligence, the soul and the imagination of the Memphis community. TheatreWorks is a Memphis cooperative where six different theater companies produce plays, with several productions on tap each month.


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