Jonesborough’s endorsement of the traditional art form has been the inspiration for storytelling festivals and events all over the world. Nearby in Johnson City, East 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 Center. Playhouse 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.