The story of Voices of the South with ArtsMemphis playing a supporting role...
Voices is a thriving company of ten actors that has performed nationally and internationally, but still calls Memphis its home!
Voices of the South is a non-profit theatre company that creates, produces and performs original works and adaptations of literature from diverse Southern perspectives. Here’s their story and the supporting roles that ArtsMemphis has played throughout their history.
Playhouse on the Square, an ArtsMemphis grantee, serves as a fundraising umbrella for Voices until it receives its own nonprofit status in 1998.
Voices becomes a resident company at TheatreWorks, an ArtsMemphis grantee and incubator for emerging artists and performing arts groups that providess low cost office, rehearsal and performance space.
Pre-sent Pres-sent, Voices' annual holiday show premieres at Theatre South. Sister Myotis makes her debut as a monologue during the show. Conceived and performed by Voices of the South Managing Director Steve Swift, Sister Myotis is a character who now has three original shows to her name that have been performed locally and as far away as Edinburgh, New York and Chicago.
The first Memphis Children's Theatre Festival takes place in Midtown, moving to Rhodes College in 2007. The festival is a testament to the collaborative nature of Memphis' theatre community. Annually, there are 300 artist and over 2,000 attendees. Voices has received $14,500 in funding from ArtsMemphis to support the festival.
Voices receives a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create and perform Wild Legacy, an adaptation by Gloria Baxter to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It has been performed locally and toured across the country.
Voices receives its largest grant yet from ArtsMemphis - $20,000 - to enhance its permanent space at First Congregational Church, TheatreSouth, into a fully-equipped theatre. ArtsMemphis connects Voices with AutoZone through ArtsZone grant making partnership. Voices receives $2,500 to support its 9th Annual Children's Theatre Festival, which will take place in 2014.
Voices 20th season will include innovative collaborations with Opera Memphis and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra.