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The mission of Voices of the South as a theatre company is to create, produce, and perform unique theatre from diverse Southern perspectives.

The four main outlets for providing our Mid-South community with art that lifts our spirits and expands our horizons are:

  • The creation of new works of theatre from the likes of Jerre Dye and Elaine Blanchard: Voices of the South serves as a cultural incubator for new theatrical works because a city without an incubator for new work is not a culturally rich city.
  • Narrative Theatre pieces that use the original text, word for word, allowing the audience to use their imaginations while exposing them to acclaimed literary works.
  • Sister Myotis, a unique character created and performed by Steve Swift. Sister has appeared both in Memphis and Off-Broadway in June 2010 in New York. Her YouTube exposure has gained more than 3.5 million hits.
  • The Memphis Children’s Theatre Festival has continued to cultivate and nurture diverse audiences for 11 years. The mission of the Festival is to create an exciting atmosphere in which children, families, and the entire community can attend innovative theatrical performances and participate in free, arts-oriented activities that foster the imagination. The Festival provides Memphis and surrounding areas with a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the work of Mid-South artists. It promotes arts awareness and helps build a stronger, more invigorated community.
 

Voices of the South Celebrates 20 Years!

As part of the Memphis arts community:

  • We have produced 72 productions, 61 of which were debuts of original scripts.
  • We have performed locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • We have continually toured into area schools with productions and as teaching artists.
  • We have initiated an annual internship program with the University of Memphis Department of Theatre & Dance so that we may continue the legacy of the unique narrative form with the next generation – cultivating their own theatrical voices in the community.
  • We have partnered with other community organizations to strengthen the artistic bonds and collaborative spirit inherent in theatre. (The University of Memphis, Rhodes College, The Orpheum Theatre, Shelby County Schools, Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, Project:Motion, Citizens to Preserve Overton Park, and many more.)
  • We co-produced Sister Myotis’s Bible Camp in New York City with The Abingdon Theatre.
  • We were commissioned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to create Wild Legacy to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • And of course, we have found a permanent home at TheatreSouth in the Cooper-Young neighborhood of Memphis. 
 
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