Greenville Shakespeare Co. celebrates 17th Production, 21st Year

In 1995, BJU Theatre Arts faculty member Jeff Stegall founded the Greenville Shakespeare Company. Recently, they completed their 21st season. Here's a bit about their mission and work: 

Greenville Shakespeare Company is a nonprofit organization seeking to provide family friendly, high quality, accessible productions primarily of Shakespeare—but also other classic works of literature. GSC’s goals are to share these works through educational enrichment opportunities as a real-life complement to literature studies. GSC is also committed to providing opportunities, training, and internships to young artists.

Having worked speech and drama camps for years, GSC founder Jeffrey Stegall decided that the students would benefit from seeing a live stage production during their week at camp. Pooling the talents of colleagues and former students, he directed Love’s Labor’s Lost in 1995. “Summer Shakespeare”—the theatre arm of GSC—was born.

In 2009 GSC received 501(c)3 status as a nonprofit organization.

Since then GSC has collaborated with artists in Travelers Rest, Greer, and downtown Greenville, providing one-person shows, educational outreaches, and summer camps through the parks and recreation department. GSC has performed at the Upcountry History Museum, the Greenville Country Art Museum, the Spinning Jenny, various Greenville Country Parks, and at Overshadowed Theatrical Productions in Itasca, Illinois.