Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Dan McCleary is a native Memphian and a graduate of Germantown High School and its Poplar Pike Playhouse. Dan directed and acted in TSC’s inaugural production of As You Like It as well as The Glass Menagerie and The Taming of the Shrew. He directed TSC’s Hamlet, The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged), and Themes from a Midsummer Night with IRIS Orchestra. He also has directed critically-acclaimed productions of As You Like It at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, The Servant of Two Masters outdoors in downtown Atlanta and at Seattle Shakespeare Company, and All’s Well That Ends Well at Georgia Shakespeare Festival. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he has directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and has played the title roles in Antony and Cleopatra and Richard III, Brutus in Julius Caesar, Porfiry in Crime and Punishment, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew, and Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor. As Associate Artistic Director at Shakespeare & Company in the Berkshires, Dan acted in and directed over 30 productions, appearing as Coriolanus, Macbeth, Herman Melville, Stephano, Don Armado, Hotspur, Master Ford, Bertram, and Antipholus/Dromio of Ephesus. He directed S&Co’s first production of The Servant of Two Masters, also his own adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s Henry & June, Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other Regional/New York theatre: Merrimack Rep, North Shore Music Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, StageWest, Alabama Shakespeare, Arden Theatre, Studio 4-A, and Huntington Theatre.
Dan is a published poet and teaches Shakespeare master classes around the country. Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” each year from 2009-12, and the Germantown Arts Alliance honored him with its 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal for Performing Arts. He holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University. Dan and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of four-year-old twin boys, Sullivan and Collins.
E. Frank Bluestein
E. Frank Bluestein is the 1996-1997 Disney National Performing Arts Teacher of the Year and the 1994 Tennessee Teacher of the Year. In October of 1998, USA Today named Frank as one of the top 40 teachers in the United States. He is a past winner of the American Theatre Association's John C. Barner Award, a national award given to one secondary school teacher whose theatre program is judged most exemplary for the year. He has served as an arts advisory panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the College Board Arts Advisory Committee, the Council of Chief State School Officers, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. Frank is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. Each summer he assumes the role of managing director of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a nationally-recognized statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN. He has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's “Who's Who in Memphis” poll, and was presented a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
At Germantown High School, which he retired from in 2013, Frank served as the chairman of the school's Fine Arts Department. He was the founder and director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also served as executive producer for Germantown Community Television (GHS-TV), the school's three-million-dollar educational television facility. In 1984 he helped the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the Rockefeller Brothers Fun Arts in Education Award. Under Frank's leadership, Germantown Community Television received over 125 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and was named ten times by the Alliance for Community Media as the Best Community Access Station in the USA. The station has been recognized with regional Emmy and Cable Ace Award nominations. Frank also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and led his team of teachers and scores of students to win two national student Emmys for sports (2004) and writing (2007) as well as 28 regional first-place student Emmy awards. He has served as a director of shows at Opryland, USA, and most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend, Joyce Cobb. He is a frequent speaker and writer on arts-related issues.
General Manager and Education Director
Stephanie Shine (Co-Productions and Education Director) spent 18 years with Seattle Shakespeare Company, 13 as Artistic Director, before departing in June of 2011 to join her husband in Memphis and the staff of Tennessee Shakespeare Company. For Seattle Shakespeare, she directed 17 productions, including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew. Her other directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet for Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival; I Am of Ireland (which she also conceived and adapted) for Book-It Repertory Theatre; Love's Labor's Lost for Cornish College of the Arts; A Christmas Carol (also adapted) for Bainbridge Performing Arts; Romeo and Juliet for Seattle University, When the Messenger is Hot for Theater Schmeater, and the international award-winning one-woman Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde. A well-known actress in the Northwest, she has performed for Seattle Repertory Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, ACT, The Empty Space, Seattle Children's Theatre, Book-It Repertory Theatre, and Tacoma Actors Guild. Regionally, she appeared with the Oregon and New Jersey Shakespeare Festivals, Houston's Alley Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and NYC's Theatre for a New Audience. Her Shakespeare roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and most recently The Chorus in Henry V. Ms. Shine is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the robust young company Shakespeare Walla Walla in Washington State, and she is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins.
Company and Box Office Manager
Harvey Kay first discovered Tennessee Shakespeare Company as a High School English, Rhetoric, and History teacher at Westminster Academy in Memphis, TN. He hosted workshops, took his students to TSC matinees, and fell in love with its mission. Harvey is also a veteran teacher of Collegiate School of Memphis and a long-time Memphian. He lives in the Evergreen neighborhood of Memphis with his wife, Andrea and his two children, Harvey and Tess. He has a B.A from the University of Tennessee with a major in History and a minor in Religious Studies.
Education Manager and Resident Artist
Slade Kyle is a founding company member of Tennessee Shakespeare Company. TSC credits: As You Like It (Oliver, Fight Choreographer), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck/Philostrate, Fight Director), Othello (Fight Director), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio/Prince/Friar John/Gregory, Tour Production Manager, Fight Director), Macbeth (Malcolm, Fight Director), Romeo and Juliet Schools Tour (Friar Lawrence/Mercutio/Peter/Abram, Tour Production Manager, Fight Director), The Tempest (Fight Director), The Glass Menagerie (Tom), Shake(s), Rattle, & Roll (male lead, Tour Production Manager), and Romeo and Juliet (Nurse/Tybalt). Slade directed Germantown High School students in Prelude Scenes performed prior to each performance of Julius Caesar, Othello, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, The Tempest, Complete Works (abridged), and Hamlet.
A former SEWA Professional Wrestler (two-time Tag Team Champion, Light Heavyweight Champion, Organization-wide Fight Choreographer), Slade is well versed in many forms of Stage Combat and serves as TSC’s resident Fight Director. Slade graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Memphis with a BFA in Theatre Performance with concentrations in Physical Theatre and Theatre Pedagogy. Slade has been a regular Fight Director and Teaching-Artist for numerous theatres, schools and conferences throughout the Mid-South. His teaching specialties include Stage Combat, Shakespeare, and Mask Performance. Slade has also appeared on television, film, in print, and on the runway.
Nancy Wright has provided bookkeeping services for small businesses in both the private and public arena for more than 20 years. She obtained her B.S. from UT Knoxville.