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, Education Director, & Gala Coordinator
Stephanie Shine is the creator of The Romeo and Juliet Project as well as a resident artist for TSC. Her TSC directorial credits include Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014), It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Shakespeare's Greatest Hits, and Shake(s), Rattle, And Roll. Onstage, she performed the female role in Unto the Breach and appeared in Hamlet. Ms. Shine also serves as the annual Valentine Gala's Auctioneer.
From 1998 until love brought her to Memphis in 2011, Ms. Shine was the happy Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company. For SSC, she directed 17 productions including The Threepenny Opera, Cyrano de Bergerac, and the lauded all-male Taming of the Shrew. Other directorial credits include, The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the award-winning one-woman Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde.
As an actor, she has performed with The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, NYC's Theatre for a New Audience, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Repertory Theatre, The Alley Theatre in Houston, Arizona Theatre Company, ACT, The Empty Space, and Seattle Children's Theatre among others.
Her Shakespeare roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, The Chorus in Henry V, and Gertrude.
Ms. Shine is a graduate of both the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the University of Washington's Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is the lucky mother of Conor, Cahilan, Sullivan, and Collins. She will return to Seattle this fall to direct her play I am of Ireland which will open the 25th Anniversary season for Book-It Repertory Theatre.
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.
Rachel Brun is thrilled to spend this season with TSC as a Journeyman. She got hooked on the work of TSC last season when she appeared as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet and taught in Memphis schools with The Romeo and Juliet Project. Back in her native city of Seattle, Rachel has appeared in an immersive-found-space production of Attempts on Her Life (The Horse in Motion), Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (Book-It Repertory Theatre), Domesticity (The Town Theater), Calling Nancy Drew (STAGEright), and Brilliant Traces (The Market Theatre). She received her BA from the University of Washington, where her favorite credits include Macbeth (Lady Macduff), August: Osage County (Ivy), Rough Magic (Miranda), Urinetown, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and Stone Cold Dead Serious (Sharice). Film: Dead Body (Ilsa) and The Delicate Art of Birdwatching (Gabriella).
Crash Buist ( is an actor and playwright from Houston. In Texas, he founded and served as artistic director for Lubbock Underground Theatre and Film, a company that produced original works with local filmmakers, playwrights, actors, and directors. With LUTAF, he produced two of his own plays along with nine other original plays and a musical. Crash had his first experience with Shakespeare’s works in college when he played the title role in Henry V directed by Bill Gelber. Along with his rigorous classical acting training at the University of Houston, Crash taught acting to non-major undergraduate students and became an SAFD-certified actor combatant in Unarmed Combat, Single Sword, and Quarterstaff. He has worked as an actor at the Houston Shakespeare Festival and Charlotte Shakespeare Company. His other Shakespeare roles include Berowne in Love’s Labor's Lost, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Charles/Silvius in As You Like It, Sebastian in Twelfth Night, Glendower/Northumberland/Westmoreland in Henry IV, Part 1, and Menas/Diomedes in Antony and Cleopatra. Crash received his BFA from Texas Tech University and his MFA from the University of Houston's Professional Actor Training Program under Jack Young.
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.