Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Dan McCleary+ (Founder and Producing Artistic Director) 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 (Jaques) and The Glass Menagerie; and he directed TSC’s The Tempest, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, all-female Julius Caesar, Othello, and Themes from a Midsummer Night. 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 serves on the City of Germantown’s Telecommunications Committee, and holds a B.A. in Advertising and Journalism from Temple University. Dan and his wife Stephanie are the proud parents of two-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 Mr. Bluestein one of the top 40 teachers in the United States.
Frank 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. He is a former president both of the Tennessee Alliance for Arts Education and the Germantown Arts Alliance. Each summer he supervises the theatre division of the Tennessee Arts Academy, a statewide teacher training institute located in Nashville, TN. Frank has twice been named to Memphis Magazine's Who's Who in Memphis poll, and was presented with a community service award for his accomplishments in education by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
At Germantown High School in Germantown, TN, Frank serves as the chairman of the school's Fine Arts Department. He is the founder and director of the school's theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse, and also serves 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 to become one of eight secondary schools in the nation to be chosen to receive the prestigious Rockefeller Brothers Fund Arts in Education Award.
Under Frank's leadership, Germantown Community Television has received over 80 first place Hometown Video USA awards for its programming and has been named seven 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 has also participated in the educational programs of the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and has led his team of teachers and scores of students to win a national student Emmy (2004 National Student Television Award of Excellence) for sports coverage as well as 13 regional first-place student Emmy awards.
Frank 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.
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
Shaleen Cholera (Company and Box Office Manager) has worked with Tennessee Shakespeare Company since the fall of 2010 when he is a 2009 graduate of The University of The South, where he received his degree in Theatre Arts. Other Memphis acting credits: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Threepenny Theatre), Romeo and Juliet (TSC), The Tempest Twelfth Night ( . also was part of The Living Theatre's production of Red Noir (world premiere) by Anne Waldman and Judith Malina.
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 Nights 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, Touring Production Manager, Fight Director), The Tempest (Fight Director), and The Glass Menagerie (Tom). 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. Memphis theatre credits include: Metamorphoses (Orpheus/Eros - regional premier), tick,tick…BOOM! (Michael - first non-Equity production; Theater 4 Theatre), Assassins (John Wilkes Booth), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (El-Fayoumy), Parade (Gov. Jack Slayton), Much Ado About Nothing (Don John), The Writer’s Block (Cullen - originated), The Serpent (Cain). Mid-South credits include: Exhibit This (Michael; Playhouse on the Square), Reno 911: Memphis Crackdown (Trudy Wiegel; The Backyard Players), Pandora’s Box (Zeus; Voices of the South), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy; CBW Theatrical Productions) and Lucky Stiff (Harry; Jackson Theater Guild).
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. Other Fight Directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet (Ballet Memphis), A Delicate Balance (Theater Memphis), Romeo and Juliet (Houston High School), The Beaux Stratagem (Poplar Pike Playhouse), Fences (University of Memphis), Tom Jones (Chrichton College), the films: Delusional Awareness (R&R Studios) and Victor Marx (Flashlight Media Group), and the Harry Potter’s World Exhibition Tour (American Library Association). 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 Teaching-Artist for Tennessee Shakespeare Company, Playhouse on the Square, Theatre Memphis, The Delta Arts Council, New Day Children’s Theatre, and numerous other theatres, schools and conferences throughout the Mid-South. His teaching specialties include Stage Combat, Shakespeare, and Mask Performance. Directing credits: Dear Edwina (New Day Children’s Theatre), The Imaginators (Delta Arts Council), The Aristocats Junior (New Day Children’s Theater) and A Year With Frog and Toad Junior (New Day Children’s Theatre). Slade has also appeared on television (Sim’s Metal Management, FRED’S, AFRTS, Last One Standing – Emerson Drive), film (Victor Marx, Stained, Disturbed, Ritter), in print (Nashville Style, Jackson Sun), and on the runway (Macy’s, Clairol, Bugle Boy).
Ashley Trevathan is delighted to join Tennessee Shakespeare Company. Ashley is originally from Germantown, TN, and has spent over a decade in Los Angeles performing in the theatre and in film/tv as an actor, voice-over artist, and singer. At the Write Act Repertory Theatre Company, Ashley played in Cymbeline, the world premiere of Teshuvah, and was the stage manager for the world premiere of the one-woman play, The Divine Madness of Isabella. Ashley was a company member and Board Secretary for the Culver City Public Theatre, and performed there as part of a singing Greek chorus in Oedipus Rex. Ashley has acted in a number of feature-length films, most notably as Rachel in Bad Reception and as an on-camera spokesperson and host for the FDF Corporation. Her voice-over clients include Microsoft, Ikea, 3M, Ronald McDonald House, Poppy Austin Organics, InTunedOnline, Pandora Radio, NovaTel Systems, Aids Calgary, and Southern Thread Jeans. She also performed with the LA-based a cappella singing group, Top Shelf. With a strong interest in New Media and technology, she has produced and acted in a few web series, such as Occam’s Razor and Dudes in Toyland, and created a number of websites, logos, and graphic designs. Ashley graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Theatre from the Florida State University, with a minor in Russian Language.
Cara McHugh (Journeyman Artist-Manager) is originally from Memphis and received her Bachelor of Arts from Murray State University with a dual major in Theatre and Political Science. Cara then enrolled in the Masters of Fine Arts in Performance program at the University of Louisville, where she graduated in May with a Dean’s Citation in Academic Excellence. Cara performed in UofL's Sleep Rock thy Brain, The Artifacts, Richard III, Plays: A Play, A Perfect Wedding, and How I Learned to Drive. She also performed in Reasons to Be Pretty and Misses Strata at the Bard’s Town Theatre in Louisville, KY, where she served as a Board member. While in Louisville, Cara taught children’s theatre for Encore Youth Theatre and Adelante Hispanic Achievers. Cara is thrilled to be joining TSC to both teach and perform Shakespeare’s works.
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.