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 (Jaques) as well as 400: Shakespeare Feast, Unto the Breach, The Glass Menagerie, and The Taming of the Shrew. He played the title role in TSC’s Richard III two years ago, and he has directed TSC’s All’s Well That Ends Well, Twelfth Night, 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. At the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, he directed the world premiere of The Stone Face and 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, as well as Vita & Virginia, My Own Stranger, and The Fiery Rain. Other regional theatre: Seattle Shakespeare, Georgia Shakespeare, 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, author of the play Quintessence, and teaches Shakespeare master classes for all ages. Memphis Magazine has named him among the “Who’s Who in Memphis” for four consecutive years, 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 is the proud dad of six-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. USA Today named Mr. Bluestein as one of the top forty teachers in the United States in 1998. Until his retirement in 2013, he served as chair of the Germantown High School Fine Arts Department; as artistic director of the school’s theatre, the Poplar Pike Playhouse; and as executive producer for the school’s three-million-dollar, Emmy Award-winning television studio. Graduates from his program include Saturday Night Live star Chris Parnell; film, television, and stage actress Missi Pyle; Emmy-winning casting director (Desperate Housewives & NYPD Blue) Scott Genkinger; NPR reporter Debbie Elliott; Tennessee Shakespeare Company founder and producing artistic director Dan McCleary; and Blue Man Group actor Wes Day. Mr. Bluestein is a past winner of the American Theatre Association’s John C. Barner Award, and has served as an arts advisory panelist for numerous organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent several years as director of shows at Opryland, USA, and he most recently wrote and directed the national touring production of Beale Street Saturday Night starring blues legend Joyce Cobb. In 2013, Mr. Bluestein was inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame in Minneapolis.
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 Henry V, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015) Romeo and Juliet (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (2012, 2013), Southern Yuletide, and the touring shows Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Shake(s), Rattle, and Roll, Shakespeare Said It, and Lend me thy Sword! Onstage, she performed the Countess in All’s Well that Ends Well, the female role in Unto the Breach and Gertrude in Hamlet. In addition, Ms. Shine serves as the annual Gala’s Auctioneer and curates the material for and directs TSC’s Literary Salons.
Ms. Shine is the former Artistic Director of Seattle Shakespeare Company, a position she held for 13 years. For SSC, she directed and/or produced countless productions. Other directorial credits include The Taming of the Shrew and The Comedy of Errors for Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the award-winning one-woman internationally touring Marilyn Monroe Biopic, Marilyn: Forever Blonde and several new works for Seattle’s Book-It Repertory Theatre. Her production of I am of Ireland (which she also conceived and adapted) opened Book-It’s 25th Anniversary Season in September of 2014.
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 additional Shakespearean roles include Juliet, Rosalind, Lady Macbeth, Beatrice, Regan, Feste, Kate, Bianca, Dionyza, The Princess of France, Hero, Perdita, and The Chorus in Henry V.
Ms. Shine is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts where she was mentored by Shakespearean great, Cal Winn. She earned her BFA at the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program under Bob Hobbs. She is currently in pursuit of her MFA at the University of Memphis. Her greatest role is that of mother to Conor, Cahillane, Sullivan, and Collins.
Carmen-maria Mandley began loving Shakespeare working with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre while she was still in high school, and by the age of 21 was directing for their Young Company. She began acting, directing, and teaching for Shakespeare & Company in 1996, training and working within their Fall Festival of Shakespeare, nation-wide residencies, and summer productions. She then was named Education Director at the Raleigh Little Theatre in NC, where she produced school tours for 25,000 children yearly, a youth playwriting festival, and a resident teen service organization. She is the founding Artistic Director of Bare Theatre and the Nickel Shakespeare Girls in Raleigh, NC, as well as Bare Portland in Maine. In her first year in Raleigh, Carmen was chosen for the “Who To Watch in the Arts” award from the Raleigh News and Observer. Her productions of Much Ado About Nothing, Titus Andronicus, and her shadow-signed production of Mother Hicks were awarded best productions. She transitioned to Portland Stage in Maine in 2014 as Education Director and Literary Manager, and took over as Director of Training at the Acorn Adult acting Academy in Portland in 2015. Her productions of Macbeth, The Amish Project, Julius Caesar, and The Ballad of Daphnis and Chloe were all named top ten productions by The Portland Phoenix and The Portland Press Herald. She is a proud member of Theater Ensemble of Color in Portland. Carmen attended National-Louis University in Chicago, and continued her training at Shakespeare & Company and at the Dell’ Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She is a published poet and a produced playwright, and she is thrilled to be in Memphis working for TSC.
Company and Box Office Manager
Laura Daniels is a native Memphian and comes to TSC with over ten years of office management experience. She received her B. A. in English with a minor in Journalism from the University of Alaska – Fairbanks. In her spare time, Laura enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, and reading. She is married and a mother to one son, three cats, and one dog.
Marketing/Sales Associate & Resident Artist
Jillian Barron is a native Illinoisan who moved to Memphis in 2013 after receiving her B.A. in Theatre Performance and French Literature and Culture from Union University. Past Credits: Byhalia, MS at Playhouse on the Square (Ostrander Nomination), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at GCT (Ostrander Nomination), and In Search of Tonto Goldstein at The Women’s Theatre Festival of Memphis (Global Premiere). She thanks her wonderful and supportive parents, Jim and Tricia Barron, and her darling husband, Zach Williams.
Zach Williams recently performed in TSC’s Mainstage production of The Comedy of Errors having previously appeared in several staged readings. His less recent productions include As You Like It, Twelfth Night, A Party to Murder, and an Ostrander Award for music direction in the Good Woman of Setzuan. When not on stage, Zach enjoys gardening, painting, and filming. He is a recent graduate of University of Memphis with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. Zach would like to thank his parents, his friends, and his lovely wife, Jillian, for making love a madness worth having. “Enjoy the music, enjoy the show, and may you always find friends if in a strange land.”
Cara McHugh Geissler
Romeo and Juliet Project Manager; Education Associate
Cara McHugh Geissler has served as both the Education Manager and as a Journeyman Artist-Manager for TSC. Cara played Biondello in TSC’s Taming of the Shrew and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. She received her M.F.A. in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville in 2013 and her B.A. in Theatre and Political Science from Murray State University in 2009. While in Louisville, Cara taught children’s theatre at Encore Youth Theatre and at Adelante Hispanic Achievers. She also taught for both the University of Louisville and Spalding University. Cara served on the Board for The Bard’s Town Theatre in Louisville, where she performed in Misses Strata, Reasons to Be Pretty, and Just Like Life. Cara’s new favorite role is playing mom to her little boy, Brantley.
Cathy Caldwell (Bookkeeper) is a native Memphian who has worked in bookkeeping, billing, customer service, and operations analysis in small businesses and a Fortune 500 corporation. This is her first experience working for a non-profit, and she loves the creative and collaborative spirit of Tennessee Shakespeare Company. She is proud to bring her skill set to this visionary organization.