Founder
Tennessee Shakespeare Company

Since founding Memphis’ first professional Shakespeare theatre in 2008, Dan McCleary has been on a mission to bring Shakespeare to the masses in Memphis. For 28 years, he has produced, acted, directed and taught Shakespeare’s plays around the country. At his own Tennessee Shakespeare Company, at Shakespeare & Company, and scores of other regional theatres, he has played in and directed over 100 productions, including many title roles. Dan has written several plays on Shakespeare, is a published poet, and is a lifetime artist-manager serving as Director of Marketing, P.R., Development, and Communications, as well as Managing Director.

Dan was named “Who’s Who in Memphis” by Memphis Magazine for four years and received the 2009 Distinguished Arts and Humanities Medal from the Germantown Arts Alliance. He served on the Boards of Herman Melville’s Arrowhead and the City of Germantown’s Telecommunications Commission. Dan is the proud father of 9-year-old twin boys.