Amy Marie McCleary most recently directed the 2017 special engagement production of Jesus Christ Superstar. She serves as a resident director/choreographer for Prather Entertainment Group where she has helmed over fifty productions as either director/choreographer or choreographer. Favorite credits include the Southwestern Florida premieres of Sister Act, 9 to 5 and Spamalot. She served as a guest director/choreographer for UNCG's production of Hairspray and has a passion for education through the arts. She helped create the musical revues Holly Jolly Christmas and A Swinging' Christmas - creating a Fosse version of The Nutcracker Suite and a tap ballet featuring all nine of Santa's reindeer. For Prather Entertainment Group, Amy has directed/choreographed Joseph ... Dreamcoat, I Love A Piano, Some Enchanted Evening, Hairspray, Footloose, Grease, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical and Cats. Other credits include The Music Man and 9 to 5 (The Little Theatre on the Square), and Ain't Misbehavin' (The Herb Struass Theatre). Her extensive work as a choreographer includes productions of Peter Pan, Cabaret, High School Musical, All Shook Up, The King and I, Les Miserables, Shrek, Annie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and the 2009/2010 National Tour of The Wedding Singer. Amy graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts (CAP21) with the highest honors in Theatre.
Hi, I'm Amy Marie McCleary. I'm a mom, a director, a choreographer and a champion of the art of musical theatre. I began choreographing at the age of six, winning "Best Original Choreography" at my local dance studio. As with most of my pieces the late 1980's, I ended with a back walkover into the splits. Soon I progressed to staging full lip-synced productions of "Les Miserables" and "Cats" in my parent's den. At the age of 13 I went professional - choreographing thirty fifth graders in their elementary school production of "The Wizard of Oz". The poppy ballet was pretty epic.
In high school I continued choreographing and took over the drama department; writing, directing and choreographing a 1940's musical revue when the drama teacher backed out of the spring musical. Armed with the experience of convincing teenage boys to put on sailor suits and imitate Gene Kelly, I headed to New York to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Out of college, I began to work with Prather Entertainment Group, starring as Bombalurina in CATS, Velma in CHICAGO, Lola in DAMN YANKEES and Gladys in THE PAJAMA GAME just to name a few. Soon I began to work with the company as a choreographer and in 2007 I was named "resident choreographer". My directorial debut soon followed and since then I've gotten to put my spin on a shows ranging from Sister Act to Hairspray to Cats to The Buddy Holly Story.
I started in this business as a chorus girl so my directorial style comes from creating the world first and giving each actor my equal attention as a facet of the story. I'm very much about focus and finding the role each actor plays within the world. As a result, I've found that I am "an actor's director" and have a knack at creating a great ensemble connection that spreads from the rehearsal room onto the stage.
My movement style is always character based and works to propel the storyline forward with special attention to time period and the confines of the world being created. I love stepping out of the box with style and vision. My individual dance style combines a love of ballet, Fosse and contemporary street. I'm equally at home with a romantic pas de deux in the The Music Man or the poppy hip hop of High School Musical . And a good old fashioned Weimer era club scene makes me weak at the knees.
I'm a champion of education and thrive on working with young professionals. And as a working mother, I'm a self proclaimed feminist who encourages tenacity and leadership in the young women I have the honor of working with on a daily basis. I hope my legacy is to encourage and enlighten other artists in the best way possible - through excellent work that has vision and heart.