Darion McCloud is an actor, director, storyteller, educator, arts activist, and children’s literature advocate from Columbia, SC. He founded and serves as Creative Director of both the NiA Theatre Company and Story Squad. He is a company member of Trustus Theatre and the SC Shakespeare Company and a Riley Institute Diversity Fellow. McCloud is a formally trained visual artist with a BA in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina who found his way to the stage through telling stories. McCloud has committed his life to the transforming power of art and enjoys crafting theatre experiences for the old, young, the initiated, and the un-initiated.