Darion McCloud


SCAD Designations

SCAC Verified Teaching Artist




  • Theatre
  • Visual Art
  • Literature
  • Folklife/Traditional Arts
  • Storytelling

Geographical Availability

  • Upstate
  • Midlands
  • PeeDee
  • Low Country


Darion McCloud is the cofounder and creative director of the NiA Company. The creator and Captain of Story Squad. A Riley Institute Diversity Fellow and a Leo Twiggs Scholar, a former President of the Friends of African American Art and Culture affiliate Columbia Museum of Art. Darion is a Indie Grits Fellow and a teaching artist as well as a performer and consultant working with students and all age adults. As a professional storyteller he has performed in venues as varied as prisons and Governor’s Mansions though he may be most fond of being the favorite of many school children. Darion’s directing credits include The Whipping Man, Intimate Apparel, Our Lady of 121st Street, Br’er Rabbit, Fat Pig, What’chamacallit!, Knock Me A Kiss. Some favorite roles include Macduff in MacBeth, Othello in Othello, Levee in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Bernard in Boys in the Band, Actor 5 in Transparency of Val, Other in The White Problem among others.