Ms. McClain is a two-time Emmy Award winning, six-time nominated actress, two-time Emmy nominated director, producer, and writer. She has worked for over 30 years in film, television, and theater.
Independent films as an actor include Soldier’s Heart, Home Movie (released through IFC), Alma Mater, and Retreat. Studio films include My Favorite Year and Pennies From Heaven. Television credits include Law and Order SVU, Cheers, and St. Elsewhere.
During her 25 years living in New York City, Ms. McClain was a two-time Emmy winner for her roles on All My Children (Best Juvenile, 1991) and As the World Turns (Best Supporting, 2004). She additionally enjoyed performing in historic theatrical productions Off-Broadway such as David Ives’ The Red Address at Second Stage, Much Ado About Nothing at Lincoln Center Theater, and A Comedy of Errors at the Hudson Guild. In addition to performing in a one-woman show of Wallace Stevens poetry called Inventions of Farewell at the Here Theater in NYC, she is particularly proud of a short one-woman show she wrote, produced, co-directed, and starred in called Mona7, which dealt with the after affects of abuse on a young woman through collaged video by Tal Yarden, surrealist word play, and viewpoints movement.
For the past three years she has been working on a documentary about women who direct called Seeing is Believing: Women Direct. Interviews include Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), Anne Makepeace (documentarian), Dorothy Canton (Mad Riot Productions), Lesli Linka Glatter (Homeland, Mad Men), Bethany Rooney (Pretty Little Liars, co-author Directors Tell the Story), Joanna Kerns (Jane the Virgin), Jann Turner (Chicago Fire), Jon Wells (ER, West Wing), Oscar winner Lee Grant, 2 time Oscar winner Sarah Kernochan, Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Betty Thomas (Dr. Doolittle, The Brady Bunch Movie), and many more.
In April of 2017 the 28 minute version of the doc received a Jury Award at its premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival. Encouraged by the festivals to make it longer, a 58 minute version received the Audience Award in August 2017 for Best Full Length Film at it’s premiere at the SOHO International Film Festival. It has gone on to win four other “Best Documentary” awards and played at respected festivals such as the St Louis Film Festival, the Oxford Film Festival, High Falls Film Festival, and more. Further encouraged by distributors to make the film a full length feature, she has completed a 84 minute version which will be premiering the fall of 2018 at a leading film festival in the midwest. See website for a complete list and to view trailer: Seeing is Believing: Women Direct
Other directing credits include the short film Butterflies (Winner Best Short Film and Best Actress in a Short Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the Kew Gardens Film Festival) ; Venice the Series, for which she was honored with two Daytime Drama Web Series Emmy Nominations for Directing (2017 and 2018); The Missing Piece (Winner Best Ensemble and Best Supporting Actress at the Movies by Kids Awards at FOX Studios) and The Last Day for Kids in the Spotlight; and Paint Made Flesh, a play she produced, directed, and filmed multi-camera live in NYC.
Earlier directing work includes the short film “The World of Albert Fuh,” which premiered at the SOHO International Film Fest, won Best Comedy Drama Short at the Indie Gathering Festival, was an official selection of the LA Indie Film Fest, was awarded an Honorable Mention for “Best Director” by the Los Angeles Film Review, an “Honorable Mention” from the SaMoIndie FF, and received an Award of Merit by the Best Shorts Film Festival; and the short film, Flip Fantasia, which enjoyed acceptance into the Macon Film Festival and gained a remarkable FB cult following of over 80K. She also created an original online character Suzy F*cking Homemaker, which was picked up by Prospect Park for additional promotion of it’s online distribution of All My Children.
In the fall of 2018 she began producing Lost Girl’s: Angie’s Story, a narrative film directed by Julia Verdin in conjunction with the NFP “Artists for Change” to help create awareness around the epidemic of sex trafficking in America. Other producing work includes the short film Val-en-tina, starring her husband Jon Lindstrom; an Asian/American piece of experimental theater in New York called Ghost Light: The Haunting, and an L.A. based Diverse/Gender Equal short film festival at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA titled, One Night Only.
Other behind the camera credits include working as an Associate Producer on the festival multi award-winning film How We Got Away With It, (distributed by Devolver Digital Films) and as just about every position other than director or actor on the short film, Discedo, (including special effects makeup, script supervisor, and production assistant.)
As a writer, her memoir, Murdering My Youth, is an in-depth look into life as a child actor and her struggles to survive an alcoholic family system. It was released in the spring of 2014. As a result she was featured in TV Guide and invited to do a feature interview with Cameron Mathison on Entertainment Tonight. The book has received wide acclaim and 113 five-star reviews on Amazon. Always interested in contributing to the wider conversation about topics ranging from women’s issues to national tragedies, she has written articles for The Good Men Project, HLNTV, Policymic, Ms Cheevious, AND Magazine and live blogged the People’s Choice Awards and the Golden Globes.
McClain also is the voice for many audio books, winning an Earphones Audiophile Award and recognition from Entertainment Weekly, Audiophile Magazine, and Publishers Weekly for her reading of Emma Cline’s incredible debut novel The Girls.
Reader McClain is phenomenal, evoking the older Evie’s mature retrospection and struggle to analyze her own emotional state and the motivations of that tumultuous time, as well as the younger Evie’s yearning for acceptance and love and adventure. McClain also creates authentic, memorable voices for the other characters, including the lazy drawl of Suzanne and the seductive madness of Russell. A perfect marriage of text and narrator, this is the kind of audiobook that stays in your mind long after it’s finished. ~Publishers Weekly
Narrator Cady McClain is extraordinary here, her diction perfect, her performance of every sentence thoughtful, unforced, yet hyper vigilant. ~Audiophile Magazine
Education includes formal acceptance and study at NYU, SVA, and The New School for Public Engagement. Studies included international literature, fine art drawing and painting, art history, writing, and creative arts therapy. Some her paintings and collages can be viewed on this site. Combining elements from her studies, Cady created a workshop called Dreaming Into Art. This workshop was developed in order to help both the novice and the thriving professional artist to overcome internal blocks to find the most compelling story within themselves. She has taught this workshop at Johnson County Community College, The Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT, the Elizabeth Seton Center for Women in NYC, and the “Write the Dream” conference (where she was also the keynote speaker) in Kansas City.
Nationally, Ms. McClain has been invited to discuss how narrative stories can impact social issues at the PCI (now PMC) Entertainment Summit in Washington D.C., and was later interviewed by Charlie Rose at a recorded live event as part of her work for RARE. Cady joined this award winning nonprofit organization by taking a trip with the heads of the “As the World Turns” production staff to help local St. Lucian’s develop radio dramas to promote social change. Cady has enjoyed hosting the Palm Beach International Film Festival and the WEHO Women and Leadership Conference, where she discussed the process of being a female filmmaker with guest filmmakers Marianna Palka, Finola Hughes, Li Lu, and Grace Lee.
McClain served for a year on the board of The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit that grants funds to visionary women filmmakers. She currently is the Chairperson for Festival Outreach for the Alliance of Women Directors in Los Angeles. She is currently serving on the Jury for the 2018 Hell’s Half Mile Film Festival.
Cady has been featured in TV Guide Magazine, The Washington Post, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Daily News, The Boston Herald, Time Out NY, Good Housekeeping, McCall’s, Times Picayune, The Palm Beach Post, Mix Monthly, Newsday, AM New York, The Sacramento Bee, Brooklyn Papers, Agency Magazine, Tulsa World, MidWest Beat, Imagine, Rocky Mountain News, The Jamaica Gleaner, Brooklyn Papers, and Country Weekly, to name a few.
Cady was born in Los Angeles, CA and is a 9th generation Californian and is of Mexican heritage on her father’s side (family clip starts 13:16). She is married to actor/director/writer/drummer Jon Lindstrom.