Ms. McClain worked for over 30 years as an actor in film, television, and theater. Independent films 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.” She was a two time Emmy winner for her roles on “All My Children” (Best Juvenile, 1991) and “As the World Turns” (Best Supporting, 2004).
Ms. McClain is now a writer, director, and producer.
For the past year she has been shooting interviews for her documentary on women who direct film and television: Seeing is Believing: Women Direct. So far she has interviewed Sarah Gavron (Suffragette), Anne Makepeace (documentarian), Dorothy Canton (Mad Riot Productions), Meera Menon (dir. Equity) Leah Meyerhoff (founder Film Fatales), 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 Kernocahn, one of the highest grossing female directors in film Betty Thomas (Dr Doolittle, The Brady Bunch Movie), and many more.
In 2016 she produced Val-en-tina, a short film for a new multi-cultural production company in Los Angeles starring her husband Jon Lindstrom; She also Executive Produced an Asian/American piece of experimental theater in New York called “Ghost Light: The Haunting,” and produced/founded an L.A. based Diverse/Gender Equal short film festival set for 2016 called “One Night Only.”
Also in 2016, she produced and directed the trailer for a short film by Carlotta Summers called “Butterflies,” which explores the life of an ordinary girl who is being bullied in school and will be shooting the short film version in May of 2017.
In addition, she directed nine out of thirteen days for her first online web series, Venice the Series, for which she was honored with a Daytime Drama Web Series Emmy Nomination. She also jumped in and took over the part of Logan, usually played by Emmy winner Mary Beth Evans, for two days, acting while directing a full day with 7 unique set changes. This gave her invaluable insight into the tools a director for hire can use to overcome any obstacle, and still have fun!
In 2015 her short film, “The World of Albert Fuh,” 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.
Her first short film, “Flip Fantasia,” enjoyed acceptance into the Macon Film Festival and gained a remarkable FB cult following of over 80K. 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) 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.) Cady also enjoys making videos as her 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 2013.
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. In one year, her book has received wide acclaim and 97 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Cady also does audio books, and won a “Best 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
During her 25 years living in New York City, Ms. McClain 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, creatively 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.
Her education includes formal acceptance and study at NYU, SVA, and The New School for Public Engagement. Unable to follow a traditional program of study, Cady chose subjects such as international literature, fine art drawing and painting, art history, writing, and creative arts therapy. Combining elements from all her studies, Cady created a workshop she calls “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 The Wisdom House in Litchfield, CT, the Elizabeth Seton Center for Women in NYC, and the 2014 “Write the Dream” conference in Kansas City, where she was also the keynote speaker.
Nationally, Ms. McClain has been invited to discuss how daytime drama can impact social issues at the PCI (now PMC) Entertainment Summit in Washington D.C., and was 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 enjoyed hosting the Palm Beach International Film Festival in 2002, and in 2016 was elected to the board of The Chimaera Project, a not-for-profit that grants funds to visionary women filmmakers.
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 Jon Lindstrom.