Ms. McClain has worked extensively 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 is 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 also a writer, director, and producer. This year her short film, “The World of Albert Fuh,” won Best Comedy Drama Short at the Indie Gathering Festival, was accepted into the SOHO International Film Fest, the LA Indie Film Fest, awarded an Honorable Mention for “Best Director” by the Los Angeles Film Review, and received an Award of Merit by the Best Shorts Film Festival.
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), and many more.
Narrator Cady McClain is extraordinary here, her diction perfect, her performance of every sentence thoughtful, unforced, yet hyper vigilant. ~Audiophile
In addition, she directed four out of six days for her first online web series, Venice, to be released at the end of the year. She also took over the part of Logan, acting while directing a full day. This gave her invaluable insight into the tools a director for hire can use to overcome any obstacle, and still have fun!
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.
This year with her new production company, “Devil in the Machine,” she is creating a new piece of Video Installation Art/Film/Web Series on feminism and women’s rights, a documentary on female directors, producing a short film for a new multi-cultural production company in Los Angeles, Executive Producing an Asian/American piece of experimental theater in New York, and founding an L.A. based Diverse/Gender Equal short film festival set for 2016 called “One Night Only.”
Her memoir, “Murdering My Youth,” an in-depth look into life as a child actor and her struggles to survive an alcoholic family system, 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.
Although a Los Angeles native, during her 25 years living in New York City, Ms. McClain enjoyed performing in historic theatrical productions 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. Wallace Shawn once followed her down the street to talk about her hat.
Her education includes formal acceptance and study at NYU, SVA, and The New School for Public Engagement. Unable to follow a traditional path, she bounced from school to school, studying 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 is a proud member of Film Fatales, the Alliance of Women Directors (AWD), Film Independent, WiMPS, and Women in Film.
She has red hair, but sometimes she’s blonde. Sometimes it’s long and sometimes it’s short. She wears glasses but some days, does not.