Cady McClain is a two-time Emmy award winner for her roles as “Dixie Martin” on ABC’s “All My Children” and as “Rosanna Cabot on CBS’s “As the World Turns.” She recently completed a year run as “Kelly Andrews” on CBS’s The Young and The Restless, for which she received an Emmy pre-nomination.
Ms. McClain has worked extensively as an actor in film, night time television, and theater. Independent films include the GI FF award winning “Soldier’s Heart,” detailing the life long struggles of PTSD, and “Home Movie,” a psychological thriller released through IFC. Other film credits of note include the Hampton’s Film Festival “Golden Starfish” nominated film “Alma Mater” and “Retreat.” Television credits include “Law and Order SVU,” “Cheers” and “St. Elsewhere.” For a full resume please visit IMDB.
Her memoir, Murdering My Youth, an in-depth look into life as a child actor, 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 88 five-star reviews on Amazon.
Ms. McClain is now pursuing her life-long love of directing. Her first short film, Flip Fantasia, enjoyed acceptance into the Macon Film Festival. This year, her second short film, “The World of Albert Fuh,” premiered at the LA Indie Film Festival, had its East coast premiere at the SOHO International Film Fest. She recently was awarded an “Honorable Mention”as “Best Director” by the Los Angeles Film Review, and an “Award of Merit” by the Best Shorts Film Festival. Other “behind the camera” credits include working as an associate producer on the festival award-winning film “How We Got Away With It,” (now enjoying full distribution), 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.
In addition to writing music, poetry, her blog, and online articles for various outlets, Cady also enjoys occasionally doing 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.
During her 25 years living in New York City, Ms. McClain enjoyed performing in historic productions such as playing “Lady” in David Ives’ “The Red Address” at Second Stage, as well as “Hero” in Much Ado at Lincoln Center Theater, and “Adriana” in Comedy of Errors at the Hudson Guild.
Cady loves the experimental theater world and in addition to performing in a one-woman show of Wallace Stevens poetry at Here, 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 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, at the Elizabeth Seton Center 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 “As the World Turns” production staff to help local St. Lucian’s develop radio dramas to promote social change.
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 Scaramento Bee, Brooklyn Papers, Agenc, Tulsa World, MedWest Beat, Imagine, Rocky Mountain News, The Jamaica Gleaner, Brooklyn Papers, and Country Weekly.
She is married to actor/filmmaker Jon Lindstrom.