AMDA Faculty since: 2020
Saundra McClain is a two time Ovation Award nominee with over 45 years professional experience in all levels of the theatre discipline. Saundra has performed in numerous films, with several recurring and guest starring roles. Her recurring roles include Hart of Dixie, Ed, Third Watch, As The World Turns and Another World, with guest starring roles on Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, LA Law, The Jury, Wonderland, City Guys, King, Criminal Justice, Third Watch, Strong Medicine, Related, Dirt, The Medium, Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Grey's Anatomy, The Last Tycoon, and Craig of the Creek. Her stage credits on and off Broadway include Seven Guitars, Bubbling Brown Sugar, The Colored Museum, Pericles, Zooman and the Sign and For Colored Girls...,with regional credits for A Raisin in the Sun, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, Look Homeward Angel, Oklahoma!, Queenie Pie, Stop-Kiss, Romeo and Juliet, All's Well That Ends Well, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, From the Mississippi Delta, Joe Turners Come and Gone, Wedding Band and Porgy and Bess.
She has performed at such notable theatres as the Kennedy Center, The Shakespeare Theatre in D.C., Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Alliance Theatre, Alley Theatre, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Two River Theatre, Musical Theatre West, Syracuse Stage, McCarter Theatre, A.R.T., Spoleto Festival, New York Shakespeare Theatre, 2nd Stage, N.E.C., New Federal Theatre, Classic Theatre Company, Hudson Guild, Billie Holiday Theatre, Coconut Grove, A Noise Within and Antaeus Theatre Company. She is a lifetime member of The Actors Studio.
Saundra's directing credits include Breath and Imagination (Virginia Stage and the Colony Theatre), which received numerous Ovation and NAACP Theatre nominations and awards. Other directorial credits include Dancing Lessons, Crumbs from the Table of Joy, The Colored Museum, Bee-Luther-Hatchee Oh Freedom, Prayerville, Intimate Apparel, Ain't Misbehavin', Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, The Fantasticks, In the Continuum, Spunk, Electra, The Women of Plums, Death of a Salesman, Antigone, Dark of the Moon, A Modest Proposal, Harriet's Return, Flyin' West, What I Learned in Paris, The Colored Museum and For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.