Bam! The door to the health and medical class that I intended to take during my ninth grade year at Morrow High School was closed to me, forcing me to choose another. Thank goodness I chose theatre!
Hello! My name is Antonia LaChé McCain. I was born in Mount Holly, New Jersey; and I am your typical navy brat that moved often throughout my childhood. During many a car ride, my mind would wander to far away places. Never in those dreams did it occur to me that I could dream, imagine, and tell stories for the rest of my life. That is until one door slammed in my face and another opened.
Go Bulldogs! I am proud to call the University of Georgia my alma mater. I graduated from UGA as a Theatre and Advertising double major with a Sociology minor. Outside of my coursework, I spent two years on the Black Theatrical Ensemble's executive board as a Drama Troupe Manager, Co-founded the first official theatre for social change student organization; ‘The Justice Agents’, taught workshops at the Oconee Boys & Girls Club, and maintained an active performance career. Years of having my lovely mother and #1 fan constantly reminding me that "education was my job" resulted in me being able to proudly proclaim:"I graduated Cum Laude mama and thanks to you!" Some of my favorite performances were Berniece in The Piano Lesson, Poncia in House of Bernarda Alba, Momweeze in a production of Beth Turner's Sweet Mama Stringbean, Delia in Spunk, Mr. Tumnus in the Rose of Athens Theatre Company's production of Lion Witch, and the Wardrobe, and being cast in the Augusto Boal English world premiere production of The Misadventures of Uncle McBuck.
Theatre of the Oppressed! Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques made me realize the full extent of theatre’s power. Until I was cast in Uncle Mcbuck, I never thought to analyze how theatre impacted me socially or how different I would have been if I had never been exposed to the arts. It hurts my heart to realize how many young people have never been exposed to the arts. Thus, I have made a point to teach myself Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, and add education to my box of tools. Some of my proudest moments are being hired as a Teaching Artist for Forefront Arts, The New American Shakespeare Tavern, Atlanta Street Theatre, and Master Teacher for National Players Tour 65.
Classically Trained! I was fortunate to have been accepted into the Atlanta New American Shakespeare Tavern 2011 to 2012 Apprentice Theatre Company. I premiered on the Tavern stage as Katherine in the 2011 production Love's Labour's Lost. Also, I was able to apply for my EMC card and have begun to collect EMC credits. I have furthered my classical training by joining the 2015-2018 graduate class of Wayne State University Hilberry Repertory Program where I received my MFA in Acting.
These are the building blocks in which I have created my career. These pages will show you where life has taken me since. Enjoy!