Johnathan McClain was born at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. He moved to Chicago at the age of 21 because he wrote and began performing his critically acclaimed one-man show, Like It Is. The Chicago Reader proclaimed, "If we're ever to return to a day when theatre matters, we'll need a few hundred more artists with McClain's vision and courage." On the heels of its critical and commercial success, the show moved to New York where Johnathan was compared favorably to solo performance visionaries such as Eric Bogosian, John Leguizamo, and Anna Deavere Smith.
Johnathan spent many years in New York, and his work there includes appearing Off-Broadway in the original cast of Jonathan Tolins' The Last Sunday In June at The Century Center, as well as at Lincoln Center Theatre and with the Lincoln Center Director's Lab. Around the country, he has been seen on stage at South Coast Repertory, The American Conservatory Theatre, Florida Stage, Paper Mill Playhouse, and the National Jewish Theatre. Los Angeles stage credits include the LA Weekly Award-nominated world premiere of Cold/Tender at The Theatre @ Boston Court and the LA Times' Critic's Choice production of The Glass Menagerie at The Colony Theatre for which Johnathan received a Garland Award for his portrayal of Jim O'Connor.
On the radio, he has been a writer and on-air contributor to The Public Radio International series Fair Game. In his spare time Johnathan is active in the world of Slam Poetry, and with his unique style which he describes as "e.e. cummings meets Eminem," has competed in and won dozens of poetry slams around the country.
He currently divides his time between Los Angeles and New York with his wife Laura.
- He is an accomplished poet. He won several "poetry slams" around the country.
- He is a tattoo fanatic. He has over a dozen spread across his arms, chest, stomach, and back.
- He joined with friend and former Damages writer Adam Stein to write, produce, and act in satirical short films for funnyordie.com, commenting on the 2012 presidential race. Co-stars include George Wyner, Natalie Zea, John Ross Bowie, and Michael Emerson.
- He has co-written at least four episodes of Liv and Maddie with Kali Rocha (BFF-A-Rooney, Neighbors-A-Rooney, Vive-La-Rooney, and Tiny House-A-Rooney) who also plays Karen Rooney.
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