SGP has existed since 2003, and it is run by Writer, Producer, and Director, Stacey McClain. The company has developed & produced a plethora of projects that have included collaborations, partnerships, and overseeing projects in the field of entertainment. The Company's main focus has been working in theatre, television, and digital content. There is no doubt that SGP can see your project through to completion.
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A Chicago native, Stacey McClain found early success, working for 10 years as a stand-up comedienne, performing all over the country, doing shows such as, “Showtime at the Apollo,”“Soul Train,” and opening up for acts such as “Martin Lawrence” & gracing the same stages as "Robin Harris" and “George Lopez.” Her adventures in comedy eventually led her to her true calling – writing and producing for television, film the stage, as well as the Internet.
Although she is best known as a television writer, her ability to write across all platforms truly shows that she can effectively bring a story to life, in any medium. Stacey’s storytelling has kept this prolific talent consistently at the top of her game.
Her first stage play “Culture Shock,” (which she also wrote, produced and directed), earned her several NAACP Theater Award nominations and led her to be the winner of the prestigiousLos Angeles Ira Aldridge Playwrights Awardwinning the top prize over 400 other playwrights. The award she received was a writing scholarship to UCLA, which helped Ms. McClain to hone her craft as a television writer. Later, she was commissioned to write a play entitled “Le Keisha,” an adaptation of the Greek play “Lysistrata” for a UCLA Sorority. Loving the immediate response that theater gave, McClain penned another play entitled “Jeffrey’s Plan,”which also garnered NAACP Theater nominations. Her theater works have been social commentaries that affect society and “Jeffrey’s Plan” recently caught the eye of a top notch producer, and the play was retooled as a television pilot, and is currently being shopped for television.
McClain’s theater pieces were also instrumental in helping her to meet executives & Showrunners who introduced her to writing for television. She began her television career working as a writer’s assistant on the “Jamie Foxx Show,” “The Smart Guy”and on “The Parkers.” However, it was on “The Parkers” where McClain first wrote on staff, under Executive Producer Sara Finney – Johnson, and Ralph Farquhar.
After leaving “The Parkers,”she helped develop a pilot for Disney Channel, starring “KeKe Palmer” and thereafter, worked as a writer/producer on several productions, including “The World’s Funniest Moments”, “Black Men Revealed,” “The Tom Joyner Show,” BET’s “Reed Between the Lines,” and Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne,” where she assisted in running the writer’s room. McClain also created, produced, & directed her own web series entitled “Sistaah Friend,” a magical purse toting shero, who wants everyone to be friends. The web series won several awards in the LA Web Festival and best syfy award at the Independent Film Festival. Her passion for directing is just as strong as her passion for writing. She travels back and forth to Germany to direct music videos for Marla Glen, an platinums award winning singer, who authorized McClain to write a biography based on the singers life.
In film, McClain successfully completed the New York University Intensive Film Program, where she shot her first short film entitled “Black on Black.” Not long after her training, she was hired to write an adaptation of the Arabesque novel, “Hidden Blessings”starring Kim Fields and Cynda Williams for BET’s Original Movies.
As the industry began to embrace Reality TV, so did McClain. She was fortunate enough to work in front of the camera on Oprah Winfrey’s Network (OWN’s) “Raising Whitley” starring long time friend Kym Whitley. Shortly thereafter, she collaborated with partner Kim Coles, and shot a sizzle reel concept for a show, that was green lit on the WEtv Network, entitled “Sisters In Law.”
In the theatre realm, she has work as a dramaturge and writing coach, while also producing and directing Solo Shows with talented actors such as Kim Coles, Ralph Harris, and Anthony “Scruncho” McKinley just to name a few. This has not stopped her from pushing her TV or Theatre Projects, and she is currently shopping and developing shows for television - while completing the book, "Cost of Freedom" an authorized biography about singer/songwriter Marla Glen.
McClain can’t stop and won’t stop, has as her gift truly continues to shine.