Acclaimed playwright Akiva McClam who is best known for his number one hit
Cain & Abel was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. At a young age he was faced with many obstacles. After losing both of his parents only one year apart from each other, his grandmother Mary Clark stepped in and raised him. She would help mold him into the pillar of strength friends affectionately call, “The Renaissance Man”.
McClam refused to let any obstacles prevent him from achieving success. He went on to graduate from Bethune-Cookman University earning a BS Degree in Sociology.
He took a position at the Volusia Halfway House where he worked to help change young men lives. After three years he enlisted in the US Air Force. He supported Campaign Enduring Freedom and Iraq Southern Watch. In 2008, after 9 years of successful service he was honorably discharged due to several military connected medical conditions. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Information Systems from Strayer University.
Akiva McClam has a passion to write inspirational stage plays that makes people laugh, think, and plant seeds to introducing them to Jesus Christ. He wrote his first Christmas production “My Christmas Story” in 2009. Since then he has been on a steady roll in the DC metropolitan areas. Cain and Abel in 2010, 2013, Deep Cover 2015 and “Answering His Call Today” in 2016.
Several of the actors Akiva McClam worked with have continued their acting careers by starring in other successful productions, commercials, independent films, BET drama show series Being Mary Jane, Saints and Sinners, Tyler Perry’s Haves and the Have Nots (TV series), web series and the Emmy nominated TV series House of Cards.
His plays have raised $10K for local churches. Not only does he want to give back to churches but he has a desire to reach back to his hometown in Fort Lauderdale and his alma mater Bethune-Cookman University and the Daytona Beach community. He has a long term desire to turn a few of his plays into movies. He is always learning and perfecting his craft. He wants to learn every aspect of theatre from sound and editing to directing. He believes that the more you know the more you can achieve and relate.
McClam’s upcoming productions are:
Deep Cover “Let your light shine in dark places”
The Crucifixion: He Died So We Can Live
Secret Lovers (Stage play focus on the healing of marriages)
Family Secrets (Sexual abuse that comes back to hunt a member of the family)
– Akiva McClam