Award-Winning Director, Producer, Writer
Actress SAG Theater Film TV
Bullying Prevention Speaker | Media Commentator
Director, Producer, Writer of the
Groundbreaking Documentary Film on
Teen Bullying and Suicide Prevention
BULLIES AND FRIENDS
Cassidy Receives Critical Acclaim from the LOS ANGELES TIMES and additional theater critics
for her compelling performances starring in the lead role of Brooke Wyeth in a Los Angeles area production of Tony Award Nominated, Pulitzer Prize Finalist Drama
"OTHER DESERT CITIES"
by Jon Robin Baitz (Creator, ABC TV's "Brothers & Sisters")
The LOS ANGELES TIMES:
"Cassidy McMillan, simply brilliant as the determined author whose steely demeanor sets the circuitous plot in motion."
-Los Angeles Times
"Her inner vulnerability is well camouflaged until the play's most crucial moment."
-Los Angeles Times
" Brooke Wyeth [Cassidy McMillan], a fragile but determined young woman a few years out of rehab, is the writer whose philosophical differences with mom and dad couldn't be more pronounced."
-Los Angeles Times
Cassidy recently completed starring in critically-acclaimed performances portraying the lead role of Brooke Wyeth, a best-selling NYC author who returns home to her Hollywood industry parents' home in Palm Springs for Christmas after a six-year absence due to depression from a divorce
and past family tragedy.
Upon arrival to her parents' home, Brooke announces her soon to be published novel is actually an explosive memoir about the Wyeth family
and the controversial circumstances surrounding her older brother's suicide.
In the gripping L.A. production of Tony Award nominated, Pulitzer Prize Finalist family drama "OTHER DESERT CITIES" by Jon Robin Baitz (creator ABC's "BROTHERS & SISTERS"), long held secrets are revealed as Brooke and her family face truths that could tear their family apart or bring them closer together.
MEET CASSIDY MCMILLAN
Named DyNAMC Magazine's Change Maker In The Film Industry for her directing, producing and advocacy work on bullying prevention and additional causes,
Cassidy is a recognized thought leader, filmmaker, writer and artist creating positive change.
Director, Producer, Screenwriter | Documentary on Bullying: BULLIES AND FRIENDS
Cassidy was awarded the United Nations UNA Impact Filmmaking Award; Inanna Humanitarian Award and received a SAMHSA VOICE Award in Film nomination, for directing the groundbreaking documentary BULLIES AND FRIENDS. The film examines the bullying crisis facing children, schools, families, communities and investigates the precedent setting court case of a teen girl's bullying related suicide that led to teens being charged. BULLIES AND FRIENDS has been recognized as a resource by academic organizations as the film provides solutions to bullying. The film's received tremendous response at education focus group screenings, has been requested by schools globally and described by educators as "a groundbreaking film that can save lives." Cassidy is a development producer for independent films, theater and is a screenwriter with projects in development.
Cassidy's a speaker, instructor and consultant on topics including bullying prevention, film, acting, journalism. She's spoken to 20,000 students, teachers, parents at schools nationally and works with government leaders on prevention initiatives.
Cassidy created the S.A.V.E. Strategy schools can quickly utilize which teaches kids empathy in order to help prevent bullying. She's an advocate for and works with families who've lost
children to bullying related suicide.
She's a speaker for events which have included New York City's Department of Education; Florida International University College of Law, National Voices Bullying Summit, STN Student TV & Journalism Convention; George Washington Public Policy Education Campus; ScriptFest.
Cassidy has been interviewed by media outlets including DUBAI TODAY; CNN; PBS; L.A. Talk Live; KABC; Charlottesville This Week; KTLA; Diversity Unfiltered; The Reasonable Voice.
Cassidy recently completed starring in a critically acclaimed performance portraying the role of Brooke Wyeth in an L.A. area theater production of the Tony Award Nominated, Pulitzer Prize Finalist drama OTHER DESERT CITIES by award-winning playwright Jon Robin Baitz (creator ABC's "Brothers and Sisters").
She received praise from theater critics for her compelling performance as Brooke Wyeth in OTHER DESERT CITIES including the Los Angeles Times:
"Cassidy McMillan, simply brilliant as the determined author whose steely demeanor sets the circuitous plot in motion.
Her inner vulnerability is well camouflaged until the play's most crucial moment."
-Los Angeles Times
Other theater lead roles include as Veronica Novak in an L.A. production of the Tony Award-winning drama "God of Carnage"; Regan Poole in the time travel thriller "Good Morning Miss Vickers." An Actress/Member of the Screen Actors Guild, she's acted in film & TV projects including for 20th Century Fox, Discovery and has worked with distinguished filmmakers including Academy Award-Winning director James Cameron. For more, visit Acting Page.
Journalist | Investigator
Cassidy's passion for journalism began when she was selected to be Editor-in-Chief for her high school newspaper after winning journalism awards as a reporter. She has a degree in journalism and was a reporter and news editor for her college newspaper. In addition to her investigative film work, she's a contributing writer for various publications.
Soon after college she was hired by the Walt Disney Company as an Investigator for Disney Theme Parks, Hotels, Studios. She investigated criminal cases, large scale, high profile accidents/incidents, interviewed/arrested criminal subjects and was a victims' advocate. She worked with law enforcement, district attorneys and wrote extensive investigative and legal/corporate case reports. As an Incident Scene Investigator, she oversaw the collection of forensic evidence and protection of victims. She worked to ensure the safety of 250,000+ daily guests; 65,000 onsite employees, created/implemented security procedures. She quickly became a recognized expert in deception detection, investigative interviews and forensic analyst of written/verbal statements.
She was promoted to the Dignitary Protective Unit in which she received training from fmr. U.S. Secret Service and worked assignments as a sole protection agent for celebrities, dignitaries. One assignment was working alongside U.S. Secret Service on a detail protecting a former U.S. President, First Lady and family.
She was appointed to the Communications Security Committee; Non-Violence Response Commission; Executive Task Force for Disney/ABC Events. She created a recognized Statewide Law Enforcement BOLO Alert System for Disney properties that led to criminal suspects caught and recoveries. For her outstanding work, initiatives and dedication protecting guests and employees, Cassidy received the Walt Disney Company's highest honor: DISNEY'S PARTNERS IN EXCELLENCE AWARD featuring the iconic brass statuette award of Walt Disney & Mickey Mouse presented at the Disney gala.
Media Commentator & Consultant | Advocate | Advisory Boards
Cassidy utilizes her investigative experience and knowledge in her documentary filmmaking, journalism, speaking and advocacy work. She's a consultant for news media, government leaders, educators on investigative, security, bullying prevention, school safety.
Cassidy serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for National Voices for Equality. Her advocacy work includes bullying-suicide prevention, rescue and adoption of shelter cats and dogs; protection of wildlife and the environment, and equality causes.
From filmmaking, acting, directing, screenwriting and journalism to education and bullying prevention,
Cassidy's a popular speaker, guest lecturer and instructor for schools, colleges, education organizations and events,
film & journalism conventions and corporations.
With inspiring and motivational speaking style, she's spoken to over 20,000 students, teachers, parents, government leaders, film industry and corporate executives.
She's a media commentator in the U.S. and internationally including Toronto, Vancouver, Canada; London; Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
"When I learned children were committing suicide due to bullying
and the CDC statistic:
'Suicide is the third leading cause of death among children ages 10 to 14'
I was compelled to take action to prevent these tragedies. I set out to make a documentary
film that provides solutions to bullying in order to create positive change.
That's how the documentary film BULLIES AND FRIENDS came to be."
- Cassidy McMillan
Director/Producer/Writer, BULLIES AND FRIENDS
PRAISE FROM MEDIA & ORGANIZATIONS
"When Cassidy McMillan is our show's featured guest, she brings tremendous insight to various topics -
from education and
to filmmaking and politics.
She relates the information in such a down to earth way that
our audience gains knowledge while feeling they had a chat over coffee with a good friend."
"Cassidy spoke at our
Bullying Prevention Summit at
Florida International University College of Law.
Her information provided depth to stopping the cycle of bullying, and gave educators, legal officials, parents, and students insight into things they could do right now at schools to stop bullying."
"Thank you Cassidy for the information you shared for parents, educators on warning signs of bullying and information to ensure safety in schools.
And thank you for your dedication to bullying prevention."
— Marcello Rollando, Host/Director/Producer
THE REASONABLE VOICE;
CHARLOTTESVILLE THIS WEEK Radio Shows
— Jowharah Sanders, Executive Director/Founder
NATIONAL VOICES FOR EQUALITY & EDUCATION, NVEEE
—Pam Powers, Host/Producer
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