Karen MacDonald

Karen MacDonald

Karen MacDonald is a Boston native and delighted to be making her Boston Symphony Orchestra debut. Last year, she premiered A Soldier's Carol with the Boston Holiday Pops. Her work this past season included 77% ( Martha's Vineyard Playhouse) Sweet and Sad (Gloucester Stage Co.) Ulysses on Battles  ( Israeli Stage) Red Hot Patriot: The Kick Ass Wit of Molly Ivins (Lyric Stage). On Broadway, she understudied and performed the role of Amanda Wingfield in John Tiffany's recent revival of The Glass Menagerie. Other regional credits include Ether Dome, Ryan Landry's M, Good People, Bus Stop, All My Sons, A Civil War Christmas (Huntington Theatre Co.); That Hopey Changey Thing, Doubt (Stoneham Theatre); Other Desert Cities, The Drowsy Chaperone (Speakeasy Stage); Coriolanus, All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, Twelfth Night (Commonwealth Shakespeare Company); Long Day's Journey Into Night, boom (New Repertory Theatre); Superior Donuts (Lyric Stage); The Color of Rose (ArtsEmerson); Two Wives in India  (Boston Playwrights' Theatre); The Blonde, The Brunette and The Vengeful Redhead, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Moon for the Misbegotten (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); The Snow Queen, Third (Portland Stage) as well as, Hartford Stage, Berkshire Theatre Festival. A founding company member of the American Repertory Theatre, she appeared in 70 productions, including Endgame, The Sea Gull, Mother Courage, Island of Slaves, No Exit, Olly's Prison, Highway Ulysses, Othello, The Imaginary Invalid, Richard II, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Internationally, she has appeared at festivals in Asti, Avignon, Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Israel and the former Yugoslavia. Nationally she has worked extensively, from Philadelphia's Wilma Theatre to Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Her directing credits include Gidion's Knot (Bridge Rep); An Ideal Husband, Woman in Black (Gloucester Stage) and Dressed Up! Wigged Out!! (Boston Playwrights Theatre). She is the recipient of several Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards for her performances. Ms. MacDonald received both the Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre and the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence in 2010. A graduate of the College of Fine Arts at Boston University, she was the Monin Fellow at Boston College 2010-11, and teaches Acting to undergraduates and extension school students at Harvard University.