Karen MacDonald has been a leading light of the Boston theater scene for decades. She was a founding company member of the American Repertory Theatre — a distinction she holds along with the late, much missed Thomas Derrah — and still teaches at Harvard. MacDonald has also had a Monan Professorship in Theater Arts at Boston College, an honor she shares with fellow former A.R.T. company member Remo Airaldi.
MacDonald has directed for several area theater companies and is now at the helm of a production of Wendy Wasserstein’s “Old Money” for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. It’s on the stage that Boston audiences may be most familiar with MacDonald’s work, which has spanned seventy productions at the A.R.T. and numerous other roles around the area, but her growing list of credits as a director shows that she’s a talent to keep track of whether she’s treading the boards or acting as a guiding creative forces behind the scenes.
EDGE had the privilege of chatting with Karen MacDonald recently about “Old Money,” our changed new world, and the way actors often gravitate toward the director’s chair.