Karen MacDonald


Karen MacDonald’s directing credits include Gidion’s Knot at Bridge Repertory Theatre, The Woman in Black and An Ideal Husband at Gloucester Stage, Dressed Up/Wigged Out at Boston Playwrights Theatre and for Bridge Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage with CSC as Volumnia in Coriolanus, The Countess in All’s Well That Ends Well, Gertrude in Hamlet, and Maria in Twelfth Night. She was one of the founding members of the A.R.T. where she performed 73 roles including Arkadina in The Seagull and the title role in Mother Courage and her Children. Other Boston area credits include Liz Norden in Finish Line (Boston Theatre Company), Kate Keller in All My Sons and Jean in Good People, (Huntington Theatre Company), Molly Ivins in Red Hot Patriot (Lyric Stage), Mary Tyrone in Long Day’s Journey into Night (New Repertory Theater), Drowsy in The Drowsy Chaperone (Speakeasy Stage) Bernadette Spence in Home of the Brave, and Solo Performer in The Blonde, The Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead (Merrimack Repertory Theatre). Ms. MacDonald has worked for many years in the New England area, and nationally from The Wilma Theatre to Berkeley Rep., including understudying and performing the role of Amanda Wingfield in the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie; off Broadway she played Mrs.Bumble in Oliver Twist at TFNA,  Queen Elizabeth II in The Audience at Maltz Jupiter Theatre, and Estelle in No Exit at Hartford Stage.  She has been awarded several IRNE and Eliot Norton Awards, most recently receiving the 2017 Eliot Norton for Best Performance by an Actress in Finish Line. She  has received the Robert Brustein Prize for Sustained Achievement in the Theatre and the Eliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence. She is a graduate of Boston University and teaches at Harvard University.

Productions at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
Production Role
Fear and Misery in the Third Reich
Old Money

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