Heather McDonald (playwright)

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Heather Mcdonald is an American playwright, director, librettist, and professor.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Mcdonald is originally a Canadian citizen. She is the daughter of Jack and Ruth McDonald, who coauthored the book "Under the Cloud" in 2011.[3] Her sister, Heidi McDonald, owns and manages an online business that sells teaching supplies for children in grades 3-5.[4]

McDonald and her family emigrated to Florida when she was seventeen years old. She graduated from the University of Florida with a BFA in English. She is an MFA graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.


Heather McDonald has published eight plays, two screenplays, and a libretto. Her plays have been performed nationally and all over the world.[5]

She has attended the Sundance Institute twice, first as a director, and most recently as a playwright for the 2010 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross.[6]

McDonald has been a regular teacher at the Kennedy Center Intensive at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The program is a two-week session of writing workshops and discussions about the business of playwriting.[7]

Produced Plays[edit]

·Rain and Darkness: Hitting for the Cycle
·Available Light
·The Rivers and Ravines
·Faulkner's Bicycle
·Dream of a Common Language
·When Grace Comes In
·An Almost Holy Picture
·The Two Mary's


·Rocket 88
·Walking After Midnight


·The End of the Affair (libretto)

George Mason University[edit]

McDonald is a full-time professor at George Mason University. Her courses include playwriting workshop, advanced playwriting, the screenplay, and advanced playwriting workshop.[8]

McDonald pioneered the Ten-Minute Play Festival, where students produce, direct, and act in ten-minute plays written by students.[9]

Theater of the First Amendment[edit]

Heather McDonald is an artistic associate of the Theater of the First Amendment.[10]

"Since 1990, TFA has produced 44 full productions and numerous staged readings of new work. Our productions have won 12 Helen Hayes Awards (DC’s equivalent of the Tony Awards) out of 37 nominations. Many plays originating at TFA have been published, produced nationally and internationally, televised and broadcast, or recorded as award-winning original soundtrack CDs".[11]

In June 2011, TFA hosted Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation,[12] a playwrights conference. It was sponsored by the Dramatists Guild and featured many celebrated playwrights, including David Ives, Stephen Schwartz, Mame Hunt, Molly Smith, Christopher Durang, Emily Mann, and Julia Jordon.

Personal life[edit]

She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her youngest daughter, Marilyn.


  1. ^ "Theater Faculty - Heather McDonald". Theater.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  2. ^ "In Ten Home". Umbc.edu. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  3. ^ http://uniquebiblestudyresources.com
  4. ^ http://www.uniqueteachingrescources.com
  5. ^ "An almost grownup playwright - CNN". Articles.cnn.com. 2002-04-03. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  6. ^ "2010 Playwrights Retreat at Ucross | Archives | Sundance Institute". History.sundance.org. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  7. ^ kennedy-center.org/education/actf/playwriting-intensive1.pdf
  8. ^ "Theater Faculty - Heather McDonald". Theater.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  9. ^ "Performances - Theater - George Mason University". Gmu.edu. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  10. ^ "Contact". Theater of the First Amendment. 2011-12-08. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  11. ^ "About Us". Theater of the First Amendment. 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  12. ^ "Playwright's Conference". Theater of the First Amendment. Retrieved 2011-12-19.