Karen MacDonald, BFA

Lecturer on Theater, Dance, and Media, Harvard University
Karen MacDonald is an actress, director, and teacher in the Boston area. Most recently, she understudied and performed the role of Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, in John Tiffany's Broadway revival. She is a founding company member of the American Repertory Theater and has appeared in 70 productions, including The Seagull and Mother Courage. Other regional appearances include Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Coriolanus, All's Well That Ends Well, Hamlet, and Twelfth Night, The Huntington Theatre Company in Bus Stop, All My Sons, and A Civil War Christmas, SpeakEasy Stage in The Drowsy Chaperone, The New Rep in Long Day's Journey Into Night, and Boom, Merrimack Rep in The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful Redhead, Portland Stage in Third, and Hartford Stage in No Exit. In New York, she has worked at Theater for a New Audience, The Roundabout Theater, and Second Stage. Nationally, she has worked coast to coast from Philadelphia's Wilma Theater to the Berkeley Rep. Internationally she has performed at festivals in Asti, Avignon, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Edinbirgh, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and Belgrade. Directing credits include Woman in Black, An Ideal Husband, and Dressed Up! Wigged Out! She has taught acting and improv workshops around the country, undergraduate acting at Harvard University, and acting for singers at the New England Conservatory. She was the Monin Fellow in the theater department at Boston College in the 2010-2011 academic year. She is the recipient of several Elliot Norton and IRNE awards for her performances and received 2010's Robert Brustein Award for Sustained Achievement in the Theater and The Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence.


  • BFA Boston University