I began focusing on directing in 1995 while working as a Resident Artist at Cornell's Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts. I developed a flair for off-beat comedy and the eccentric characters found in farce.  My background as an actor gives me a clear understanding of how a show works from the inside-out.

 

Under the mentorship of Robert Moss, David Feldshuh, Bruce Levitt, Rachel Lampert and Timothy Bond I have developed a stong, pragmatic approach to mounting plays that respects both the need for exceptional production values and the material realities involved at all levels of production, whether it be in regional theater, stock, or acacdemic productions.          CLICK IMAGES FOR A CLOSER LOOK

Selected Directing Credits:

Baskerville                                                     The Cider Mill Playhouse                         October 2016

The Velocity of Autumn                           Chenango River Theatre                             May 2015

Unnecessary Farce                                    Chenengo River Theater                             May 2014

Fuddy Meers                                             Syracuse University Drama                           October 2011

The Art of Dining                                     Syracuse University Drama                           February 2006

Fully Committed*                                     Kitchen Theater, Ithaca, NY                          September 2003

          (*Winner - 2002 SALT theater award, Central NY - best performance - Karl Gregory)

Nora                                                          Syracuse University Drama                            March 2003

Caprice (American Premier)                 Syracuse University Drama                            March 2002

Cloud Nine                                               Syracuse University Drama                            April 2000

A Woman Without a Name                  Firehouse Theater, Ithaca, NY                        March 1998

The Night Larry Kramer....                     Syracuse University Drama                           April 1998

Girl Band in the Men’s Room               Firehouse Theater, Ithaca, NY                       January 1997

Manhattan Transaction                        Firehouse Theater, Ithaca, NY                       January 1997

Of Thee I Sing                                        Ithaca Opera Guild, Ithaca, NY                       October 1996

Split                                                           Firehouse Theater, Ithaca, NY                       June 1996

Pocahontas, A Daughters Tale                 Many Faces, Ithaca, NY                               June 1996

Raven Steals the Light                               Many Faces, Ithaca, NY                                November 1995

Bye Bye Birdie                                             New London Barn, NH                                 August 1980

Passion, Poison, and Petrifaction             Festival theatre, NYC                                    May 1979

Roar of the Greasepaint                            New London Barn, NH                                 July 1979

The Good Doctor                                        New London Barn, NH                                 July 1979

Stop the World....                                        New London Barn, NH                                 July 1978

Bus Stop                                                      Fairplayers, Wilton CT                                   August 1977

Arms and the Man                                     Fairplayers, Wilton CT                                   August 1976

     

*List of staged readings and other projects upon reqest

 

 

Craig MacDonald

Actor, Director, Musician

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