Heather McDonald 
Writer - Director - Teacher

"Words are all we have." Samuel Beckett

Recent ~ Taught Master Classes in The Playwriting Intensives at The Kennedy Center. Participated in MIGRAR, a workshop with Kamchatka Theatre Company, creating a site-specific piece that was presented as part of Global Perspectives at The 2016 TCG National Theatre Conference. Developed new play, Astronaut Training: Truth & Beauty Bombs, an adaptation of the online comic "A Softer World," for Rorschach Theatre where it was produced in 2015 directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick. Workshopped new play, Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, with director Joe Calarco at Signature Theatre. In residence at DePauw University Fall 2015 as The Mary Rogers Field Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing. Finalist for the Sundance Theatre Lab MENA Project. Directed Middletown by Will Eno and served as Artistic Director (founder and creator) for The Tenth Anniversary of The Ten Minute Play Festival. 

"Words are, in my not so humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic, capable of both inflicting injury and remedying it."

Dumbledore, "King's Cross," Deathly Hallows, Part II

Inspirational exercises focusing on character & story

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Heather McDonald at DePauwHeather McDonald at DePauw University

TEDx Talk Locate the Ache: Why Story Matters

"Ring the bells that still can ring.

Forget your perfect offering.

There is a crack in everything.

That's how the light gets in."

Leonard Cohen, Anthem, "The Future"



"One morning

you hover on the threshold

knowing for certain

the first touch of light

will finish you."

Don Paterson, "Luing"



"Sometimes everything

has to be

enscribed across

the heavens

so you can find

the one line

already written

inside you."

David Whyte



"I got more thrill out of flying before I had ever been in the air at all - while lying in bed thinking how exciting it would be to fly."  

Orville Wright


Stone Cairn Scotland


"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."

Saint Thomas

"Love is the best part of any story."

Heather McDonald, STAY

"You are more authentic the more you resemble what you've dreamed to be."  

Pedro Almodovar

"All art is autobiographical;

the pearl is the oyster's autobiography." 

Federico Fellini

"Make a space. Begin again. Paint over the canvas. Begin Again. Concentrate. Get serious. Breathe. Call forth your spirit to a purpose. Reach your hands into the materials of the living world and express the present and, so, the future. Joy is joined to courage, courage to spirit, spirit to goodness. Concentrate on the construction of the coming days." 

John Patrick Shanley

"And out of what one sees and hears and out

of what one feels, who could have thought to make

so many selves, so many sensuous worlds."

Wallace Stevens

Beckett quoteSamuel Beckett
Heather West Highland Way ScotlandEnd of hiking The West Highland Way, Scotland