Malcolm MacDonald is a writer, artist and teacher whose multi-faceted career defies classification. As a writer, MacDonald premiered his first plays, One Bean
in NYC, and Wonder of the World
in Hollywood. He was selected for a month-long workshop with Pulitzer Prize winner Lanford Wilson, where he developed his next play, the beetles,
which the L.A. Times
called, "...a strange but intriguing specimen, a sort of mash note to the beauty of living dreams, stylistically and expertly accomplished." His screenplay adaptation was a semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival.
MacDonald lived in Guadalajara, Mexico for five years where he wrote Coyote Christmas Carol
The Marilyn Hall Award winner was published by Playscripts, and continues to be performed throughout the U.S. and in countries as diverse as Mexico, S. Korea, Japan and The Philippines.
MacDonald spent five years in New York City working as a designer and dancer with many modern dance choreographers including such giants as Hanya Holm, Alwin Nikolais, and Murray Louis. In Los Angeles, he created the ballets Fin de Siècle, and A Dream of Consciousness. He created the scenery and wrote the narration for DanceCorps' The Story of the Nutcracker. He has created scenery, lighting, and costumes for numerous productions on both coasts.
Fluent in Spanish, MacDonald has worked with many great Latino directors. He originated the role of The Serpent in the great Mexican director Luis de Tavira's opera version of The Little Prince, and played El Autór in de Tavira's La Vida es Sueño. He created the scenery and costumes for Edít Villareal's R&J directed by José Crúz González. In México he and his wife had the great pleasure of collaborating with such great artists as Lucía Maya, Jesusa Rodríguez, and Astrid Hadad.
As an educator, MacDonald has been a guest director at numerous high schools, and has taught both theatre and visual arts with L.A. Unified School District. He was technical director at L.A. County High School of the Arts, and scene shop foreman at California State Los Angeles. MacDonald holds a BA in technical theatre, an MA in education, and a CA teaching credential.
MacDonald is most proud of his family: His two wonderful kids and his wife of 24 years, Andrea Campianu, a celebrated ballerina and choreographer from Vienna, Austria. When their kids were little, they moved to Mexico where they taught at the American School of Guadalajara.
The beautiful home they built in Mexico was one of nine homes that MacDonald has owned
and renovated. To honor the great Mexican aritst Dr. Atl, MacDonald sculpted a bronze bust
which the city of Guadalajara installed in Dr. Atl Park.