Stephen MacDonald biography
At Writers Theatre: Not About Heroes
Stephen MacDonald has served as actor, director, and playwright. His acting career has taken him from the Glasgow Citizens' Company to Edinburgh, both the Lyceum and Traverse Theatres. He played Prospero at the Edinburgh Lyceum and in Mary Stuart at Glasgow Citizens. In London at the Greenwich Theatre he played in The Assassin, The White Devil and The Seagull, at the Roundhouse in Son of Man and at the King's Head as Sassoon in Not About Heroes. At the National Theatre he repeated his Sassoon and also appeared in the NT productions of The Duchess of Malfi and The Critic. His direction credits include seasons with the Leicester Phoenix as an Associate and later as Artistic Director. He was also Artistic Director at the Dundee Rep and at the Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh.
As a playwright he did adaptations of Billy Budd and The Jungle Book. His "impression of Christopher Marlowe," All Ayre and Fire won an Edinburgh First Fringe Award in 1978 and Not About Heroes earned MacDonald another in 1982. His most recent play is From the Land. Not About Heroes played the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 1982, at the National Theatre in 1986, has been seen on British television and in New York and has received over 15 productions around the world.
[Bio as of February 1994]