McCaela Donovan


Assistant Director, School of Theatre; Music Theatre Concentration Co-Advisor; Graduate Academic Advisor


BFA, Musical Theatre, Ithaca College
MA, Theatre Education, Emerson College
MFA, Acting, Brandeis University


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“For me, acting and theatre are the effortless blending of deep and varied technical skills and process, with shape, specificity, and form. It is about finding the truest expression and awareness of who you are as a human being—your thoughts, flaws, sense of humor—facing that head on, and then exposing that, openly, with your collaborators. It requires, rigor, discipline, desire, and a deep respect for varied perspectives and empathetic viewpoints. And, sometimes, we need to stop thinking and just go for it.”

McCaela Donovan is an Elliot Norton and IRNE award-winning actress, theatre educator, and audition coach, and has served as Associate Artistic Director and founding member of Bridge Repertory Theater of Boston. She has performed Off Broadway and in various regional theaters, including Primary Stages, NYMTF, ArtsEmerson, Huntington Theatre Company, American Repertory Theatre, SpeakEasy Stage, Gloucester Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Lyric Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Company One, Stoneham Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Reagle Music Theatre, and Children’s Theatre of Sioux Falls, SD.

A member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA and SAFD, Donovan has worked and taught at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Boston Conservatory, Emerson College, Dean College, Emmanuel College, and Walnut Hill School for the Arts. As Assistant Director of the BU School of Theatre, she serves as head of Admissions and Recruitment for performance and teaches in the areas of music theatre and career opportunities.