Prof. Claire McDonald Prof. Claire McDonald Tenured Professor of Drama; Chair, Fine Arts, Drama and Dance; Program Director Drama
Fine Arts & Drama

Professor Claire McDonald’s areas of specialization include directing, theatre for youth and communities, educational theatre and theatre as a liberal art. She can speak on these and a variety of general theatre and performance topics.

Areas of Expertise
Directing, Theatre for Youth and Communities, Creative Drama, Educational Theatre, Theatre as a Liberal Art.


  • Master of Fine Arts - Drama Production - University of Texas at Austin (1983)
  • Bachelor of Arts - German - Rice University (1977)


  • Aesop's Fables (for children)
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (for children)
  • All in the Timing,
  • Almost, Maine,
  • An Ideal Husband
  • An Ideal Husband,
  • Charley’s Aunt
  • Charley’s Aunt,
  • Charlotte’s Web ( for children)
  • Charlotte’s Web (for children)
  • Dancing At Lughnasa
  • Food (world premiere)
  • Jungalbook (for children)
  • Picnic
  • Puss In Boots and Other Cat Tails (for children)
  • Puss In Boots and Other Cat Tails(for children)
  • Sabrina Fair
  • Spoon River Anthology
  • Stuart Little (for children)
  • The Commedia Cinderella (for children)
  • The Commedia Pinocchio (for children)
  • The Emperor’s New Clothes(for children)
  • The Mischief Makers (for children)
  • The Rimers of Eldritch
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (for children)
  • The Velveteen Rabbit(for children)
  • The Wind in the Willows (for children)
  • Tomato Plant Girl (for children)
  • Totally Red (for children)
  • Wonderful Tennessee,
  • You Can’t Take it With You
  • ’59 Pink Thunderbird
  • ’59 Pink Thunderbird,
  •   Light Up the Sky


  • "“Playing in Someone Else’s Yard: Teaching across, in, or to Other Disciplines”" (2013)
    Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • "“The Acrobatics of Inclusion: Safeguarding a Place for Theatre (and the arts) in the Core Curricul" (2011)
    Association for Theatre in Higher Education
  • "“Creating Dynamic teacher Resource Guides”" (2008)
    American Alliance for Theatre and Education
  • "“Drama Across the Curriculum – Administrator’s Session”" (2007)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
  • "“The Creative Drama Network Evaluator Training”" (2006)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
  • "“Resurrecting the Creative Drama Network”" (2005)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
  • "“Super Team for Arts Integration Professional Development” Young Audiences of Houston" (2003)
    Texas Coalition for Quality Arts Education
  • "“The Individual and Society: Fine & Performing Arts”" (2001)
    UST President’s Seminar Series
  • "“No Mugging! No Bumping! Techniques in Performance for and with Children”" (2000)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
  • "“A TEKS-ket, A Tasket: Creative Drama and the TEKS”" (1999)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
  • "“Why Not Choose the Fine and Performing Arts”" (1997)
    Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors
    Also July 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001
  • "“Playmaking through Movement and Music”" (1997)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
  • "“Start Making Sense: Using Sensory Awareness Exercises Across the Curriculum”" (1996)
    Texas Educational Theatre Assn.
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