Chair & Professor
Office: Rich Building, Room 222
Tim McDonough began his acting career in Boston's small theaters, where he collaborated on the development of many new works. In 1980 he and Vincent Murphy co-founded Theater Works, for which he performed, directed and wrote. In 1982 the Boston Theater Critics Circle named him Best Actor, and in 1983 he received from the New England Theater Conference Regional Citation for Career Contributions. Regional theater appearances include the American Repertory Theatre, Trinity Square Repertory, the Sacramento Theater Company and Shakespeare festivals in California and Idaho. In Atlanta he has acted at the Alliance, Theater in the Square, Horizon Theater, and Theater Gael. In 1998 Creative Loafing named him Critic’s Choice for Best Actor. At Georgia Shakespeare, where he was an Associate Artist, he played Lear (twice), Shylock, Moliere's Imaginary Invalid and Miser, Arthur Miller's Willy Loman and Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He received the 2009 Suzi Bass Award for Outstanding Featured Actor for Big Daddy; in 2010 he was nominated for Best Lead Actor for Lear. He toured in France in Julius Caesarand in Koltès’ Black Battles with Dogs, which played at the Festival d’Avignon. At Theater Emory he has played both central and supporting roles; adapted and directed stories by John Berger, Tim O'Brien, and Virgil; written and directed American Wake and Untitled; and directed Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, and Wedekind. He served as Artistic Director of Theater Emory from 2006-2009. He regularly teaches Acting: Speeches and Monologues, Shakespeare in Performance, and Developing a Role. The Center for Teaching and Curriculum gave him an Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998; he received a Crystal Apple Award for Excellence in Performing Arts Education in 2007; in 2002 and again in 2009 he received the Fine Award, voted by Theater Studies majors and minors, for a faculty member who has influenced the growth of his students. He is the author of Acting Narrative Speeches: The Actor as Storyteller.