Moira MacDonald

Photos by Colbert Davis.

Moira Lael MacDonald is a multidisciplinary theater artist and filmmaker. Her most recent work, Blue Waves, was performed at Automata Arts in Los Angeles in 2017.   Other work includes Selkie, Margery and Me, Anatomy Lesson, Amaranth, The Life of the Bee, and Letter from the Bees. Her short hand-processed film, The Visible Woman, was screened at Concord Space in LA.  Moira holds an MFA in Puppetry and Integrated Media from CalArts, and a BFA in Acting from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.  She teaches at Pasadena City College, and Moorpark College, where she was recently commissioned to lead a team of students in the design and fabrication of shadow puppets for the school's production of The Comedy of Errors.   Moira was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska.



Curriculum Vitae


Blue Waves Automata Arts LA, Sept 2017  Writer, director, puppet  scenic design/fabrication.

Selkie  Tongva After Dark, The Wonder Room, Santa Monica Dept. of Cultural Affairs, Sept 2016.  Writer, performer, puppet & scenic design/fabrication.
Edwin  Walt Disney Music Center, Sleepless, Sept 2016.  Object design/fabrication.
Anatomy Lesson REDCAT Studio, June 2015, Writer, performer, puppet design & fabrication.  Developed & performed with Gina Marie Napolitan.
Margery & You  Automata, November 2013.  Writer, performer, puppet & diorama design/fabrication.
Margery & Me  REDCAT Studio, November 2012. CalArts,  April 2012.  Writer, performer, puppet designer.  Julianne Just, dir.
Amaranth, part of “Translucent Travels” at Automata.  Writer, performer.
The Life of the Bee CalArts,  April 2011.  Adapted from the essay by Maeterlinck.  Director, puppet designer.
Letter from the Bees CalArts, May 2010. Adapted from Journal of the Plague Year and other texts. Director, puppet designer.
Annual Holiday Puppet Show, (Dec ’08, ’09, ’10) Co-writer/Director.  Puppet design, fabrication.
The Visible Woman (film) 8 1/2 mins, 16mm, hand processed.  Screened at Concord Space as part of “Heavenly Directives” series.
Coming Around Again (film) 3 mins, 16mm, hand processed.  Screened at Calarts.


The Comedy of Errors, Suzanne Fagan, dir., Moorpark College, March 2018

Nocturnal Megafauna, Russel Pikus, dir., Calarts Film, May 2016
On Emotion, Matt McCray, dir., Son of Semele ensemble, Oct 2010, puppet design, fabrication.
Felix Austria! Christine Beebe, dir, (film,) Spring 2009, mask designer, builder
Stop, Stand Up, Be Quiet, Be Still Ariana Natale, dir., music video for The Pity Party, June 2009 designer, builder
The Umbrella, Eli Stonberg, dir., moth puppet for music video for Rio En Medio, April 2009 designer, builder


Sound House, Tungsten/Artery, Fugitive Time, Clouded Sulphur, The Reptile Under the Flowers Janie Geiser, dir., (bunraku-style puppets)  Various venues, NYC and LA, 2009-2016.
Fasting Girls, Alexis Macnab, dir.
Exhibit A, Concrete Folk Variations, Susan Simpson, dir., (bunraku-style puppets) REDCAT, Automata.
The Night Fairy, by John Glore, Oanh Nguyen, dir. (Actor/Puppeteer--large-scale puppets) South Coast Rep, May-June 2013
Star, by Erik Ehn, Katie Shook, dir., (bunraku-style puppets,) Automata June 2012
The Bureau of Small Requests Laura Heit, dir., (toy theater) Toy Theater Fest, NYC 2011
The Stone Bearer, dir. Kristy Baltezore, Arroyo Arts Walk Nov 2008
Sunset Chronicles, Episode 5 with the Little Fakers, Velaslavasay Panorama, Los Angeles, Feb. 2008