Marianne McDonald

Board Member

Marianne McDonald
PO Box 929
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Tel. +1 619-481-0107

(Professor of Theatre and Classics, University of California, San Diego, 1994 to present; B. A., Bryn Mawr College, 1958; M.A., University of Chicago, 1960; Ph.D., University of California, Irvine, 1975)

Professor McDonald is the founder and initiator of projects to make available in computer-readable form all of Greek literature (Thesaurus Linguae Graecae) and the various Irish literatures (Thesaurus Linguarum Hiberniae in Ireland). She is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a visiting lecturer at the University of Dublin and at the University of Ulster. A dedicated teacher and international lecturer, she is a pioneer in the field of modern versions of the classics, in films, plays and opera.

With over one hundred publications, she is the author of Terms for Happiness in Euripides; Euripides in Cinema: The Heart Made Visible; and Ancient Sun, Modern Light: Greek Drama on the Modern Stage; concordances to Euripides' plays; a translation of Japanese short stories: The Cost of Kindness, and Other Fabulous Tales; Star Myths: Tales of the Constellations. Forthcoming books are: Myths of the Zodiac; Sing Sorrow: Ancient Classics in Modern Opera; and Cordoned Territories: Drama as Freedom or Constraint.

She founded the McDonald Center to combat drug and alcohol abuse. She has honorary degrees from the American College of Greece, University of Dublin, the Archeological Institute of Greece, the University of Athens, and the University of Thessaloniki. She has received,among other awards, the highest award of Greece, the Order of the Phoenix, the University of California Irvine medal, and Distinguished Medal of the City of Athens; also other awards from Delphi, Piraeus, and University of Thessaloniki. She is an honorary citizen of Delphi. In 1997 she was given the Gold Star award by the San Diego Performing Arts League for her work with the arts in San Diego. In 1998 Italy gave her the Eschilo d'Oro(Golden Aeschylus) award.

Professor Marianne McDonald has recently been awarded the 1999 Ellis Island Medal of Honor. This prestigious award was established in 1986 by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) to pay tribute to outstanding members of the ancestry groups that comprise America's unique cultural mosaic.

McDonald's translation of Antigone (published by Nick Hern) was directed by Athol Fugard and performed in Ireland; it went on to Delphi and Vienna's international festivals (1999-2000), and her version of Trojan Women, was directed by Seret Scott, at the Old Globe in San Diego (Fall, 2000).