Maggie MacDonald

Maggie MacDonald is an author, musician and artist who has spent many years working with environmental NGOs and community organizations. She is the author of the science fiction novel Kill the Robot, and has recorded extensively and toured internationally as a musician with indie bands including the Hidden Cameras, fake nation and band Republic of Safety, the Dating Service, the Barcelona Pavilion, with whom she recorded a BBC Radio Peel Session, and Betty Burke, for which she co-wrote and directed the short film You Can’t Wear Suede in the Rain. Theatre works Maggie has written, directed, and composed music for include Young Drones, a rock opera created with The Bicycles with live animations by Amy Siegel (SummerWorks Performance Festival, 2013, 2014), No One Receiving, (Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 2014), and the musicals Paper Laced with Gold (HATCH 2012), and The Rat King Rock Opera (Lucille Lortel Theatre, NYC, 2007), most often in collaboration with Director/Producer Stephanie Markowitz.

In 2014 Maggie was a finalist for the 2014 Toronto Mayors Award for Best Emerging Artist, selected by the Toronto Arts Foundation jury. In 2012, she was selected as a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and was a member of the British Council’s Transatlantic 2020 network for young leaders from 2008-2013. Maggie has frequently appeared on Canadian TV and radio as an expert on environmental issues, and combines her background in environmental activism and community organizing in facilitation work and interactive art installations, including the “Dominion of Canada: Alternative History of the Present” interactive illustration and collage, and the “Live Footage from the Mars Colony” zoetropes on the theme of space colonization, presented at AGO First Thursday events. Maggie is currently the board chair of the Long Winter multi-arts festival, a Toronto based non-profit presenting emerging and established artists, and is at work on season 2 of the No One Receiving sci-fi serial podcast.

Maggie MacDonald as Beth Kane at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, photo by Guntar Kravis (2014)

Maggie MacDonald as Beth Kane at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, photo by Guntar Kravis (2014)

The ghost of Carson (Kathleen Philips) taunts Carlyn (Magali Meagher) in The Rat King Rock Opera. Photo by Lee Towndrow (2006)

The ghost of Carson (Kathleen Philips) taunts Carlyn (Magali Meagher) in The Rat King Rock Opera. Photo by Lee Towndrow (2006)

the Barcelona Pavilion (left to right: MacDonald,  Katarina Gligorijevic  of Ultra 8 Pictures, artist  Steven Kado  and Benjamin Stimpson

the Barcelona Pavilion (left to right: MacDonald, Katarina Gligorijevic of Ultra 8 Pictures, artist Steven Kado and Benjamin Stimpson

Amy Siegel handles paper cut animations from Young Drones (2014), a rock opera created with Amy and The Bicycles

Amy Siegel handles paper cut animations from Young Drones (2014), a rock opera created with Amy and The Bicycles