Richard McDonald joins Cate as the Assistant Theater Director and Manager. He is extremely proud of his Australian/Fijian roots, which inform his art, his political views, and his island style. After graduating from UC Davis in Economics, Richard decided to pursue acting and earned a conservatory degree from Stella Adler Studio in New York City. Richard went on to earn an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College where he also taught as a graduate fellow in the Performing Arts department. Richard has performed in regional theatre across the U.S. and has also studied theater in the UK and performed in Australia. Richard is a multi-hyphenated performance artist who has written and directed short films that have been featured at The National Black Film Festival and the Culver City Film Festival where he took home the Social Impact Award in 2018. Richard is eager to share his energetic approach to theater with the Arts department at Cate and collaborate with Lydian Blossom.
Richard lives on the Mesa with his wife Maude Bond who is the Director of College Counseling. They enjoy traveling, dancing, listening to music, playing Spades, hosting game nights, and making each other laugh.