Monan Professor Karen MacDonald Leads BC Affiliated Artists Honored by IRNE Nominations

This week, several artists with ties to the Boston College Theatre Department have been nominated for 2011 Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Awards. Since 1997, the IRNE Awards have recognized “the extraordinary wealth of talent in the Boston theatre community.” Leading the nominees is 2010‐2011 Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J. Professor in Theatre Arts Karen MacDonald, with four nominations. Frequent BC production designers Jeff Adelberg, Scott Clyve, Karen Perlow, Cristina Todesco, and BC alum Paul Daigneault ’87 have also been nominated.

“It’s wonderful news,” says Department Chair Scott T. Cummings. “The Theatre Department takes pride in having accomplished theater professionals working with our students.”

MacDonald is nominated for “Best Actress” for her work as Kate Keller in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the Huntington Theatre and “Best Solo Performance” in the Merrimack Repertory Theatre production of The Blonde, The Brunette, and the Vengeful. Karen was also in the cast of Huntington’s Bus Stop, which was nominated as “Best Ensemble” and “Best Play.”

Also notable is the nomination of Boston College alumnus Paul Daigneault ’87, Artistic Director of Boston’s SpeakEasy Stage Company. Paul has received IRNE nominations for his directing of Title of Show and Body Awareness. Paul returned to BC in the spring of 2008 to direct Urinetown the Musical.

The annual awards which were founded by Beverly Creasey of the Journal Newspapers and Larry Stark of TheaterMirror are announced each spring. This year the winners will be announced at an event at the Boston Center for the Arts on April 25, 2011. For more information, go to


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