A Nantucket neighbor

About the author

Growing up in Riverdale near New York City, Sandy MacDonald spent winter vacations skiing in Vermont and several summers ensconced in an island lighthouse off Blue Hill, Maine. Over the past three decades, she has contributed travel articles to dozens of magazines and numerous guidebooks. In the past twelve years, she has branched into theatre and film criticism. She and her husband, John Devaney, a painter, share an 1860s townhouse in Cambridge, Massachusetts;a fledgling family compound on Nantucket; and a tiny Manhattan pied a terre that stares straight up the Empire State building.

Curriculum Vitae

EXPERIENCE

Writer specializing in theatre, travel, arts, books, design, 1984-present
Author: Quick Escapes Boston: 25 Weekend Getaways from the Hub (Globe Pequot, 2000; 2002)
Frommer's Cape Cod (Macmillan, 1997)
Cape Cod/​Martha's Vineyard & Nantucket (Access/​HarperCollins, 1994; 1996)
The Toys 'R Us Guide to Choosing the Right Toys for Your Child (Simon & Schuster, 1996)
Updates/​chapters: various Access, Fodor’s, Frommer's, Insight, and Yankee guidebooks, 1993-present
Currently contributing to: Boston Globe, EdgeMediaNetwork.com, NewEnglandFilm.com, Ski, TheaterMania.com, TheaterNewsOnline.com
Previous credits: AOL-Digital City Boston (2001-03); BookPage (2000-06); FamilyFun (children’s books columnist, 1991-2000); Microsoft’s Sidewalk: Boston (1997-98); Improper Bostonian (1996-97); Design Times (1992-2002), Worth (1991-93); Parenting (1988-92); New England Monthly (contributing editor, 1984-90); book columnist, Child (1988-89); New Age (1984-88). Additional articles in ArtsMedia, BookPage, Boston Magazine, Boston Phoenix, Country Home, Frequent Flyer, Family Circle, Island Scene, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, Miami Herald, Ms. Foundation , New England Travel & Life,New York Times Book Review, Travel Agent, Travel & Leisure, Women’s Sports & Fitness, Yankee Travel Guide.

Editor, in-house and free-lance
1988-92: Manuscript Submissions Coordinator, Adult Trade Division, Houghton Mifflin
1986-88: Assistant to the Director of Trade & Reference, Houghton Mifflin
1977-84: Senior Editor, New Age
1972-77: Co-editor, Aphra: The Literary Feminist Quarterly
1970-72: Editor, Scripts; Associate Editor, Performance (publisher: Joseph Papp)
1969-70: Assistant Editor, TDR: The Drama Review

Translator from French, Spanish, and Italian
Books: My Husband by Dacia Maraini (partial); Machu Picchu and Mysteries of the Great Pyramid (Avon, 1978-79)
Plays, stories, articles, and interviews by Aragon, Arrabal, Barthes, Goldmann, Jodorowsky, Maraini, et al., published in TDR, Aphra, and Short Story International (1969-89)

EDUCATION

Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Harvard University Extension Program, Hagen-Berghof Studio, Barnard College, Universidad Internacional Menendez-Pelayo (Santander, Spain), La Sorbonne, Academia
Hispano-Americana (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico), The Putney School (VT)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Society of Journalists and Authors, Authors Guild, Boston Theatre Critics Association, Drama Desk, National Book Critics Circle, New York Travel Writers Association, Society of American Travel Writers

AWARDS

Benjamin Fine Journalism Award for Outstanding Education Reporting , 1995
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literary Translation, 1989

Avocation: In recent years my love of music (and fading stagefright) has opened up a new world

Sandy MacDonald
Soprano 1 (F3 – D6)
617-283-0081
Sandy@​SandyMacDonald.com


Opera
Chelsea Opera
--Mother (cover)/​chorus, Madama Butterfly, June 2012
-- Contadina, Le Nozze di Figaro, 2010
-- Sorella Dispensiera, Suor Angelica, 2009
OperaManhattan
-- Sorella Dispensiera, Suor Angelica, 2012

Musical Theatre
On the Isle, Sconset (Nantucket), MA
-- Sister Amnesia, Nunsense, 2010
-- Ruth, Pirates of Penzance, 2008
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, MA
-- Jacquey, Sweet & Hot: The Songs of Harold Arlen, 2005
-- Sister Amnesia, Nunsense, 2004
Theatre Workshop of Nantucket/​Crystal Opera Consortium
-- Lady Ella, A Royal Evening of Gilbert and Sullivan, 1998

Solo Performances
Unitarian Church, Nantucket, MA
-- “Neverland” (Styne) and “Anyone Can Whistle” (Sondheim), 2012
-- “Laudate Dominum” (Mozart, Vesperae solennes de confessori), 2003, 2010
Nantucket Community Music Center
-- “Mirti, Faggi” (Caldara), 2007
-- “Heart, We Will Forget Him” (Copland), 2006
--“Summertime” (Gershwin, Porgy and Bess), 2004
--“God on High” (Les Miserables; duet with baritone Thomas Jones), 2004
-- “Caro Nome” (Verdi, Rigoletto), 2003
Congregational Church (Rose Sunday Concerts), Nantucket, MA
-- “La Vie en Rose” and “Je Ne Regrette Rien” (Piaf), 200
-- “I’ve Got You under My Skin” (Porter), 2006; “Habanera” (Bizet, Carmen), 2005
-- “Hab’ Mir’s Gelobt” and “Ist ein Traum” (Der Rosenkavalier), 2004
-- “Silver Aria” (The Ballad of Baby Doe), 2003
St. Paul’s Church, Nantucket, MA
-- “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” (Handel, Messiah), 2007
Yale Alumni Chorus, Milton, MA
-- “Kyrie” and “Gloria” (Schubert, Mass in G), 2005

Choral Experience
Current : New York: Oratorio Society of New York (Kent Tritle); Collegiate Chorale (James Bagwell). Boston: Tanglewood Festival Chorus (John Oliver). Past: Coro Allegro (David Hodgkins), 2005-09; Longy Chorale (Lorna Cooke de Varon), 1986-92; Harvard-Radcliffe Graduate Chorale (Mary Beekman), 1974-80; Jeunesse Musicale (Paris), 1965-66.

Education and Training
Voice: Paulette Allemand, Nantucket, MA (2001-04)
Acting: Hagen Berghof Studio, New York City

Special Skills
Instruments: Piano
Languages: French, Spanish, Italian

References
Dr. Gerald Mack, former director of Choral Activities at the Hartt School of Music: 508-228-9024
Lynne Hayden-Findlay, co-founder, Chelsea Opera: 212-260-1796