Donald McManus (on leave 2018-19)

Associate Professor

Theater Studies

Resident Actor/Director/Dramaturg

Theater Emory


Donald Cameron McManus was born in Montréal, Quebec and has worked professionally as an actor, director, musician and clown in Canada, the U.S., Asia and Europe. His research interests include: comedy, popular entertainment, clown, twentieth-century theatre, foreign plays in translation, scenography, interculturalism, and multi-media performance. Dr. McManus completed a BA at The University of Toronto and was awarded the Donald Matheson Springer Fellowship to pursue graduate studies at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he completed his Doctorate in 1998. His English translation of Man and Gentleman by Eduardo De Filippo was published in Forum Italicum in 2001. His book No Kidding! Clown as Protagonist in Twentieth-Century Theater was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2003 and was selected as an Outstanding Academic Title in 2004. Professor McManus has also published articles for The Journal of Drama Studies, Scenography International, The Routledge Companion to Actors’ Shakespeare and The Routledge Companion to Directors’ Shakespeare. Donald has participated as actor, director, dramaturg and acting coach in fourteen different productions since coming to Emory in 2006.