Mrs. Mitchell-Donahue is the Theatre Director at Bishop McNamara High School and serves as the Department Chair for the Fine Arts Department. She has been a faculty member at BMHS since 2007. She was honored with the Bishop McNamara Caritas Distinguished Faculty Award in 2014, and was inducted as an Honorary Member of Tri M Music Honor Society in 2016. Mrs. Mitchell-Donahue was presented with the University of Maryland Baltimore County Humanities Scholars Exemplary Teacher Award in 2017. She hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Arts and Theatre, and a Master of Arts degree in Theatre, with a concentration in Acting and Directing, from the University of Maryland. She has over 40 years of theatrical experience in the Washington area. Mrs. Mitchell-Donahue has taught and directed at The Catholic University of America, Georgetown University, University of Maryland, and the College of Southern Maryland. Her teaching curriculum at BMHS includes: Introduction to Theatre, Acting, and Honors Great Stages of Drama. In addition, she directs the Fall Musical and the Spring Play, which students take for 0.5 credit each, as an Omega class. Past productions at BMHS include: Guys and Dolls, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweeney Todd, Pride and Prejudice, South Pacific, The Crucible, Les Miserables, You Can’t Take it With You, Anything Goes, The Learned Ladies, The Secret Garden, Shakespeare in Hollywood, The Pajama Game, Radium Girls, In The Heights, The Madwoman of Chaillot, Cinderella, The Importance of Being Earnest, Man of La Mancha, The Man Who Came To Dinner, Sister Act, and The Diviners.
Mrs. Donahue's theatrical philosophy has been influenced by the works of Constantin Stanislavski, Viola Spolin and Arthur Lessac. Her favorite quotation is: "Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art." Constantin Stanislavski.
Most Memorable Artistic Moment: I directed an original play at Georgetown University, based on the stories of O. Henry. The cast created the script through a series of directed improvisations, with original music scoring the entire play. The experience was that of an ensemble company working together artistically, culminating in a theatrical production.
Most Memorable Teaching Moment: When I witness the BMHS students teaching the Middle School students in Theatre Workshop, using my exercises and vocabulary, I know that I have truly instilled my knowledge and experience in my students.