Neil Donohoe

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Dean of Theater

Neil Donohoe joined the Conservatory in 1985 as chair and director of the Theater Division and now serves as dean of theater. He has directed throughout New England, including productions with the Charles Playhouse and SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston), the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Waterville Summer Music Theatre (Maine), Timber Lake Playhouse (Illinois), College Light Opera Company (Falmouth, Massachusetts), Keene Summer Theatre, Bill Fegan Attractions (Dallas, Texas), and Chiswick Park Theatre (Sudbury, Massachusetts).

Donohoe was a principal singer for Light Opera of Manhattan (LOOM). He served as a director for the Green Mountain Guild of Vermont for several seasons and as a guest instructor at Boston University. For the Boston Pops, he staged the ensemble numbers for both the opening of the 1992 season (with guest Tyne Daly) and the 1993 tribute to John Williams. He also coached the Boston Pops' 1997 opening-night guest Elaine Paige, coordinated and staged performers for the nationally televised Fourth of July concerts on the Esplanade from 1998 to 2001, and has directed annual concerts featuring Boston Conservatory theater students since 1998. 

For Boston Conservatory, Donohoe directed the critically acclaimed American premiere of the National Theatre adaptation of Candide, the Boston premieres of Side Show (at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre), The Screams of Kitty Genovese (new work), Angels (new work), The Captain’s Daughter (new work), and The Human Comedy (first fully staged production), as well as Bernstein’s MASS, Sweeney Todd (1996 and 2010), Follies (1993 and 2008), A Time For Singing, Roberta, The Grass Harp, Iolanthe (1987 and 2006), Kismet (1987 and 2005), Street Scene (1986 and 2000), and West Side Story. He codirected, adapted, and produced Die Fledermaus at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

In addition, Donohoe produced and directed the 2007 fully staged workshop productions of Down There, by Brian Crawley and Lewis Flinn, funded by a grant from the Gilman & Gonzalez-Falla Foundation and arranged through the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Donohoe also produced and directed All Lost to Prayers, by Dana Brayton and Tom Evans, in 2006, and he directed a staged workshop of A Vision by Tom Megan at Suffolk University in 1987. As a producer, Donohoe coproduced the 125th anniversary of Boston Conservatory, starring Marvin Hamlisch and Liz Callaway, as well as a benefit production of Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (a Boston premiere) for the Boston Living Center and a benefit for the Fenway Community Health Center, starring Madeline Kahn. He also produced a Kurt Weill Festival and served as director of the annual Vincent Show for 10 years, raising money for the Women’s Care Division of Massachusetts General Hospital.

Donohoe serves on the board of directors of StageSource and the board of visitors of SpeakEasy Stage Company.