Jon-Marc McDonald is a current MFA student in the writing program at Columbia University. A native of Fort Worth, Tx, McDonald moved to New York City in 2001 to produce book signings for Barnes & Noble booksellers. McDonald then went on to work in communications for an international trade association before branching out on his own to become a publicist. Prior to moving to NYC, McDonald served as the youngest campaign manager in the nation in 1998 for Brian Babin’s unsuccessful congressional campaign (Babin finally won his congressional bid 2014 and currently serves in Congress as a member of the notorious Freedom Caucus). McDonald resigned from the campaign after an anonymous source threatened to out him as a homosexual. His resignation received widespread media attention for the sensational way it transpired.
Relatively Conscious, is set to premiere at the New York WinterFest, February 6, 7, and 10th, is being produced by veteran actor, Richard E. Waits. Waits, who has been with the play since the first reading, felt so drawn to its message that he decided to take on not only an acting role in the play, but a producing role as well. Waits has performed both on and off-Broadway, as well as stages around the world, and often says that he and the other actors sometimes believe in the play more than McDonald. Waits says McDonald has a way of writing that illuminates the obvious, that’s somehow still hidden.