Cailin Doran is a director, actor, singer and academic originally from Denver, Colorado who regularly collaborates in a wide range of contemporary and classic drama, opera and music theatre.
In addition to her various production credits, Doran has worked as a teaching artist, leading student workshops with The Colorado Shakespeare Festival, The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Voices Boston, and The Boston Conservatory. Her theatrical voice is grounded in text and music analysis as a means of discovering and bringing nuanced choices to the stage through honoring the specificity of writers and composers. She is particularly drawn to ways classic musical theatre can be staged to reflect our modern world.
Doran graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2008 with a BFA in Musical Theatre and BA in Theatre with an emphasis in History. While there, Doran was a Kennedy Center American College Theatre nominee for her work with director Terry Berliner (B’Way: The Lion King, The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife ) on the world premiere musical Beneath the Surface. She was also an alumna Guest Artist with The University of Colorado Opera department’s production of Candide (The Old Woman) directed by the Tony nominated (Evita) Larry Fuller.
Significant past roles out West include: Beatrice Much Ado About Nothing, Desdemona Othello, Squeaky Fromme Assassins, and Laurey Williams Oklahoma!
Doran received her MFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory in 2016, where she was seen as Kate in The Wild Party (LaChiusa), Yvonne in Sunday in the Park with George, and in Little Murders (dir. Ken Baltin) as Judge Stern. While in school she also swung five roles with The Huntington Theatre Company in their critically acclaimed production of A Little Night Music, directed by Artistic Director, Peter DuBois.
Since graduating, Cailin has been nominated for a Best Actress IRNE (Shea, She Looks Good in Black) and debuted the world premiere of Dark Room with Bridge Repertory Theatre, featuring a cast of twenty two women. She has also had the total delight to judge the Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild’s state wide theatre festival for the past three years.
Her directorial debut was with MIT’s production of Yeoman of the Guard — adventurously set in the blitz of WWII. She spent two seasons as a Guest Teaching Artist with Voices Boston, directing Oklahoma! and Pirates of Penzance. In early 2019 she directed the Regional Premiere of Who is Eartha Mae? with Bridge Repertory Theatre, written by and starring Jade Wheeler, who was nominated for an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.
Cailin lives in Boston with her partner and six bicycles.