Gates McFadden leads an exciting career in movies and TV. Perhaps best known for her role as Doctor Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gates has also worked for Jim Henson productions as a choreographer on films such as The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and The Muppets Take Manhattan.
The 1990 comedy Taking Care of Business starred James Belushi, co-starring McFadden and another TNG actor, John de Lancie (Q). In 1992, she appeared alongside fellow cast members Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner and Colm Meaney in a production of Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, which was performed in four cities. She also starred in the 1995 television series Marker with Richard Grieco and appeared in the made-for-television movie Crowned and Dangerous with Yasmine Bleeth in 1997. Additional television work was the role of Allison Rourke, Paul Buchman’s boss, in four episodes of the sitcom Mad About You. In the spring of 2006, McFadden appeared in a series of television commercials for Microsoft.
She has taught at several universities (AADA, Brandeis, Harvard, Purdue, Temple, the Stella Academy in Hamburg, and the University of Pittsburgh). As of August 2010, she was listed as an adjunct faculty member in the School of Theater at the University of Southern California. McFadden has been Artistic Director of Ensemble Studio Theatre of Los Angeles since January 2009.