Kyle McDonald is a Toronto based actor, writer, singer, director, and producer; he studied Theatre and Drama Studies at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College joint program, and has an HBA in Theatre and Drama and a minor in Classical History. Vocally, he trained with the late Donna Sherman, with Helga Tucker at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and with Operatic legend Maria Pellegrini.
Kyle’s happy to be back with Pellegrini, and just recently sang the roles of James Bond in the world premiere of his opera in pasticcio James Bond: A Convenient Lie, the Opera, and the Marquis of Evermonde in the world premiere of an opera based on A Tale of Two Cities with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre. Some of his past credits include Sparafucile in Pellegrini Opera’s production of Rigoletto, Colline in Puccini’s La Bohème (Pellegrini Opera), and Plunkett in Flotow’s Martha. In the Theatre, some of his favourite roles include Hamlet in Hamlet Live, Clint in The Market, Cassio in Othello, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.
In the world of film, Kyle has most recently starred in the feature film The Market (which has been screen across Europe and India to critical acclaim), the short films Street Smarts, Insight (developed and produced by the RTA School of Media) and Phoenix, and co-starred in the short films The Car, and Made in Paris, (both of which were selected for the short-corner at Cannes); on television, he’ll be appearing as Lord Dunbar on Reign, as James Hart on a new series for the web called Actorapists (to be released in the early spring), and as the Dog Mocker on a new musical series for the web called Haunted. He’s also appeared as Nyuk Nyuk on the pilot for a three camera sit-com called Space Bacon, the super badie Azul in Connor Undercover 2 on Family Channel on demand, and Lieutenant Tannis on the award winning web series, Space Janitors, as well as Tom on the webseries Ryan Gosling Must Be Stopped.
As a producer Kyle has produced several stage productions, including James Bond: A Convenient Lie, the upcoming Fringe Production of his play Macbeth’s Head, The Duchess of Malfi, The Market, and Hamlet Live, which was live-streamed to Sick Kids’ hospitals across the country (a Canadian first), and several short films including Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, The Car, Street Smarts, a webseries called Actorapists, and line produced on the feature film The Market. He was recently a finalist in the Innoversity Summit Pitch Competition for one of his digital series, Gamers Anonymous.
In the world of voice over, in addition to numerous commercial appearances, he has most recently played George Washington and Vice President on the Emmy Award winning animated series Peg + Cat, Yoshio on Beyblades, Taylean on Bakugan Brawlers IV, and Metazor on Skatoony, as well as Dyson on the Lost Girl motion comic (nominated for a Gemini), and was the voice for the Evergreen charitable organization on the radio public service announcement called Trees, which won the Crystal award from the Radio Marketing Bureau for best PSA.
As a writer, he’s been produced as a playwright (Don Juan: An Episode), screenwriter (Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, Actorapists, The Car, Gamers Anonymous), has written a libretto for an opera called The Lion Heart, and was awarded the Winning Writer’s War Poetry award for The Rose Of Ilium, a poem composed in heroic couplets that tells of the doomed love between Achilles and Penthesilea. He has also created the book and score for the new opera based on James Bond. Also, look out for his new shorts series This Is Bill!
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