Kyle McDonald: Canadian Bass. Kyle 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. He is also the Managing Director for North American Operations at Octant Aerospace Consulting.
Onstage, Kyle recently appeared as Timur, in Turandot, and Basilio, in The Barber of Seville (Opera by Request) Friar Laurence and the Prince in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette (Pellegrini Opera), as Timur in Puccini’s Turandot in Ottawa, as James Bond in his new opera in pasticcio James Bond: A Convenient Lie in Ottawa, Ontario, and as The Head in the critically acclaimed new production of his play Macbeth’s Head in Toronto, Ontario. Some of his other recent credits include the Marquis of St. Evermonde in the world premiere of an opera based on A Tale of Two Cities with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, Angelotti and Sparafucile in Pellegrini Opera’s productions of Tosca and Rigoletto respectively, and Plunkett in Von Flotow’s Martha. In the Theatre, some of his favourite roles include Hamlet in Hamlet, 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 How to Be More Inclusive, Street Smarts, Insight (developed and produced by the RTA School of Media) and Phoenix, and co-starred in the short films Monster, The Car, and Made in Paris, (all of which were selected for the short-corner at Cannes); on television, he’s appeared most recently on Mayday, as Lord Dunbar on Reign, as James Hart on a new series for the web called Actorapists (see website for episodes), and as the Dog Mocker on a 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 apprenticed under Canadian legend Dale Barnes, and has produced several stage productions – Macbeth’s Head (NNNN- Now Magazine), James Bond: A Convenient Lie, The Market, and Hamlet Live, which was live-streamed to Sick Kids’ hospitals across the country (a Canadian first) – several short films – How to Be More Inclusive, Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, The Car, and Street Smarts – two webseries – This is Bill, and Actorapists – and line produced on the feature film The Market. He was 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 the Scotiabank popcorn astronaut in Cineplex Theatres, the villainous Cornacabra in Finish Line Games’ puzzle video game Maize, 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), 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, and was also the voice for Condom T.O. which picked up a bronze award at the Epica award show in Amsterdam.
As a writer, he’s been produced as a playwright (Macbeth’s Head, Don Juan: An Episode), and screenwriter (Street Smarts, This is Bill, Revenge for the Duchess of Malfi, Movies Matter, Actorapists, The Car, Gamers Anonymous), and written librettos for two original operas, The Lion Heart (to be workshopped in Toronto and Ottawa Fall/Winter 2020) and The Bat and the Bells (currently being composed), and created the book and score for two new operas in pasticcio, James Bond: A Convenient Lie, and his newest creation, Conan and the Stone of Kelior, which he will be staged in Spring 2021 in Toronto. He 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's also recently completed his first electronic music album called Machine City, a not so optimistic musical journey into a future with autonomous AI. Available on all steaming platforms. See the landing page for link.
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