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Writer/Composer/Director/Engineer

KYLE DEREK MCDONALD

Narrator, Virilus, Sigurd, Xolis, Stugnetos, Timo, Geros, Alacare, Eadmond, Bohrok-Ti, Brugardo, Scurrin, Clenthé, As Cast

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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.

 

Kyle just recently sang the roles of Conan in his new opera in pasticcio Conan and the Stone of Kelior, Richard the Lion-Heart in his original opera  The Lion Heart  which premiered to critical success, Timur in Turandot, Basilio in The Barber of Seville, Friar Lawrence and the Prince in Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, Angelotti, in Tosca, James Bond in James Bond: A Convenient Lie, the Marquis of St. Evermonde in the world premiere of an opera based on A Tale of Two Cities with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre, and Sparafucile in Pellegrini Opera’s production of Rigoletto. Some of his other operatic roles include Colline in Puccini's La Boheme, and Plunkett in Flotow’s Martha.

In the Theatre, some of his favourite roles include The Head in Macbeth's Head, Hamlet in Hamlet, Clint in The Market, Cassio in Othello, and Romeo in Romeo and Juliet.

In the world of film and television, Kyle has most recently appeared on season four of The Handmaid’s Tale as a Commander, on season fourteen of Murdoch Mysteries as the dandy Courtney Van Doren, his short film Street Smarts, the feature film The Market (which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime), the short films 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’s appeared as Lord Dunbar on Reign, 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 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 (co-producer), and Hamlet  Live (co-producer), 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 (co-produced), Movies Matter, The Car (co-produced), and Street Smarts – two webseries – This is Bill, and 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. His two new operas – The Lion Heart, and Conan and the Stone of Kelior will be premiering in 2022. He also produced the full cast, fully scored and audio designed audiobook of his original Grand Epic Poem, The Blessed.

In the world of voice over, in addition to numerous commercial appearances, he has most recently played Laurence Fishbowl in the animated feature Gracie & Pedro, 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 has written libretti for three original operas, The Lion Heart, The Bat & the Bells, Possession, 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. 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, and he’s recently completed his novel length epic poem,  The Blessèd, which can be found here as a fully scored and foleyed audiobook.

 

In the world of composition, he’s composed a Synthwave album called Machine City, a not so optimistic musical journey into a future with autonomous AI. It’s available on iTunes. His original cast recordings with of The Lion Heart and Conan and the Stone of Kelior are also available on iTunes. His original compositions for The Blessed will soon be available for purchase.

 

For details on upcoming shows and ongoing projects, visit www.mightierproductions.com or www.kylederek.com. Subscribe for updates! On instagram find him @kylederekmcdonald, @thekylederek on YouTube, and @bedtimewithkyle on TikTok.

LUKE MARTY

Voice Actor

Sagir, Cratus, Thédd, Serjo, Kostax, Bor, Imperial Captain, As Cast

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Luke Marty is a classically trained actor, singer, voice-over artist, audiobook narrator, writer, and passionate storyteller.


Select Theatre: Jay - Stag & Doe (Capitol Theatre Port Hope), Jacob Mercer – Salt-Water Moon (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival), Kevin – Every Silver Lining (Next Stage Festival), Ensemble/Monty Navarro US – A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Finney/Judge/Stosh – Jersey Boys, Tom Jones – Legends of Rock N’ Roll (Stage West Calgary), Butch – Leading Ladies (1000 Islands Playhouse), Fitz – Fitz Happens! (Lighthouse Theatre), Bentley Drummle – Great Expectations (Neptune Theatre)
 

Select Voiceover/Video Game: Thomas and Friends, Glowbies, Let’s Go Luna, Doki, Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs: Legion, For Honor, Assassins Creed: Syndicate, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

 

Select Film/TV: Christmas At The Drive In, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Winter Palace, Mayor of Kingstown, Buffaloed, The Cocksure Lads Movie, Regression, The Witness Box, V Wars, Anne, Titans, Reign, Good Witch, Mayday, In Contempt, Shadowhunters, Rogue, Coming In, Killjoys, Shakespeare At Play (App)

 

When not performing, Luke is a beta reader, editor, and writing coach with yourbetareader.com.

ANDREA IRWIN

Voice Actor

Fré, Thalia, Iréna, Mother Thunderwold, Alba, Bírka, As Cast

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On Stage: Much Ado About Nothing (Dauntless City Theatre), Omission (Alumnae Theatre), Hogtown: The Immersive Experience (Hogtown Collective), Proof (Theatre UnBlocked), Toronto, Mississippi (Panfish Productions), among many others.

 

On Screen: Various tv commercials...often involving a cleaning product.

 

On the Books: George Brown Theatre School and Queen’s University Drama.

 

Off the Air: When not performing, Andrea works with seniors with dementia and young children.

BRIANNE TUCKER

Voice Actor

Kassani, Rhodôthi, As Cast

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Credits include Bentboy (Young People's Theatre), The 39 Steps (St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival),  Salt Baby and Boeing Boeing (Magnus Theatre), Mno Bimaadiziwin (Theatre By The Bay), Murder at the Howard Johnson's (Orillia Opera House), One Slight Hitch (Upper Canada Playhouse), Dark Heart (Thought for Food), Perfect Wedding (Lighthouse Festival & Showboat Festival Theatre) and The World Beloved: A Blue Grass Mass (Carnegie Hall) TV credits include The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu).

 

You can also hear Brianne's voice on Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum and numerous audiobooks.

Brianne will next be appearing across Ontario in Tomson Highway's The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito and Honour Beat (New West Theatre)

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