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Graham McDonald

Courses taught

  • Student Performance Projects
  • Advanced Scene Study
  • Traditions


Graham is an actor’s director. He is known for his hands-on and personal style of coaching. Actors feel comfortable around him and he gets results. He has been producing independent theatre for over 20 years. His recent directing credits include Lear by Edward Bond – The Victoria Academy of Arts, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea by John Patrick Shanley – Belle & The Tide, Runaway by Mika Laulainen – Theatre SKAM, the operas Cosi fan tutte by Mozart and Don Pasquale by Donizetti – Fear No Opera, Blackbird by David Harrower, The Walworth Farce by Enda Walsh, The Crackwalker by Judith Thompson, Shining City by Conor McPherson, Pornography by Simon Stephens, The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee, The Caretaker by Harold Pinter, The Life Inside by J.F. Tait (AD) – The Belfry, Swimming to Cambodia Spalding Gray, and Moscow Stations adapted from the novel Vendict Yerofeev by Steven Mulrine, which had its off Broadway debut in NYC. Graham is also on faculty at Kaleidoscope Theatre. He has worked as a teacher and acting coach for the last 12 years.


“Graham has an unconventional head-to-tail approach to acting — he is able to create a teaching environment that feels safe to explore one’s individuality while celebrating the value of the team dynamic. Graham is one of the most caring and insightful teachers I have ever worked with.”
Fletcher Donovan, 
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Studios); DRINK, SLAY, LOVE (feature film)

“Graham McDonald’s style is like no other. He has the precision of a surgeon in his direction, and with his hands-on style, has the ability to completely reroute a scene, leaving the actors with a depth of understanding of themselves and their characters.”
Leanne Allen, Actor, Victoria

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