Donald Mitchell
Actor, Singer
“…It’s a wonderful thing Don has created in my house. How many people can say they’ve had Scrooge jumping on their bed? I’m very fortunate.”
– Cathryn Thompson, Owner Mackechnie House (Go! Magazine-Arts Scene)

As far as the career of actor goes — I consider myself fortunate. I’ve performed in a wide variety of theatrical productions and in almost every type of job to be found in a theatre.

A high school production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ started a wave of thirty some odd musicals in the past twenty five years. Including four different companies’ versions of ‘West Side Story’ and
three separate cowboy stints in productions of ‘Oklahoma!’.

I originally hadn’t intended to perform in musicals. I’d hoped to focus on Greek plays and Shakespearean productions. I’ve been lucky to perform in both styles several times and I am looking forward to more classical theatre in the years ahead.

In self produced shows: I’ve performed in nine fringe festivals, in eight different cities across Canada; also spent four consecutive Decembers performing an adaption of ‘A Christmas Carol’ in an 1840’s period mansion—that has the audience following the candlelit actors room by room (mere inches from Scrooge).
In musicals some favourite roles to date include: Riff in ‘West Side Story’ for the Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, and the Ganaraska Festival Theatre; Jesus in ‘Godspell’ (with the award winning La Jeunesse Choir); Jesus in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (the Northumberland Players); and Che in ‘Evita’ for the Victoria Operatic Society.

Recently, I directed three short operas O D’Amarti O Morire by American composer Peter Fischer, A Hand of Bridge (Barber), and Dieppe by Canadian composer Matt Tozer for Toronto Chamber Opera Productions.