Originaire de la Rive-Sud de Montréal, François est comédien et auteur nommé quatre fois aux prix théâtraux Dora Mavor Moore de Toronto. Parfaitement bilingue, il est diplômé du conservatoire de théâtre de George Brown College à Toronto et détient aussi une maîtrise en histoire de l’art de l’Université McGill.
Comme comédien, on a pu le voir au petit écran dans THE EXPANSE (Amazon Prime), LETTERKENNY (Crave), MAYDAY (Canal D), CANADA: THE STORY OF US (CBC) ainsi que dans plusieurs court-métrages et publicités. On a également pu le voir dans de nombreuses productions théâtrales dont LE MENTEUR (Théâtre français de Toronto), LES ZINSPIRÉS PUISSANCE 4 (TfT), THE WAGER (Theatre Gargantua), EAST OF BERLIN (Essential Collective Theatre) et OUR TOWN (Buddies in Bad Times/Rusticle).
All three actors give compelling performances. […] Macdonald has the challenging job of keeping the audience’s attention throughout the ninety-minute drama – he serves as a narrator for a good portion of the story, and never leaves the stage. He skillfully manoeuvres his way from portraying a high school student innocently discovering his father’s dark past for the first time to playing a young man seven years later, hardened by the realities of his life that have led him to the darkest of places.
François Macdonald is well cast as Dorante’s valet Cliton, a young man who is a plain-speaker as much as his master is not. Macdonald lends Cliton a charming naïveté showing that even he can still be taken in by Dorante’s lies. One is tempted to see the Dorante-Cliton relationship as a precursor of the Dom Juan-Sganarelle relationship in Molière’s Dom Juan, except that Macdonald suggests that Cliton remains with Dorante not because Dorante still owes him money but because they are much more friends than master and servant and Cliton seeks, in vain, to protect Dorante from the effects of Dorante’s mendaciousness.
I imagine hiding anything with such a larger-than-life cast would be hard. [Nico] Racicot as Dorante seemed determined to eat the scenery, flouncing across the stage, oozing charm and confidence. Set against the straight man Cliton, played by an earnest–but just as charmingly corrupt–François Macdonald, you have a great comedy duo.
“The company smartly sends out an actor to escort the audience down the sketchy path to the hidden space (but don’t be fooled by this gentlemanly introduction, François Macdonald transforms mid-evening into an effectively hateable villain; you should be more careful about who you let walk you down dark alleys).”
ANNA KARENINA 2015