Reviews, Interviews, & Testimonies
The Ponte Vedra Recorder - 2023
"One thing about shows at the Alhambra is that they lead to people from outside the area playing roles, and one of those for "Miracle on 34th Street" is Kole Mitchell McKinley, who plays Marvin Shellhammer. McKinley lives in New York City but is spending his holidays in Jacksonville performing in "Miracle in 34th Street"...
OnStageblog.com - 2021
North Shore Music Theatre
Wheelock Family Theatre
Wellesley Repertory Theatre
Priscilla Beach Theatre
*Member of AEA since 1995*
"Kole is a pro. Pure and simple. His contributions to every production are rooted in an extraordinary talent, matched with equal parts hard work and discipline that truly set him apart. He is a joy to have as part of any company and he may be relied upon to deliver a performance that will stand-out. Audiences, fellow actors and directors are lucky, indeed, to have Kole onboard."
" ...The Stage Door’s McKinley is the ideal vehicle to be 12-year-old Josh Baskin’s 25-year-old body. Imagine a little kid having to drive a dump truck through a crowded street and you get the sense of McKinley’s portrayal of out-of-control-awkward as he crashes through an adult world he’s not prepared to navigate. It’s slap-stick funny, and yet real in reminding us all of the painful uncertainties of becoming grown up. McKinley’s voice is pitch-perfect and perfectly adapted to carrying the “big” songs of the show, from the tear-jerking “I Wanna Go Home”, to the explosively energized, “Make That Coffee Black! "
Executive Music Director: Cedar Fair Entertainment/Cedar Point
Vocal Music Director: Norwegian Cruise Lines, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Bristol Valley Theater, & Bigfork Summer Playhouse
Composer/Lyricist/Librettist: End of the Road
"Kole has been an absolute necessity to me over the years. From helping develop my newest musical, End of The Road, with his insight and absolute acting abilities, to being a great resource on various projects because he’s so giving and an all around good human being. If you have the opportunity to work with him, do it. You will not find a better performer or person."
Ira David Wood III
Executive Director - Theatre in the Park (Raleigh, NC)
Artistic Director - The Lost Colony
"It's been a privilege to get to know and work with Kole. He is a spontaneously charismatic and confident individual who brings a unique joy to his work. I believe Kole will be a true asset to any theatre, and is definitely someone who will continue to develop into an artist of true signature & intelligence. He is an extremely talented, professional and dedicated actor."