Grafton Doyle is an Actor, Improviser, Writer, Producer, Director for varied mediums. Over the course of his career, Grafton has produced and directed several shows throughout San Francisco and Los Angeles. Performing in an assortment of venues, from The Beverly Hills Hotel to Culver Studios, Grafton is also very active in the film and TV world. Most recently, he can be seen as Gordy’s Dad on Walk the Prank for Disney Channel as well as a lone ranger type in Phillipp Hartmann’s new Sci-Fi Western film Tug of War. He is currently performing on the Indie Improv team MOGWAI! He also is teamed up with sketch writers Kat Ahn and Abigail Brosh and can be seen is their most recent works of “Blonde Audition” and “Kung Fu Bitches”.
Growing up, Grafton Doyle was always the entertainer. He would put on performances for his friends, family, and classmates. In the fourth grade, Grafton even pitched a play to direct and produce to the Principal of the elementary school he attended. The theatre has always been his first love.
His passion for the arts carried with him over the years that followed as he began studying acting in college.
Theatre credits include: Edward in Spike Heels, Pip/Theo in Three Days of Rain, Beau in The Cottage, Nick in The American Plan, Titus in the Curious Savage, and Agent One in Ethan Coen’s Almost an Evening. TV credits: Walk the Prank (Disney), Dante’s Cove (HERETV). Additional film credits include: Tug of War directed by Philipp Hartmann, Wally’s Will (Dallas Film Festival Winner), RegionRat, & The Illuminati Puppet. Grafton is also a Co-Founder of Pop-Up TheatreLA!, and currently serves as a Producer for the immersive & site specific performance company.
In 2014, Grafton Doyle and a group of fellow artists realized that the exciting theater scene in Los Angeles needed more attention. This inspired them to create Pop-Up Theatre LA, a company that brings immersive and site-specific performances to the audience. It brings the entertainment directly to you in your living room, on your back porch, or at your next event. There are famous plays to pick from in their repertoire as well as original works from local playwrights and materials catered to specific events. Pop-Up Theatre LA has performed at many notable locations including The Palm Springs Art Museum, Bunker Hill Towers in DTLA, The Beverly Hills Hotel, and SpaceBohemia. An intimate theatre experience comes alive anywhere you choose.
Grafton Doyle has always considered himself a “go getter” when it comes to achieving his dreams. His acting career has proven to be useful during his entrepreneurial pursuits. Creating Pop-Up Theater LA has really given him an appreciation for how much work it takes to not only build a business from the ground up but also create it’s success. You really need to have your hands in all roles when you are an actor, director and producer and these skills have translated well into his entrepreneurial pursuits since it is important to have your hands in everything while building a business as well. Grafton has had the opportunity to learn and grown through this experience and the challenges they faced while growing this business has given him a well-rounded perspectives on the trials and errors that go into building a business.
Learn more about PopUp Theatre LA, please check out the company’s official website.
Grafton Doyle’s Education
Grafton Doyle graduated from the Meisner Technique Studio of Acting in 2011 under instruction and mentorship of Jim Jarrett. In Los Angeles, Grafton has completed studies with Stan Kirsch, Diana Castle at The Imagined Life, Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) as well as voice with Jeremy Silver. Currently, he is a student at University of Southern California (USC) where he is studying both International Relations & Screenwriting. Grafton Doyle is one of over 25,000 graduate students at the university which has been around since 1880.
Outside of his professional endeavors, Grafton enjoys cooking, entertaining, and staying active. He is particularly passionate about running, swimming, lifting, and hiking. Most importantly, he indulges in SightGlass coffee, Gummies, and 1/2 hour comedies. He enjoys hosting dinner parties and cooking for family, friends, and guests. Trying out new recipes is one of Grafton Doyle’s favorite past times and he enjoys to cook farm to table food, Mediterranean, Thai, and Mexican. He is looking forward to starting a video series that is both interactive and fun to viewers when approaching cooking and trying out new recipes.
In addition, Grafton Doyle is an Airbnb Host in Los Angeles. He gives his guests the full experience of what it is like to be an actor in LA. This includes and acting workshop in Echo Park where aspiring actors and actresses can learn and grow with tips on lines, techniques, and presence. Also provided is a dinner with actors and producers in the current industry. This gives guests the opportunity to be able to pick the brains of actors and people in the industry living in Los Angeles all in a comfortable setting. After that, guests are fully immersed into a production both onstage and backstage and see a performance in action.