Actor • Writer • Comedian
Zoe McDonald is a writer, actor and comedian, who has performed and written for theatre and television. She debuted her one woman show FOMO: The Fear of Missing Out at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 2013, winning the Adelaide Fringe Festival Tour Ready Award, and went onto sell-out seasons in Adelaide and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Zoe debuted internationally in 2014, with the Huffington Post UK naming her as one of the “Four female comedians to watch at the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.” In 2016 Zoe returned to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (Malthouse Theatre) with her multi-character comedy Good Morning Mofo. She was named one of “Three must-see women” at the MICF, alongside Celia Pacquola and Hannah Gadsby.
In 2015 Zoe was part of the writing team for sketch comedy series Open Slather on Foxtel’s Comedy Channel, then in 2017 starred in the award winning web series Sexy Herpes.
In 2018, Zoe graduated with a Masters of Screenwriting (first class honours) from the Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne.
In 2019, Zoe co-wrote and produced comedy short Butch (with Holly Austin), with support from Queerscreen. The film successfully toured internationally, screening at New York's NewFest Film Festival and Frameline, San Francisco LGBT Film Festival , winning 'Best Screenplay' at the Sydney Mardigras Film Festival.
In 2020, Butch received development support from Screen Australia to develop into a series. That same year Zoe received support from ABC’s Fresh Start Fund to develop her comedy/crime series Mackie and Finch.