Self Discovery

Black and white illustration of actor's comedy and tragedy mask

Abdullah Khalil discovered his love and talent for acting in the most coincidental way. As an undergraduate chemistry major, he planned to pursue a PhD in chemistry or to become a pediatric physician. However, just prior to attending medical school, his trajectory drastically changed after seeing a production of “Of Mice and Men” at The Hillberry Theatre in Detroit as part of the requirement for an elective class. Abdullah was so profoundly affected by the production, that he decided to study theater before the end of the night! He was stunned by the realization that the stage could provide a powerful vehicle to impact the human spirit and to affect change in a meaningful way. So upon completing his chemistry degree, he began taking theater classes with the Department of Theatre at Wayne State University in Detroit--instead of attending medical school.

To his amazement, Abdullah experienced a great deal of growth and success in his acting classes and was cast as a principal and lead performer in numerous main stage productions. Although he loved science, he discovered his calling in acting and theatre. The BFA in Theatre Program at Wayne State University provided Abdullah with the requisite drama, voice, and physical training to become a successful performer. As a theater student, Abdullah also had the opportunity to study at the world-famous Moscow Art Theatre School in Moscow, Russia. When he chose to pursue studies in theater, Abdullah didn’t realize that his decision would result in personal loss and hardship. Despite the experiences of personal loss and hardship, he realized that he was still fortunate because through acting, he found self-discovery. He believes that every sixty-hour work week, every tear, and every sacrifice has absolutely been worth finding his passion.


  • Hair: Brown
  • Eyes: Brown
  • Height: 5'8
  • Weight: 155

Filmography (Partial)

  • Project
  • Role
  • Director
  • A Yemini
  • Lead
  • Alyssa Amer
  • Bad Generation
  • Supporting
  • Tanner Novtny
  • They Don't Cast Shadows
  • Supporting
  • Melissa Goad
  • Believe
  • Lead
  • Yaqoub Al Shehab
  • Detroit Unleaded
  • Lead
  • Nola Nashef
  • My Stretch of Texas Ground
  • Supporting
  • Erich Kemp
  • Camp X-Ray
  • Supporting
  • Peter Sattler


  • Lopez vs. Lopez
  • Co-Star
  • NBC/Universal
  • S.W.A.T
  • Co-Star
  • CBS

Music Videos

  • I Am She
  • Lead
  • Steve Russell
  • Army National Guard Industrial
  • Supporting
  • James Mangold

Theatrical Experience (Partial)

  • Play
  • Role
  • Director
  • A Distinct Society (World Premier)
  • Payman Gilani
  • G. Sardelli/Pioneer Theatre Company, SLC
  • The Adding Machine
  • Mr. Zero
  • Jerry Cleveland/Bonstelle Theater
  • A Mid Summer Night's Dream
  • Puck
  • NJ Calarco/Bonstelle Theater
  • Blood Knot
  • Morris
  • Edward Smith/Studio Theater
  • One Flew Over The Coocoo's Nest
  • Cheswick
  • Edward Smith/Hilberry Theater
  • The Miracle Worker
  • Anagnos
  • Lavinia Moyer/Bonstelle Theater
  • The Trojan Women
  • Talthybius
  • G. Djiblowski/HFCC
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • L. Capulet
  • Lavinia Moyer/Bonstelle Theater
  • Pochahontas
  • Brave
  • D. Connely/Hilberry Theater
  • Children of Abraham
  • Fadi
  • Rick Sperling/Mosaic
  • Poem of the Cloak
  • Syed
  • Ray Alcodray/Ford Center

Education and Training

Intensive Training, Moscow Art Theatre School (MXAT)

Moscow, Russia

BFA Theatre, Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Scene Study/Private Coaching

Gregory Berger-Sobeck, Berg Studios

Auditioning for Film and Television

Howard Fine, Howard Fine Studio

Lyndon Technique

Amy Lyndon, Amy Lyndon Studio

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD), Western University of Health Sciences

Pomona, California

BA Chemistry, Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Special Skills

  • Fluent Arabic
  • Boxing
  • Stage Combat with Fencing
  • Hand-to-Hand Combat
  • Excellent Comedic Timing
  • Dialects
  • Fencing
  • Medical Professional
  • Valid US Passport
Abdullah dressed in traditional red and white Arab male headwear
Abdullah smiling wearing blue and white checkered shirt
Abdullah wearing a suit, light blue dress shirt, and blue tie
Abdullah wearing a white doctor's coat
Abdullah wearing a black kufi
Abdullah wearing a black dress shirt


Los Angeles, California

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