Donna has lived in NYC, NJ, Boston and France. After studying English & Theatre at Boston University, she trained in the intensive summer dance program at Harvard University with master teachers including Elizabeth Streb and Mark Dendy. A year abroad in France allowed her to study French during the day at the Université de Grenoble while performing as a cabaret singer at night. Making her way back to NYC she continued to hone her craft at The New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts, Esper Studio and most notably with Terry Schreiber and Larry Moss.
Several of her short films have had success on the festival circuit. The Troy Shawn Welcome Story screened at the Urbanworld Film Festival, the San Diego Black Film Festival and is also shown regularly on the Reel Works educational station. Shear Pratique screened at the Cinéglobe Film Festival in Switzerland, the International Film Festival Manhattan and the SAG Foundation Film Festival in NY. Saving Father, her most recent short film, screened at the The Ocktober Film Festival, the Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival and the Newark Film Festival during the Women in Film Program.
Donna's episode The Cougar in the award-winning web series 12 Steps to Recovery was the most viewed webisode of the series on YouTube hitting over two million views. 12 Steps won Best Webisode and Television Show at the Urban Media Makers Film Festival and four awards at LA Web Festival 2011, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series. The show has aired on BBN (Black Broadcasting Network) on Verizon FiOS, and on Punch TV.
Donna's recent film The Networker has screened at the Soho, Hoboken and Golden Door International Film Festivals and had its worldwide release through The Orchard - A Sony Company. It is now available on Amazon Prime, DVD, Blu-ray and online platforms. And be sure to look for Donna in the hit feature American Fango. It's been a huge success in film festivals around the world - It's already won over 30 awards internationally!