SAG • AFTRA | AEA | NYC
Donna can be seen in the feature films The Networker, playing a flirtatious acupuncturist, and American Fango, which has won over 30+ awards at festivals. Both can be viewed on DVD, Amazon Prime and on most on demand platforms. On television, she has appeared most notably on ABC Primetime: What Would You Do? playing a shoplifting mom and a disruptive gym member. Many of her short films have also made their way to the festival circuit: The Troy Shawn Welcome Story, Shear Pratique, Lipstick Lies, In Loving Memory of Uncle Harold, Egress and Saving Father. Donna’s episode of the “The Cougar”, in the award-winning web series 12 Steps to Recovery, was the most viewed webisode of the series hitting over two million views. While she enjoys playing these oh-so-fun cougars and feisty women shaking things up, she equally loves playing very raw and emotionally distraught women. Next up, see Donna in the feature film The Atlantic City Story where she shares a brief but poignant moment opposite Mike Faist (West Side Story, Dear Evan Hansen).
Donna was born in La Jolla, but spent all of her childhood in NYC and NJ. She then completed her education in Boston and France. After studying English and 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 jazz/cabaret singer at night. Making her way back to NYC she continued to hone her craft and take classes at The School For Film and Television now NYCDA, at Esper Studios with David Newer, and most notably with Terry Schreiber and Larry Moss. She is a proud member of SAG•AFTRA, AEA and NYWIFT.
On a personal note, Donna is a huge lover of fine dining and, through this love, evolved her passion for creating and designing gourmet salads. The most exciting job Donna ever had besides performing was working at a Video Dating Service in Boston where she helped hundreds of people find love and happiness. She’s a huge tennis fan, plays a mean game of ping pong and likes to begin everyday with Yoga and a smile.
Motto: “Dance like nobody’s watching; love like you’ve never been hurt. Sing like nobody’s listening; live like it’s heaven on earth.” -Mark Twain