WINNER: DONNA STRONGER THAN PRETTY
Best Film in 15+ festivals including Soho Int’l, LIIFE, Queen Palm, Chelsea
Like many children who grow up in the south, I took great delight in singing in the church children’s choir, even after one particular incident where the kid in front of me turned around and told me not to sing so loud! Never deterred, I continued that love of music into college and beyond, having a career in singing and teaching singing for thirty-one years. I wrote grants, commissioned new works, and performed them on stage and on recordings.
Early on in my singing career, one of my directors had us begin exploring/staging the opera with only the text, finding the moments of action and truth from the script. It was exhilarating: even though there were—and are—definite beats to the text, I had a new- found freedom to deliver my lines that I had never had before. It was a new world! You would have thought that theatre would be the natural route for me to go, but I was drawn to the smaller screen, and have been fascinated with it ever since!
I have been fortunate enough to work on several short films with meaty parts that helped me get my feet wet, and a couple of feature films that I have thoroughly enjoyed. Fast forward to this past fall, when I just finished a recurring day player role in a new Netflix movie—I am beyond grateful for every opportunity to play and grow and am fortunate to work as a bicoastal actress (New York | Miami, FL | Atlanta, GA | Los Angeles)...
I have now studied with amazing acting/TV film teachers Matt Newton, Anthony Robert Grasso, Scott Freeman and Marjorie Ballentine. They push me to strip away the layers, and to find my own truth. As the ever-inspiring singing coach, John Wustman, told me a long time ago, “Go for the gold.”
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