My varied (to say the least) career has given me the opportunity to offer Creative and Organizational support to many kinds of projects…

Theatre/performance arts
Writing projects: Film, Stage, and Literary/Creative writing
Visual Arts
Cultural, Community, and Educational Events

Current and Recent Projects

Early spring in the Highlands; the view from Cnoc na Cuaiche, The Hirsel.

Early spring in the Highlands; the view from Cnoc na Cuaiche, The Hirsel.

The Hirsel is a small family-owned farm, located in an ‘area of outstanding natural beauty” in the Scottish Highlands. After a  long period of dormancy, the farm is now being taken through an extensive renovation process by farm manager Donald Gillies and myself. When The Hirsel is fully up and running, it will be a diversified business with three branches: animal and crop farming, farm services for hire, and cultural tourism activities and accommodation. Follow us on The Hirsel’s Facebook page for updates.

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative (IAI) is a social enterprise formed for charitable purposes. The organisation is based

Handmade decorations for ‘Bloomin Marvelous Inverkeithing’. Foto by Mary Farrell

in Inverkeithing, Fife, registered with the Companies House UK as a Community Interest Company (CIC) # 489172, and has been formed ” to facilitate and support opportunities for community participation in a broad spectrum of educational, cultural & heritage, artistic, and any other activities which foster creativity and lifelong learning.” I worked with IAI as a founding director during the company’s first year of operations.

For more information about Inverkeithing Arts Initiative visit: or

Attune Theatre Company (Stewart Marshal, Artistic Director) is a promising young theatre company located in Glasgow, which exists to present the works of Stewart Marshal. I’ve served as an occassional outside consultant and dramaturg for Mr. Marshal and the company. For more information about Attune Theatre Company, visit:

As a writer, I’m working up a film treatment based on the true life story of a man who quit drinking…and then went insane.

As a translator, there are three Dutch-to-English film projects currently live, two of which will ultimately be produced in English, while the third script is being used to garner international partners for a Dutch language film. A fourth film project, on which I served as a member of the writing team, is also in development.

Other Recent projects have included:

The cast of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Inverkeithing 2014

The cast of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Inverkeithing 2014

Inverkeithing Arts Initiative’s first public event was A Handmade Holiday, which included a live reading of Charles Dickens’ novella A Christmas Carol (for which I served as editor and director) and an Art and Crafts Market featuring the work of local Fife makers. A Handmade Holiday took place on December 12th and 13th, 2014, at the Inverkeithing Civic Centre. This was followed up by the equally successful ‘Bloomin’ Marvellous Inverkeithing’, which included a Tea Dance with a live swing band and another Art and Crafts Market, and which took place on May 1st and 2nd, 2015. I again served as a project partner for ‘Bloomin’ Marvelous’.

In December 2014, I returned to Amsterdam to direct a reading of A Christmas Carol with Theaterworks Amsterdam alumni during the week of December 15th 2014 for a school presentation at Orion College, and two performances at Mike’s Badhuistheater in Amsterdam East.

In June 2014, I participated in the National Theatre of Scotland’s “The Great Yes, No, Don’t Know, Five Minute Theatre Show”, directing It’s Not Yous, It’s Us, by Stewart Schiller, and Dead Heat, by Robert Dawson Scott.

What can I do for you?

Kenan Raven, Carl Lewis & Claartje van Swaai in

Kenan Raven, Carl Lewis & Claartje van Swaai in “The Crucible”, Amsterdam

Creative support

Writing (English) and translating (Dutch to English):
stage- and screenplays
creative writing
blogs/web content
promotional materials (press releases, Social media)
program and funding applications

Solo acts, new works, and classics with topical relevance;

Consultation and coaching:
Playwrights and Screenwriters, Dutch and English languages;
Actors and public speakers, including ESL performers;
Talent/project scouting
Art exhibitions / curator

Organizational Support
experienced in the following areas:

City Lights Theater Company, 1980's

City Lights Theater Company, 1980’s

Associate  Producing and Producing (small to medium scale);
Project and event management;
Creative and meeting venue management;
Staff, board and volunteer management;
Community outreach and troubleshooting;
Getting organized: scheduling and task list assistance;
office management

I can be as ”hands on” as your project needs. From a light touch of support through coaching or consulting, to full-on writing or project development…and more. Together, we will tailor our working agreement to suit you and your project.

Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard
“Dress to Kill” 1998
Westbeth Theater Center NYC

“Donna is a serious, committed theatre professional.  She has excellent organizational skills and a keen eye for discovering new talent.  She is fully able to nurture new voices and work within a creative process to develop it to the fullest potential.  She gives herself fully to the artist and the results of her labors have led to several workshops here in New York City.  She is tough and determined and I know any theatre employing her will benefit from their association.” – Arnold Engelman, Producing Director, Westbeth Theater Center (now Westbeth Entertainment)

Long or short term projects welcome

Fees tailored to your project and budget

Willing to travel / international projects welcome

Opening: Aerosol Odyssey , ABC Treehouse

Opening: Aerosol Odyssey
ABC Treehouse, Amsterdam

Culture and Donna define each other. She chooses, promotes, produces, and inspires many differentkinds of activities.  The people who join in are individuals, creative, effective, and lively – her space is not for hangers-on or couch-sitters! In the past years, the place she has occupied has attracted talent and creativity and held events that allow people of all sorts to create together.  Any community would benefit and she should have full support and encouragement.  I urge you to give it. – – Carrie Ballard, owner Vestri Optics


Visit this page for my CVs, project lists and contact information.

Click here for a bit of my backstory.

Do you have an idea you’d like to turn into reality? Contact me, and let’s make it happen:


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