I’m not currently accepting assignments that take me off the farm, as I’m focusing (most of) my creative energies on making a success of Hirsel Enterprises/The Hirsel, the farm I run with my husband in the Highlands of Scotland. I am still accepting translation and writing assignments, and am particularly interested in farm & rural themed projects.
Meanwhile, if you want to know more about my varied (to say the least) career, read on…
Current and Past Projects
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 neglect, the farm is now being taken through an extensive renovation process by Donald Gillies and myself. Visit our website, or 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
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: https://www.facebook.com/InverkeithingArtsInitiative or www.inverkeithingarts.org.
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 occasional outside consultant and dramaturg for Mr. Marshal and the company. For more information about Attune Theatre Company, visit: www.attunetheatre.co.uk
As a writer and director, I’ve produced my scripts off-off Broadway, and in the multi-cultural stew that is Amsterdam; I’ve worked on screenplays as a co-writer, and as a script doctor; and I’ve written guest blogs for various online sites.
I’ve served as translator for multiple Dutch-to-English film projects currently in development, including a couple which will be produced in English. I’ve earned a reputation for speed, and for capturing the ‘voice’ of the original writer.
The ABC Treehouse was a small multi-culture center in Amsterdam, owned by the American Book Center (ABC). In the past few years, the ABC has taken it’s cultural programming completely in under the roof of their book stores, but while the Treehouse existed, it served as an important location for Dutch and international residents and visitors to meet for classes, art exhibitions, and events. During my tenure as the Treehouse manager, I brought my theater projects in-house, and ventured into exhibition curation, while professionalizing and expanding the Treehouse programming.
The Westbeth Theatre Center is located at 151 Bank Street in New York City. Under the direction of Arnold Engelman from the late 70’s to 2002, it was an 18,000 sq. ft. performance facility and production company with three stages and two full bar facilities. Under Mr. Engelman’s direction, it hosted “Showcase” and Off Broadway productions, cabarets, concerts and solo shows, as well as Broadway-bound rehearsals and outside events. As Associate Producer and Venue Manager for five years (1994-1999), my responsibilities included: client management, on-site event and production management; scouting and booking projects; troubleshooting capacity, box office, and guest list issues; oversight of all aspects of the day-to-day operations; hiring, training and supervision of staff and volunteers; community outreach and problem solving; facility management. I also curated the New Works program, for which I was responsible for playwright and script development; coordination and direction of readings and workshop productions; search and hire of workshop teachers and directors. Mr. Engelman continues to produce On- and Off Broadway as Westbeth Entertainment.
“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)
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
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