My varied (to say the least) career has given me the opportunity to offer Creative and Organizational support to many kinds of projects…
Current and Recent 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 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
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 occassional 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, 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:
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?
Writing (English) and translating (Dutch to English):
stage- and screenplays
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;
Art exhibitions / curator
experienced in the following areas:
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;
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.
“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
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.