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  • Profile:

    Acting credits include Broadway’s IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY and WELL. Notable NY performance credits: TWELFTH NIGHT (The Public Theater – Mobile Unit) O, EARTH (The Foundry Theatre) MEN ON BOATS (Playwrights Horizons and Clubbed Thumb), SHIPWRECKED! (Primary Stages) IN THE FOOTPRINT and BE THE DEATH OF ME with The Civilians as an Associate Artist. Regionally she is a 2-time Connecticut Critics Circle Award recipient and Helen Hayes Award nominee. Performing at American Conservatory Theater, Portland Stage Company, Westport Country Playhouse, Arena Stage, Hartford Theaterworks, Centerstage, The Huntington Theatre, Barrington Stage, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Los Angeles Women’s Shakespeare Company. Film/TV credits include MATING, BOOK OF HENRY, WILD CANARIES, THE ENGLISH TEACHER, THE WRESTLER, THE NIGHT OF…, BLUE BLOODS, THE BLACKLIST, all LAW & ORDERS, MERCY, RUBICON, THE SOPRANOS and A GIFTED MAN. Her plays include LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE (2017 Kilroys List. 2017 Colorado New Play Summit. 2015 National New Play Network New Play Showcase. 2015 Todd McNerney National Playwriting Contest Winner. 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist), LAID TO REST (2017 Kilroys List, Honorable Mention. 2017 Space on Ryder Farm Creative Residency. 2017 Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep. New York Theater Workshop Mondays @ 3) THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION (2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist) THE NEW NORMAL and THE COWBOY IS DYING. She is a 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member, a member of the Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit and is the inaugural recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. She is also a Civilians R&D Group and terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright group alumna. Her work has been read or developed by Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Labyrinth Theater Company, New York Theater Workshop, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Portland Stage Company, Pure Theatre Company, [the claque], Naked Angels, Classical Theater of Harlem, Slant Theater Project, terraNova Collective, Theatre 4 the People, TOSOS, The Group Lab and Coyote REP.

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    Twitter: @DonnettaLavinia

    Degrees Held:

    MFA - University of California at Irvine

    BA - The College of Charleston 

    Professional Affiliations:

    Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

    Actors Equity Association

    The Dramatists Guild

    Fitzmaurice Institute - Associate Teacher

    The Actors Center Workshop Company

    The Civilians - Associate Artist

    Outside The Wire - Ensemble Member

    TOSOS Theater - Company Member

    Performances And Appearances:

    Helen Hayes Award Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play for ‘Salima’ in RUINED
     
    Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award Winner: Outstanding Debut Performance for ‘Ms. Sun’ in NO CHILD…
     
    BroadwayWolrd Award Nominee: Best Actress, Best Featured Actress for ‘Maria’ in TWELFTH NIGHT
     
    Dublin International Gay Theater Festival Best Actress Nominee: for ‘Brown’ in OUTLOOK
     
    PLAYWRITING RECOGNITIONS AND WRITERS GROUPS
     
    2017 Kilroys List - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE
     
    2017 Kilroys List (Honorable Mention) - LAID TO REST
     
    2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member
     
    2014-Present Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit 2015 New York Theater Workshop Mondays @ 3 - LAID TO REST
     
    2015 Todd McNerny National New Play Award for - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE
     
    2015 National New Play Network National Showcase of New Plays - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE
     
    2014-15 Civilians R&D Group 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist for LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE
     
    2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist for ‘THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION’
     
    2012 NY Innovative Theatre Awards Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award
     
    2012-2013 terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright Group

    Helen Hayes Award Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play for ‘Salima’ in RUINED Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award Winner: Outstanding Debut Performance for ‘Ms. Sun’ in NO CHILD… BroadwayWolrd Award Nominee: Best Actress, Best Featured Actress for ‘Maria’ in TWELFTH NIGHT Dublin International Gay Theater Festival Best Actress Nominee: for ‘Brown’ in OUTLOOK PLAYWRITING RECOGNITIONS AND WRITERS GROUPS 2017 Kilroys List - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2017 Kilroys List (Honorable Mention) - LAID TO REST 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member 2014-Present Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit 2015 New York Theater Workshop Mondays @ 3 - LAID TO REST 2015 Todd McNerny National New Play Award for - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2015 National New Play Network National Showcase of New Plays - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2014-15 Civilians R&D Group 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist for LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist for ‘THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION’ 2012 NY Innovative Theatre Awards Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award 2012-2013 terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright Group

    Awards And Honors:

     

    Helen Hayes Award Nominee: Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Play for ‘Salima’ in RUINED Connecticut Critic’s Circle Award Winner: Outstanding Debut Performance for ‘Ms. Sun’ in NO CHILD… BroadwayWolrd Award Nominee: Best Actress, Best Featured Actress for ‘Maria’ in TWELFTH NIGHT Dublin International Gay Theater Festival Best Actress Nominee: for ‘Brown’ in OUTLOOK PLAYWRITING RECOGNITIONS AND WRITERS GROUPS 2017 Kilroys List - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2017 Kilroys List (Honorable Mention) - LAID TO REST 2016-2018 Time Warner Foundation WP Playwrights Lab Member 2014-Present Actors Studio Playwright/Directors Unit 2015 New York Theater Workshop Mondays @ 3 - LAID TO REST 2015 Todd McNerny National New Play Award for - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2015 National New Play Network National Showcase of New Plays - LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2014-15 Civilians R&D Group 2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semifinalist for LAST NIGHT AND THE NIGHT BEFORE 2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist for ‘THE REVIEW OR HOW TO EAT YOUR OPPOSITION’ 2012 NY Innovative Theatre Awards Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award 2012-2013 terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright Group

    Current Courses:

    Foundation in Acting 2

    Independent Study

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