Donnetta Lavinia Grays is a Brooklyn based actor and playwright. Her acting credits include; BROADWAY: Sarah Ruhl’s 'In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play' and Lisa Kron’s 'Well.' NY THEATRE: 'The Wii Plays' (Ars Nova) 'Be the Death of Me', 'In the Footprint' (The Civilians), 'Shipwrecked! An Entertainment' (Primary Stages) and 'A Long and Happy Life' (New York Stage and Film). REGIONAL THEATRE: 'Veils' (Portland Stage Company) 'Twelfth Night' (Westport Country Playhouse – Broadway World Award Nom.), 'Ruined' (Arena Stage – Helen Hayes Nom.), 'No Child…' (Hartford Theaterworks- 2 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards) 'Joe Tuner’s Come and Gone' (Baltimore Centerstage), 'Well' (Huntington Theatre, Arena Stage), 'A Raisin in the Sun', 'The Royal Family' (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), 'Twelfth Night' (LA Women’s Shakespeare Co.) FILM: 'Wild Canaries', 'The English Teacher', 'The Wrestler', 'Shook',' Where Do We Go From Here?' TELEVISION: Recurring roles on AMC's 'Rubicon', NBC's 'Mercy' and 'L&O: SVU' (4 seasons). Guest starring roles on 'Blue Bloods', 'The Blacklist',' A Gifted Man', 'Law and Order', 'L&O:CI' and 'The Sopranos.'
Her plays include 'The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition' (2013 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist) 'The New Normal', 'The Cowboy is Dying' (both produced by Coyote REP) 'Sam' (2014 Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Semi-Finalis), 'The B Factor' and 'Absence of Faith.' She is a terraNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright Group alum, a Women’s Project Playwrights Lab Semifinalist, a Lark Playwrights’ Week Semifinalist and is the first ever recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. Her work has been presented as part of The Women of Color Arts and Film Festival, Coyote REP’s Works-in-Development Series, Naked Angels’ 1st Mondays, Slant Theater Project’s On This Island, terraNova Collective’s Groundworks Series, TOSOS Theater Company’s Robert Chesley / Jane Chambers Playwrights Project, Classical Theater of Harlem’s Playwrights Playground, Pride Goes East, Spirit of Pride at St. John the Divine and with Kathleen Warnock’s Drunken! Careening! Writers! Series at KGB Bar.
Donnetta taught voice, movement and acting at the New York Film Academy and advanced voice and speech, beginning acting, and movement to undergraduate students at the University of California-Irvine. When in performance at regional theaters she has introduced Fitzmaurice Voicework to private clients and taught middle school and high school students basic elements of theatre and storytelling. She has also taught movement and acting as a Teaching Artist with The Leadership Program.
She is an Associate Artist of The Civilians, a member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Coyote REP and TOSOS Theater Companies and is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild of America. BA: College of Charleston. MFA: University of California, Irvine.
Languages: English Specializations: Acting, Movement
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