Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Donald was educated in the Public and Parochial school systems. Donald is a graduate of the Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater with a minor in African American Studies. Throughout his career, he has learned the importance of the performing arts in the youth population and has developed a stronger sense of pride and concern for Urban America. He has worked as a Casting Director for Mission Films and has held positions at several local theaters in the Philadelphia area including New Freedom Theatre, Merriam Theatre, Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, Walnut Street Theatre and Forrest Theatre. Donald has also completed
Freedom Theatre's Adult Performing Arts Training Program.
As a former youth journalist, Donald has completed internships with several local newspapers and received opportunities to be published in all of them. He is a former contributing writer for Rags ‘N’ Riches Magazine based out of Atlanta. Donald has also participated in Merriam Theater’s “Theater in Schools” Program where he assisted high school students in developing original scripts for theatrical production. He is the former Executive Director for the Kaleidoscope Community Arts Collective. He is a recipient of the 2006 Gladys Gordon Memorial Award for Theater Excellence and the 2006 1st Place Winner of the Temple University Research Forums Academic Research and Papers Competition (TOPIC: History of Black American Theatre). Before deciding to focus on a transition into screenwriting, his sole focus was his role as Founding Producing Artistic Director of DreamOn Entertainment, a nonprofit theatrical production and urban outreach company based out of Philadelphia.
Donald is currently working as an independent teaching artist, arts & entertainment marketing consultant, and live event director/producer. He has served as Drama Instructor at Thomas Edison High School and is also interested in screenwriting, television and film development and production, music video directing, artist development, talent management, and music production and singing. He produced “Pride and Prejudice: The Jazz Age” an original adaptation by TEEN ARDEN for the 2013 Philly Live Arts Fringe Festival. He held a position as Coordinator of Arden Drama School and Assistant Director of Arden Theatre Company’s production of Lydia Diamond’s Broadway hit drama, Stick Fly alongside award-winning Director Walter Dallas.
Acting Credits: LMS Productions Sankofa 2002, Philadelphia Young Playwrights and “Young-Young” Playwrights Festivals, HarMageddo Entertainment’s If It Ain’t Got That Swing TOUR, Marget Productions Rewind, and the Temple Theaters productions of Playboy of the West Indies, Ragtime The Musical, and a stirring performance as Levee in August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Other credits include the Spruce Hill Community Center’s 2006 Stage Readings. He’s also worked on the web series Green Piece, the independent film Mission’s Purpose and M. Knight Shyamalan’s The Happening. His most recent credit was as Beans, a 1940s street hustler in the short period film, Swing-The Movie, which will be circulating independent festivals after celebrating a World Premier release at Pearl Theatre North Philadelphia.
Directing Credits: Javon Johnson’s Homebound, Two One Acts in Temple University’s 2007 New Voices Festival, Christopher Sergel’s Stage Adaptation of The Outsiders, Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, Keith Antar Mason’s For Black Boys Who Have Considered Homicide When The Streets Were Too Much, Casey Kurtti’s Catholic School Girls, Alice Childress’s Mojo: A Black Love Story, and Black Harlem: A Tribute to the Renaissance which he also wrote. Assistant Director for Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly, Euripides’ Medea, James Ijames’ Osiris: Redux and Ain’t Nobody Gonna’ Turn Me Around, a civil rights musical. Directing Workshops: Neil LaBute’s The
Shape of Things and Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth