Donna Susan Halperin
was born in a Brooklyn hospital, winter 1961.
At age 2 her family moved to Oceanside Long Island, on a street beside
the Waukena Waterway.
In her youth Donna sang in the school chorus. She played violin in her school orchestras; switching to viola in 6th
grade. Donna had a passion for acting as well enjoying parts in youth groups and summer camp.
Donna moved to her apartment overlooking Tompkins Square Park.
It was during those years that her creative youth came rushing back into her spirit.
With the drive to be a
theatre artist, the next 4 years were dedicated to weekly classes at
HB Studio, studying basic performance techniques, scene study and advanced improvisation.
Donna has performed her solo show on stage to various audiences.
Mostly staying close to the lower east side of Manhattan,
here are some venues where Donna has taken her show,
Otto's Shrunken Head
Blue Lounge (Brooklyn)
attending a show at Otto's Shrunken Head, musician Jim Petrie invited Donna to perform as a back up vocalist in his new
The Jim Petrie Band, had their 1st performance at Arlene's Grocery, NYC, November 4, 2013.
performing in the Jim Petrie Band bringing her to her 1st studio credit on a record by another artist.
Petrie and the Dirty Dishes was released in 2017.