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.
In the late 1970's and 80's, Donna spent her days off taking the train
to Manhattan to explore the thrift shops and shoe stores up and down 8th Street.
Nighttime was spent mostly at music venues; her bedroom walls plastered with photographs taken at shows.
...........The Jam, The Clash, The Undertones, The Cramps, The Slits, Boomtown Rats, Elvis Costello, Stiff Little
Fingers, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Ramones.......
Spring 1995, 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.
To her own surprise, Donna
then bought her 2nd guitar.
Her 1st guitar was a birthday wish at age 10.
As Donna puts it, " I played til
age 16 and then the insecurities of youth got the best of me"