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
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"
1999 to the present:
Donna has performed her solo show on stage to various audiences.
staying close to the lower east side of Manhattan, here are some venues where Donna has taken her show,
After attending a show at Otto's Shrunken Head, musician Jim Petrie invited Donna to perform as a back up vocalist in
his new band.
The Jim Petrie Band, had their 1st performance at Arlene's Grocery, NYC, November 4, 2013.
Donna continued performing in the Jim Petrie Band bringing her to her 1st studio credit on a
record by another artist.
Petrie and the Dirty Dishes
Currently Donna is recording her second album and exploring various
other creative endeavors ; collaborative and solo.