Donna Anita Nikolaisen…
…is best known for her role as Zambian nurse Ama Chisenga
on the Irish TV Soap FAIR CITY. She was nominated Best Supporting Actress by the 2018 Dublin Underground Film Festival, for her role as Ali in the short film QED (Best Short Santa Fe Film Festival, New Mexico Film Festival). A keen theatre actor she is also the founder of TRUE VOICE THEATRE .
QED won Best Overall Short Film at the 2018 Santa Fe Film Festival and New Mexico Film Festival. It was also selected for the 2018 Cannes Short Film Corner. Donna plays the role of Ali.
Watch QED Trailer
RTE RADIO: THE ART OF FOOT BINDING
A radio play adapted from a book of short stories by Danielle McLaughlin. Donna reads the role of Narrator.
Listen to THE ART OF FOOTBINDING
RADIO: DIVERSITY IN CASTING FOR STAGE AND SCREEN
Casting agent Maureen Hughes, actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen and director of Abbey Theatre Graham McLaren discuss the issue of diversity in casting for stage and screen.
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FILM: ROYALLY EVER AFTER
Donna plays the role of the Countess in this romantic comedy.
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BBC/TV3: IRELAND’S REFUGEE HOTEL – TRUE LIVES Watch on TV3 player | Watch on BBC player | Irish Times Review
Narrated by Donna, this documentary is based on the experience of 240 Syrian refugees since their arrival in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon last March.
“a powerful and highly emotive documentary”.
THEATRE: THE OTHER WAR
Festabit |The Cube Space, Project Arts Centre, Nov 19th 2017
A rehearsed reading of The Other War by a multicultural cast. Followed by a discussion with Cathy Leeney and Eritrean author, Alemseged Tesfai. Donna reads the part of Astier.
TV: FAIR CITY | Watch on RTE iPlayer
After fleeing an arranged marriage in Zambia and finding herself homeless on the streets of Dublin, Ama Chisenga knows only too well how tough life can be for an immigrant in Ireland. Feisty and determined, she has carved out a new life for herself in Carrigstown where she now runs the local medical practice.
THEATRE: PLAY READINGS
Ranelagh Arts Centre, Dublin
Rehearsed readings of new plays ‘Canaletto’ and ‘A Bridge To…?’ by Brian McAvera (Picasso’s Women).
FILM: LONG TERM AFFECTS
Director: Barry Woods | Writers: Barry Woods and John O’Rourke
Donna plays the role of tough talking boss Donna Anderson in the feature film ‘Long Term Affects’. Currently in post production.
RADIO: JEAN RHYS COLLECTED SHORT STORIES
THE BOOK SHOW
Listen to ‘The Book Show’ on RTE Radio One
In this special hour long episode Sinéad Gleeson speaks to British writer Linda Grant about the life and work of Jean Rhys (1890 – 1979). She is the Dominican born author of many stories and novels set in England, Paris and the Caribbean. They are stories of women who struggle with poverty, alienation, alcoholism and their reliance on (often uncaring) men. Writer Colm O’Shea looks at Rhys’ most famous novel Wide Sargasso Sea – a ‘prequel’ to Jane Eyre – and discusses the world of bedsits and hotels her characters inhabit. We also hear readings of Rhys’ work by the actress Donna Anita Nikolaisen.
RADIO: VEILED | DRAMA ON ONE
Listen to ‘Veiled’ on RTE Radio One
Veiled written and devised by Louise Lewis and Gorretti Slavin. Veiled is inspired by real events in the lives of women in the Irish Muslim community. This audio presentation immerses the listener into a kaleidoscopic view of vignettes from the women’s lives in an ever-changing Irish and world social landscape. Donna Anita Nikolaisen plays Ghada.
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Directed by Kieron J Whelan with the involvement of Oscar winning director Lenny Abrahamson. This piece, written and conceived by Laura Halpin and Ronán Jennings (Havas Dublin), perfectly captures the reality of homelessness in Ireland today whilst treating the subject with the dignity and respect it deserves. The cinema ad is being aired in 72 cinemas nationwide. Donate €4 to Peter McVerry Trust by sending KEYS4HOMES to 50300.
THEATRE: ‘THE BEAR’ & ‘THE PROPOSAL’
True Voice Theatre presents… A double bill of Anton Chekhov’s hilarious comedies on marriage…
Cast: John O’Donoghue, Shane G Casey, Donna Anita Nikolaisen
Director: Joe Devlin | Producer: Mark Quinn
Rathfarnham Castle, October 2016
WEB SERIES: HALO NIGHTFALL
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Watch Donna’s Sci-Fi debut as Dr Madeline Tress, Operational Attaché for Astrophysical Phenomenon, in Scott Free Productions web series HALO Nightfall – Reckon 14
THEATRE: UNDER WHICH FLAG?
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Under Which Flag? was first performed in Liberty Hall in March 1916, just a month before it’s writer and director, James Connolly, went out to lead the rebel forces in the Easter Rising. Sabina Coyne-Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, will take to the stage in a rehearsed reading performance of Under Which Flag? in the Liberty Hall Theatre, where it all began. Donna reads and sings in the role of Mary O’Neill.
#WTF International Women’s Day | 2 Apr, 2016
Let’s include everyone in the story
Speech read by Leah Minto at Liberty Hall, Dublin as part of International Women’s Day and the Waking the Feminists movement.
“When I first decided to become a professional actor my sister Jacqui warned me that it would be hard to find roles in Ireland owing to my ethnicity. “It’s a visual medium” she said, “You don’t look Irish Donna!” I didn’t believe her. After all, I was born in Holles St and brought up in Cork. Sure, how much more Irish does a girl need to be? However, in time, I grew to learn that she was, for the most part, right. Most of the roles in theatre that I have been lucky enough to play have been race related. And although it gave me great pride to play these characters, who both needed and deserved a voice, it also deeply frustrated me that I was somehow excluded from many roles in classic, period and contemporary plays. Actors need roles not just to make a living but more importantly to develop their craft. Read more…
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