DONNA ANITA NIKOLAISEN…
An actor of Irish-Caribbean heritage, Donna was born in Dublin and brought up in Cork. She began her training at The Monforts and her stage debut was at the Cork Cat Club. After a move to Dublin she trained at The BelCanto School of Voice and played roles in Music Theatre. She continued her stage training at The Focus Theatre. Theatre highlights include ‘THE BACCHAE OF BAGHDAD’ at The Abbey, ‘TALKING TO TERRORISTS’ at The Samuel Beckett and ‘JANE EYRE’ at The Gate. She set up True Voice Theatre in 2010 producing 1 Act plays by playwrights such as Leonard Melfi and Anton Chekhov.
Donna played Zambian nurse, Ama Chisenga, on RTE’s ‘FAIR CITY’ for five years. Since leaving the show last year she has played a number of roles in Film & TV including The Countess in Hallmark Film ‘ROYALLY EVER AFTER’ and Christine Nandy in BBC TV Drama ‘THE DUBLIN MURDERS’. In 2018 Donna won a Best Supporting Actor award at the Dublin Underground Cinema Festival for her role as Ali in the award winning short film ‘QED’ (Dir. Amy-Joyce Hastings).
A keen singer-songwriter Donna’s debut EPs LORE Bealtaine and LORE Samhain will be released in Summer and Autumn of 2019.
Training & Representation
Donna trained in Speech & Drama at Cork’s Montfort College of Performing Arts and continued her theatre training at the Stanislavsky Studio at The Focus Theatre (Tim McDonnell and Joe Devlin). She also completed an Acting for Camera course at Film Venture (Graham Cantwell). She trained vocally at BelCanto School of Voice and Waltons School of Music. Donna holds a BSc. Business Information Systems (Hon) from UCC. She is represented in the UK by Byrons Management and in Ireland by Julian Benson Management. As a voice over artist she is represented by Voice Bank in Ireland and the UK and has voiced numerous commercial campaigns.
ON STAGE /
True Voice Theatre
In 2010 she founded True Voice Theatre with a view to producing and performing international and home grown plays. Often playing roles of diverse accents and ethnicity, her strengths are shown through her deep emotional reservoir, voice and ability to inhabit character. Donna to date has produced and performed in ‘BIRDBATH’ by Leonard Melfi and Chekhov’s ‘THE BEAR’ and ‘THE PROPOSAL’. Both were successfully received and she hopes to bring more plays to the stage soon.
ON STAGE /
Other theatre highlights include Dermot Bolger’s TEA CHESTS AND DREAMS(The Axis Theatre), NO IRISH NO BLACKS NO DOGS (The New Theatre), DOUBT (Theatre@36), JANE EYRE (The Gate), NEVER AFTER (Smock Alley), CHARACTER (Nuns Island Theatre), BED DEATH (Cobalt Café), TALKING TO TERRORISTS (The Samuel Beckett), THE BACCHAE OF BAGHDAD (The Abbey Theatre) and THE CRUCIBLE (The Kingston Hotel and St Patricks College)…read more