Photo by Suzanne Allison
Los Angeles Ambassador
for the Abilities Expo
Donna Russo is proud to be an Ambassador for the Abilities Expo for the last 4 years.
Donna was born with Turners Syndrome, a chromosomal disorder in which a female is born with only one X chromosome, and now has adult onset FSH Muscular Dystrophy, a condition that slowly robs the muscles of movement. The two conditions are unrelated. She is 4' 5"tall, many women with Turners Syndrome are of small stature. Donna started dancing at the age of 10 with ballet and tap and later adding jazz, modern and acting classes.
She graduated from Mercyhurst University with a BA in Dance. Donna had her heart set on joining a ballet company, but she found out that for many companies she was considered too short. She was still determined to dance, and found a place in the dance world performing as elves, aliens, dolls and monsters in Television, Film and Music Videos. She was on the National Tour of Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Magic Camera as Alvin, performed in Lord of the Rings, Passions, Power Rangers and in many other roles.
In addition to dance, Donna was in the hospitality industry for 30 years, working her way up to an Entertainment Sales Manager position where she assisted music industry/television production clientele with accommodations. Donna received awards for sales and was voted "Top Dog" award recipient two years in a row by music industry professionals.
Donna has often been asked to speak to various groups, which has led her to becoming a motivational speaker.
She can be seen on You Tube in the video "I Won't Give Up." The video went viral. "I Won't Give Up" was performed live at the Expo. Donna says, "It is very exciting to perform at the Expo with "I Won't Give Up" and "Fall For You" both choreographed by Tam Warner. I love the connection with the other dancers and the audience."
Currently Donna is the Star of the series Donna On The Go which features the dance "Fall For You", from its live performance at the Expo to its professionally filmed version.
The series was submitted for 8 Emmy awards this year. Donna herself was submitted as Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Series.
Donna On The Go can be viewed on the You Tube Channel : https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHpQYW0ndh-bkyWOOYhrIdw
and also on the Official Website : https://www.donna-on-the-go.com/
Hair: Brown Height: 4’ 5” SAG –AFTRA
Eyes: Green Weight: 90 lbs (818) 481-5711 - cell
Walker and Wheelchair
FILM: The Old Flame Director: Jim Peterson
Austin Powers in Gold Member Director: Jay Roach
Epic Movie Director: Jason Friedberg
TV: The Movie Director: Sam Maccarone
Inhabited Director: Kelly Sandefur
TELEVISION: Meet The Santas Director: Harvey Frost
MTV Music Video Awards Director: Blink 182
Passions Director: Phideaux Xavier
Fists of Cheese Director: Abraham Lim
Good News Director: Stan Daniels
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Director: Douglas Sloan
Tonight Show Director: Ellen Brown
Very Merry Christmas Director: Wayne Brady
THEATRE: Lord of the Rings Keswick Theatre
Alvin and the Chipmunks and the Magic…. Major City Tour
An American Tail Universal Studios
Open Doors Hollywood Playhouse
KROQ Christmas Rock Concert The Shrine
TRAINING: Peggy Lane Scene Study
Stanzi Stokes Improvisation, Cold Read
David Zimmerman Master Class, Intensive