Photo by Suzanne Allison

DONNA RUSSO

 

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/

                       DONNA RUSSO                             

    

                                

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