Well known throughout the Southland as an educator,
director, choreographer, and actress, Ms. Donchey is equally at home with classics,
modern work, or musicals.
With over 75 directorial credits to her resume, and another
60 as a performer, Ms. Donchey is a veteran of stage, screen, and
television. She has trained and
performed in the U.S. and abroad for most of her adult life, working with many
name artists. A former student of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art,
The Actor’s Studio [West], Uta Hagan, the American Conservatory Theatre, and an
M.A. [Acting] graduate of CSULB, she has been consumed with the world of
performance since her first dance lesson at age 3.
Ms. Donchey has directed, choreographed, and acted with many
California Civic Light Opera Associations, Shakespeare Festivals, Equity Waiver
theatres, and summer stock companies. In
addition, her work has taken her to New York, London, Paris, Berlin, and Osaka,
Japan. She counts productions of A CHORUS
LINE, CHICAGO, MARAT/SADE, AS YOU LIKE IT, A SHAYNA MAIDEL, COMPANY, and THE
BOYS NEXT DOOR, among her directorial favorites. Acting favorites include the roles of Martha in
[WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?], Carlotta
in [FOLLIES], Mrs. Lovett in [SWEENEY TODD],
Gertrude in [HAMLET], Roxie Hart in [CHICAGO], and Joanne in [Company].
A professor of Theatre Arts at Santa Ana College and
Santiago Canyon College for many years, Ms. Donchey is the recipient of
numerous awards for her work both in directing and acting.