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
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,.
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.