Donna has been training actors in the UK for two decades and has served as the Head of Acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London; as founding Head of Acting & Dance at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, and as Director of Drama, Head of Musical Theatre, and Director of International Development for the Royal Scottish Conservatoire. Her specialist subjects include Naturalism, Shakespeare & heightened text, Naturalism, Voice and Singing. She works as a Senior Lecturer at Edinburgh Napier University.
Since 2007 she has worked extensively in television both as a casting director and performance coach, and her credits include: ITV’s “Superstar” (Casting Director and Performance coach, 2012) and “Popstar to Operastar” (Casting, Performance and Vocal Coach, 2011); BBC’s “I’d Do Anything” & “Over the Rainbow” (Casting Director and Performance Coach), “The Voice” (Casting Director, 2011, 2012 & 2013), “The Dare” (Casting, Performance and Vocal Coach, 2011), “Over the Rainbow” (Casting Director and Performance Coach, 2010), and “I’d Do Anything” (Casting Director and Performance Coach, 2008). In 2005 she wrote and presented a 4 part-series for BBC Radio Scotland, called “Singing School”.
This second edition of the highly successful Popular Singing serves as a practical guide to exploring the singing voice while helping to enhance vocal confidence in a range of popular styles. The book provides effective alternatives to traditional voice training methods, and demonstrates how these methods can be used to create a flexible and unique sound.