Getting his start as a stage actor in his teens, Donnie was the resident ‘angry young man’ at the Freight House Rep in Tacoma, Washington, step sister to the Seattle Rep at that time. From there he moved to Los Angeles to train at the American Academy for Dramatic Arts, soon discovering that he preferred telling stories and creating worlds over acting in those belonging to someone else. Since making the transition to writer/director with the stage play “Go Fish” (produced as a feature film and distributed through Porch Light entertainment) Donnie has written fifteen full length stage plays and three one acts, directing and producing several of them for Los Angeles theaters and adapting three of to the screen. “Nine Ball” , adapted by Donnie for the screen, produced by “What Exit? Films starring Kenneth Johnson (Pensacola, The Shield, Saving Grace, Bates’ Motel, Swat”) was recently completed and is streaming on Amazon Prime. Donnie has also directed two full-length features – one of them a horror film that he both wrote and directed while living in China – a handful of successful short films, and a web series pilot. His stage play, “Tiger Lilies”, which was also made into an indie film which he directed, was optioned by Al Pacino for his theatre and passed on by Madonna’s production company for being ‘too controversial’.