Donna Bailey was a professional actor for 25 years, becoming a member of the acting unions Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild and American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA). Onstage, she has appeared in productions at the Negro Ensemble Company, the McCarter Theatre, Theatre Virginia, Amistad World Theatre and Ensemble Studio Theatre (EST), among others. She was Ruth in Spike Lee’s Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop, which was the first student film to be showcased in Lincoln Center’s New Directors New Films Festival and also won a Student Academy Award. She also played Yvonne, the reporter in Street Smart with Morgan Freeman and Christopher Reeve. This film garnered an Academy Award nomination for Morgan Freeman. Donna was also one of the infamous So Fine Girls in the film So Fine with Ryan O’Neal and Jack Warden.
As a voice actor Donna has been heard on over a hundred commercials for television and radio, advertising products both nationally and regionally. In addition, she has worked as an announcer on promotional spots for Lifetime Television, Bravo and Showtime.
She has also narrated industrial films for major corporations, as well as audio books for children and grownups. As an on camera actor, she has appeared in commercials for Duncan Hines, Pampers, Southwestern Bell, Tide and New Jersey Lottery, among others. She has also appeared on the television show, True Blue, which was broadcast on NBC-TV.
Donna Bailey became a solo performer in 1990, telling true stories exploring the human condition at RISK!, Harmon Leon’s TALE, You Got To Hear This, Dixon Place, Cornelia St. Café, P.S. 122, The Players Club, Hudson Valley Storytelling Festival, Bady House Concerts, the Bronx Museum, Bodega Monthly, Big Irving’s, Rimes of the Ancient Mariner, Parkside Lounge, We Three Productions, Womenkind Festival, Synchronicity Space, Nyurican Poets Café and Rockland Center for the Arts, among others.
Her monologue was featured in 50 in 50: Writing Women Into Existence, a theatrical event held at the Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, NY. Donna is currently writing her first screenplay, Mr. & Mrs. Henderson.