Donnetta Lavinia Grays

Biography

Donnetta Lavinia Grays is a Brooklyn-based actor and playwright. Her acting credits include; Broadway: Sarah Ruhl's "In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play" and Lisa Kron's "Well." NY Theatre: "O, Earth" (The Foundry Theatre) "Men on Boats" "16 Words or Less" (Clubbed Thumb) "The Wii Plays" (ArsNova) "Be the Death of Me", "In the Footprint" (The Civilians -Associate Artist), "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment" (Primary Stages) and "A Long and Happy Life" (New York Stage and Film). Regional Theatre: "Let There Be Love" (American Conservatory Theater.) "Veils" Barrington Stage, Portland Stage, "Twelfth Night" (Westport Country Playhouse - Broadway World Award Nom.), "Ruined" (Arena Stage - Helen Hayes Nom.), "No Child..." (Hartford Theaterworks- 2 Connecticut Critics Circle Awards) "Joe Tuner's Come and Gone" (Baltimore Centerstage), "Well" (Huntington Theatre, Arena Stage), "A Raisin in the Sun", "The Royal Family" (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), "Twelfth Night" (LA Women's Shakespeare Co.) Film: "The Book of Henry", "Wild Canaries", "The English Teacher", "The Wrestler", "Shook", "Where Do We Go From Here?" TV: Recurring roles on AMC's "Rubicon", NBC's "Merc"y and "L&O: SVU" (4 seasons). Guest starring roles on "Crime" "The Blacklist", "A Gifted Man", "Law and Order", "L&O:CI" and "The Sopranos." Her plays include "Last Night and the Night Before" (NNPN National New Play Showcase, Todd McNerney National New Play Award, 2014 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference SemiFinalist) "The Review or How to Eat Your Opposition" (2013 Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference Finalist) "The New Normal", "The Cowboy is Dying" (both produced by Coyote REP), "The B Factor" and "Absence of Faith." She is a terroNova Collective Groundbreakers Playwright Group alum, a Women's Project Playwrights Lab Semifinalist, a Lark Playwrights' Week Semifinalist and is the first ever recipient of the Doric Wilson Independent Playwright Award. Her work has been developed by New York Theatre Workshop, Portland Stage Company, The Claque, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, The Women of Color Arts and Film Festival, Coyote REP's Works-in-Development Series, Naked Angels' 1st Mondays, Slant Theater Project's On This Island, terraNova Collective's Groundworks Series, TOSOS Theater Company's Robert Chesley / Jane Chambers Playwrights Project, Classical Theater of Harlem's Playwrights Playground, Pride Goes East, Spirit of Pride at St. John the Divine and with Kathleen Warnock's Drunken! Careening! Writers! Series at KGB Bar. She is an Associate Artist of The Civilians, a member of The Actors Center Workshop Company, Coyote REP and TOSOS Theater Companies and is a proud member of AEA, SAG-AFTRA and The Dramatists Guild of America. BA: College of Charleston. MFA: University of California, Irvine.

Filmography

Movie Name Release Date
The Book of Henry June 23, 2017