where it all began...Originally from Long Island, New York and Williamsburg, Virginia, Donnis comes from a family filled with talent. Her grandfather was a jazz musician and her father was a drummer for the hit R&B/Soul band called The Isley Brothers and is currently a teacher and entrepreneur. Donnis wants to carry this legacy through acting, modeling and potentially through music as well.
At 13, Donnis was accepted into the York County School of the Arts as an acting student. At 17, she was also accepted into the Dance program at the same school. Through this conservatory program, she performed in several musicals such as "You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown" and "Once On This Island". She was accepted at Shaw University in Raleigh, NC and continued to study Theater Performance. During her four years there, she studied in another theatrical conservatory atmosphere and perfomed in several plays including "An Actor's Nightmare", "Language of Angels", "A Mid-Summer Night's Dream" and more. She was also a member of the University Choir, Marching Band and was voted Outstanding Student in Theater for 2 years in a row. Before graduating, she was cast in her first professional show through the Raleigh Ensemble Players in the critacally acclaimed, "Venus". She graduated with a 3.8 GPA, a John Lennon Endowed Scholarship and a role in Chekov's infamous play,"The Cherry Orchard". Her role as "Anya" earned her a Best Supporting Actress award in the Independent Weekly.
Before moving to DC in October of 2008, she performed in over 5 shows and stage managed an additional 4 with various award winning theater companies in the Raleigh/Durham area including the Raleigh Ensemble Players, Manbites Dog Theater and more.
Since moving to DC, she has branched out into modeling and film as well. She has appeared in 5 films and made her stage debut with George Washington University's rendition of "The Vagina Monologues" and with the infamous Grand Guignol company, Molotov Theater, in "Blood, Sweat and Fears 3: The Red Velvet Curtain". She is well known for her role as "Libby" in the popular teen DC based web-series,"Orange Juice In Bishop's Garden". In this role, she was honored to receive her first award for her acting performance in film. She received the Best Supporting Actress award at the LA Webfest in 2012. She has also worked as a model with Richard Chu in his "True Beauty Campaign" which donated funds for breast cancer awareness, as well as many other photographers.
She currently resides in Williamsburg, Virginia and is planning to move to New York in the near future.
1/21/2013 - Voting has opened for the 5th Annual Shorty Awards! Make sure to vote for Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden here!: Vote OJBG for Best #Webshow!
1/21/2013 - Voting has opened for the 5th Annual Shorty Awards! Make sure to vote for Donnis here!:
1/1/2013 - Happy New Year everyone! Lets make this one more prosperous than the last!
12/12/2012 - Donnis's IMDb page has been updated! Check it out here!: Donnis Collins on IMDb
11/17/2012 - Website updated! Take a look around!
11/16/2012 - "Croquanna", the feature film Donnis has been shooting this year, has now entered into post-production status! The film should be finished by Summer 2013! More updates soon!
10/18/2012 - "Sons of the City", a feature film formerly known as 'The Talented, had its first screening for the cast and crew at Howard University. It's still in post-production status but it is almost finished! Release date is in 2013! More updates soon!
10/16/2012 - Congrats to Otessa Ghadar and the cast and crew of Orange Juice in Bishops Garden!!!! Season 1 of the webseries has made a big move from the computer screen to the tv screen! If you are in the DC area you can start watching the show TONIGHT at 10:30pm on Comcast channel 95 or Fios/RCN channel 10. So proud and excited for us! ♥
10/10/2012 - This is not just election season... it's also Streamy season and we need your help! Show your OJBG love by nominating us for Best Ensemble Cast and Best Drama Series-- it only takes a minute! Just login to Twitter, post the tweets below and you're done:
Im nominating #OJBG @OJBishopsgarden for #BestEnsembleCast @streamys Best Ensemble Cast Nomination
Im nominating #OJBG @OJBishopsgarden for #BestDramaSeries @streamys Best Drama Series Nomination
10/3/2012 - Its here! Episode 1 of Season 6, the final season, of Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden has premiered! More info & episodes can be found at Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden: Official Website
9/11/2012 - The trailer for the final season of Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden is here! Watch here!: OJBG
9/9/2012 - Donnis spent another weekend in Virginia Beach shooting "Croquanna". We are almost finished! More updates coming soon!
8/18/2012 - Donnis can now add "cinematography" to her resume now! While shooting "Croquanna" she was in front AND behind the camera! More updates coming soon!
6/13/2012 - Congrats to OJBG, they are an official honoree at the 2012 Webby Awards! Congrats to us!
6/2/2012- Shooting "Croquanna" this weekend! More updates to come!
6/1/2012 - "Improviso", the short film that Donnis has been working on, is now ready to view! Check it out!: Improviso
5/28/2012 - "Improviso" had its screening today and Donnis is very pleased on how it turned out! It should be ready to view for everyone in a few days. Be on the lookout!
5/9/2012 - "Libby", the character Donnis portrays in OJBG, has her own short video called "One Minute in the Life of Libby". Check it out here!: OJBG: One Minute in the Life of Libby
4/28/2012 - Donnis finished filming her latest short film. Its called "Improviso", which is Latin for "unexpected". Expect the unexpected when you watch this one! More info coming soon!
4/11/2012 - What a week! Donnis has been cast as one of the lead roles in the feature indie film, "Croquanna"! Congrats to her! More info to come!
4/9/2012 - Congratulations! Donnis has been selected as one of the Best Supporting Actresses this year at the LAWeb Festival Awards this past weekend! She was selected for her portrayal of "Libby" in "Orange Juice In Bishop's Garden"! For the complete list of winners, click here: LAWEBFEST 2012 WINNERS
3/18/2012 - Season 5 Season Finale of Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden has arrived! Donnis had a great time shooting this season last summer in Washington, DC; more bonus episodes will premiere soon! More info & episodes can be found at Orange Juice in Bishop's Garden: Official Website
2/13/2012 - New Year. New Hair. New Layout! Out with the old and in with the new! Take a look around!