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About Emma

Emma Berdie Donson grew up in Ossining, NY and graduated with a BFA in Acting (High Honors) from the University of Michigan. Favorite roles include 9-year-old Edward and his mother Betty in Cloud Nine, Anna/Cecil in And Baby Makes Seven and Amanda in For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, which she had the great pleasure to perform for Mr. Durang.


Her recent experiences in production have led her to pursue a career in that field. She is the Executive Producer for the indie horror feature, Shot in the Dark, featuring her casting choice Jacqueline Toboni (Trubel on Grimm - NBC). The Shot in the Dark will make its rounds on the festival circuit in 2021 and is currently seeking distribution.  She is also the Executive Producer for Dating & Auditioning: the Web Series, 2014-2015, which she also directed and cast, featuring actor Zach Booth (Damages - FX) and Ron Raines (2012 Tony nom Follies, 3x Emmy nom Guiding Light - CBS).


While living in NYC and LA, she hosted a bi-weekly play/screenplay reading that facilitated the creation of new projects and artistic relationships. These prestigious readings became a staple for many of NYC’s and LA's young creators, most of whom had been cast on Broadway, in National tours, film, TV, etc. 


She has had the good fortune to work with Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope, L&O SVU), Mark Cendrowski (Big Bang Theory, Rules of Engagement), Gregory Doran (RSC), Charles Haid (Hill Street Blues, Breaking Bad, ER), and Yuri Sardarov (Chicago Fire, Argo, Ides of March).

She recently spent 18 months helping to build the startup Next 10 Ventures.


She is:

an excellent multi-tasker.

a very fast reader and detail-oriented.

extremely organized and great with paperwork.

a driven, fast learner who will work painstakingly to advance her knowledge to become a valuable asset quickly.


She will anticipate your needs and maintain a healthy, enjoyable work environment.

She loves spending sunny days outside with her 8 year old Fox Terrier rescue, Winifred (Winnie).




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