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Donna Botha

Donna Botha

Location: Nelson, New Zealand   |  Height: 161 cm   |  Hair Colour: Brown   |  Eye Colour: Brown   |  Ethnicity: European
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Donna Botha's been quietly carving out her spot in the acting world of Nelson, with a knack for slipping into roles across film, TV, and theatre. From her early days on "Shortland Street" to her more recent turns in the short film scene and on stage, she's shown a range that spans from heartfelt leads to compelling supports. Notably, her roles in films like "James Blonde" and "Northspur" have not only showcased her talent but also earned her accolades, including a Best Actress win at the Top of the South Film Festival. Off-screen, Donna's dedication to her craft is evident in her continuous pursuit of training, from acting workshops to singing lessons, all while keeping it real with that laid-back Kiwi charm.  2023 saw her taking the lead on stage again in CHONA - The Complete History of Nelson Abridged, directed by Mark Hadlow.


Awards
2022  Amity Award: Best Supporting Actress Nominee Top of the South Film Festival
2022  James Blonde Award: Best Actress Top of the South Film Festival
2021  Blood Barn Award: Fan Favourite 48 Hour Film Festival
2020  Epoch Ellipse Award: Best Actress Nominee Top of the South Film Festival
2020  Gone Award: Best supporting Actress Top of the South Film Festival

Feature Film
2019  Northspur Role: Locton Gang Member North Park Productions -  Director: Aaron Falvey

Television
2016  All Bi Myself [web series] Role: Sonya Director: Aimee Bentall
2014 - 2015  Shortland Street Role: Featured Nurse South Pacific Pictures -  Director: Various

Short Film
2023  Shuffled Role: Grace [supporting] Director: Matt Stevens 
Writer: Chris Lippiatt 
2023  War of the Woods Role: Lara [co-lead] Director: Douglas Brooks 
Writer: Matt Stevens 
2022  One For All Role: Molly Director: Naomi Strain
2022  The Temple Role: Tessa [co-lead] Director: Joachim Lang 
2022  Uncle Bill Role: Neighbour Director: Vaughn Scott, Joachim Lang
2021  Amity Role: Adira Director: Naomi Strain
2021  Blood Barn Role: Wife 48 Hour Film Festival -  Director: Doug Brooks
2021  James Blonde Role: Imelda Director: Jonathan Lopardo
2021  The Cure Role: Isla Director: Naomi Strain
2021  Tinsel Over Twizel Role: Mona Director: Pamela Guha
2020  Epoch Ellipse Role: Zelda Director: Justin Eade, Jonathan Lopardo
2020  Gone Role: Sam Director: Naomi Strain, Cameron Ross
2020  Stason Jatham Role: Carrie Director: Justin Eade
2018  Ace of Spades Role: Sheila Director: Matt Johnstone
2017  After T&L Role: Bianca 48 Hour Film Festival -  Director: Amie Bentall

Theatre
2023  CHONA = Complete History if Nelson Abridged Role: Female Nelsonian [lead] Nelson Professional Theatre Company -  Director: Mark Hadlow
Writer: Gregory Cooper
2023  Love Me Tinder Role: Harriet [lead] Philomena Donlon -  Director: Gwen Daly Dover 

Training
2023  Acting Workshop Tutor: Alice O'Donoghue
2022 - 2024  Acting Coaching Tutor: Elena Stejko Actors Studio
2020  The Radical Actor Tutor: Jon Hunter
2019 - 2020  Actors Lab Tutor: Peter Feeney
2015 - 2020  One on One Singing Lessons Tutor: Sarah Radford
2015  Screen Acting Tutor: Paulo Rotondo
2014  Comprehensive Acting Tutor: Jennifer Ward-Lealand
2014  Stage Combat Tutor: Alexander Holloway
2010 - 2015  One on One Singing Lessons Tutor: Marvin Smith

Voice
2023  Law Zero Role: Central Computer Director: John Herd 

Skills
Accents American - Standard, English
Other Stage Fighting
Singing Alto, Bass
Sports Horse Riding

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