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Hey, I'm Donaldo!

New York, New York

Donaldo Prescod was born in Boston, Mass, then quickly moved to Germany for five years, then back to Boston, then over to California. He now resides in New York City. By default he is a proud nomad, a Panamanian American with European influences; European in the sense that the puritanical mindset that overwhelms America is not his way of thinking.

Before attending the film program at SFSU Donaldo rented out the Osio Cinema in Monterey, California to premiere his blaxsploitation film Black Thunder: America’s Most Hated Crime Fighter. With a lifelong dream of having his movie title appear on a marquee, on January 18, 2003 this dream was accomplished.

While living in California he has appeared in productions of Lend Me A Tenor, an original production of Travels with Charley, Angels in America, Museum, and Burn This.

And while working in various restaurants and catering jobs in California Donaldo has made a sandwich for Benjamin Bratt, a drink for Dana Carvey, and an insalata caprese for David Alan Grier.

Being accepted into the MFA program at The New School for Drama brought Donaldo to New York City. And spending 3 years immersed in a conservatory-based program studying under instructors such as Ron Leibman, Nova Thomas, Marcia Haufrecht, and Barbara Poiter, this expanded his craft and techniques of becoming a better actor. Other instructors include Jean Taylor (clowning), Ragnar Friedank (Michael Chekhov), and Tom Vasiliades (Alexander Technique).

Since living in New York City productions of Richard III, Orestes 2.0, Pinter’s Celebration, and Tony Kushner’s The Illusion can be added to his roster. Original productions include A New Shade of Red, which premiered at Playwrights Horizon, A Ninth Time at the Cherry Lane Theatre, The Wundelsteipen (and other difficult roles for young people) by Nick Jones, and Patrick’s Story, written by Golden Globe winner Patrick Bradstreet.

After grad school Donaldo joined The BATS, two-time OBIE award winning Flea Theater’s resident acting company. To start things off he acted and co-wrote The Connectors with Seth Moore for the late night episodic #Serials@theFLEA, Dumb Shows with Charlotte E. Simpson, and performed in an original production of Future Anxiety directed by Jim Simpson. Other performances include: The Recommendation (Craig Noel Award, Best New Play, 2014 Ovation Best Play) by Jon Caren, and The Feast by Cory Finley, directed by Courtney Ulrich.

As a playwright he received an award for his short play The Commoners from the Fringe Festival in Marin. Other original works include Patterns, which premiered at the SRO Theater in Monterey, and the collaboration piece God In The Machine. He has also written numerous plays for the late night episodic #serials@theflea including The 1’s and 2’s, now a full length which had its NY premiere at The Tank, and 2014 semifinalist for the Eugene O'Neill center's National Playwright Conference.

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Wise Gals

Boston • Crime, Drama

In an alternate 1980s underground, organized crime is ruled by women. Up-and-coming mobster Sophia is ready to take the throne.


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Jalisco

Los Angeles • Action, Adventure

Female heroes are seldom, but there is no one like Jalisco. A Latina heroine who is a deadly folklorico assassin with blades released fro


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Always A Thorn

Los Angeles • Drama, Crime

Two teenagers, Two police officers, stereotypes and tensions collide, who will survive?


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The Atavist

Pittsfield • Adventure, Sci-Fi

A young woman travels to the past, but when the things she leaves alter history, she must get them back to save the future.


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Girl Talk

New York • Drama, LGBTQ

Girl Talk follows Mia, as she explores the complications of intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing lesbian couple.


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Interference

New York • Drama, Thriller

A violent altercation between a police officer and a black man left one person dead. A couple passing by must decide what they believe.


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Self Portrait

New York • Drama, Experimental

A young woman reflects on the authenticity of her parents marriage in a staged dinner scene revealing three individual perspectives.


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An Act of Terror

Charlotte • Drama, History

The true story of Virginia Christian, a 16-year-old African American girl accused of murder in the Jim Crow South.


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Pay to Stay

New York • Horror, LGBTQ

A couple take a mini-vacation to repair their relationship, unaware the AirBNB they rented may lead to their untimely end.


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The Adventures of Penny Patterson

New York • Comedy, Teen

Penny faces growing obstacles to winning the science fair after her boyfriend becomes a superhero.


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Black People Are Dangerous

New York • Comedy, Thriller

A hitchhiker wonders if she’s being prejudice, or if the black guy at the wheel is the cannibal the police are looking for.


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Ordinary Women

San Francisco • Animation, History

Feminist Frequency's new video series about defying stereotypes, challenging the status quo, and being extraordinary.


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Kinesthesia

Los Angeles • Drama, Shorts Program

Frustrated at her inability to accurately remember a particular time of happiness in her life, Minny sets out to find it again.


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