Donn Swaby

Donn Swaby

Actor, Producer and Screenwriter

Los Angeles, California

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About Donn

I am an actor, writer, producer and musician, born and raised in New York City, currently living in Los Angeles.

Film credits include the Ridley Scott film G.I. Jane with Demi Moore, Raw Nerve with Mario Van Peebles, Nora's Hair Salon, Open Window with Robin Tunney, Bud's For Life ( for which he wrote the original screenplay), and Nora's Hair Salon II.

Television credits: The NBC soap opera, Passions, for which I was nominated for two Soap Opera Digest Awards (Outstanding Male Newcomer and Outstanding Younger Lead Actor) and one TV Soap Golden Boomerang Award (Most Popular Supporting Male Star.) The Sopranos, Judging Amy, Crossing Jordan, The Parkers, Half & Half, Surface, and Charmed, Gigantic, Monk, Happily Divorced and How to Get Away With Murder.

Theater credits: Seeking the Genesis at the Manhattan Theatre Club (Off-Broadway), A Raisin in the Sun (Williamstown Theatre Festival), A Preface to the Alien Garden (Trinity Rep), Fear Itself (Crossroads Theatre), two productions of Romeo and Juliet (Mermaid Theatre and the Colonial Theatre), A View From the Bridge (Source Theatre), My Children! My Africa! (New Rep Theatre), The Colored Museum (Strand Theatre), The Offering (Rip Rap Productions), Mother Courage (Boston Court Theater), Black Angeles Over Tuskegee (Black Gents of Hollywood), Willie Lynch (African-American Repertory Theater Company), WeBeIMe (Black Gents of Hollywood), Take Me Out (Celebration Theater) and Today Its Me (Donald Molosi Productions).

I made my Los Angeles directorial debut with Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, which I also produced.
I produced and starred in William Hanley’s Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, for which I and my cast received an N.A.A.C.P. Theatre Award nomination for Best Ensemble, and The Lost and Found, a collection of six short plays he wrote over the course of six years.

Feature Screenplay: Buds for Life released to DVD in 2008 (also starred in)

Short films (writer, producer, actor): Wedding (2011), Star Wars: The Mission (2017) and The Two Professors (2017), The Date (2018), The Forum (2018), Orpheus Star (2019)

Additional Writing Credits: Staff Writer for Melt Magazine for Women (feature interviews, restaurant and music reviews and the What's Cool L.A. page)
Huffington Post as an Off-the-Bus blogger for the 2006 Primary Campaign.

Self-published rhyming picture book "You’re Everything Everywhere All the Time."


  • Orpheus Star

    Orpheus Star Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama Orpheus Star is a PG-13 suspense drama feature in which a young and gifted musician returning home to reconnect with a childhood crush ends up taking care of the estranged Baptist preacher grandmother who’d raised him, but upon learning of her troubled past, seeks to heal the rift between them before either falls victim to a family curse. 

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