WRITING became a passion by age 8 when she received a diary as a gift. Turning 10 yrs old, a guitar from her parents was a birthday wish come true. Donna began learning piano & violin in 3rd grade, switching to viola at age 12. She enjoyed playing strings in the orchestra & singing in school concerts until the end of High School.
DONNA SUSAN HALPERIN studied performance techniques, scene study and improvisation at HB Studio in Manhattan. She performed at The KGB Bar | Red Room on East 4th Street in the improvisation group The Barefoot Gestalt.
SHE embraced the singer songwriter scene in NYC’s Lower East Side, performing in guest appearances & solo shows at local bars and cafés like The C-Note, Bar 82, Otto’s Shrunken Head, ZirZamin, and Desmond’s Tavern.
“Donna Susan raised the energy in the room with a knowing grin when she joined McCarty for one of her wry I-don’t-want-to-go-to-work numbers, with a typically droll lyric where she talks to her dreams, “And they talk back, they really don’t like when I act like that.” https://newyorkmusicdaily.wordpress.com/tag/donna-susan/
2013 Donna was invited to sing with The Jim Petrie Band in gigs throughout NYC, recording an album as well. Jim Petrie and the Dirty Dishes, PERFECT ON PAPER, was released in 2017. Currently Donna Susan is busy writing songs and planning her return to the stage
Donna Susan & Graphic Art
Donna Susan’s artistry from childhood started to reawaken in the late 1990’s upon discovering her love with MSPaint.