About the Course
Navigating the audition to the booking, leaving it all in the room and understanding it's not just about that current audition but the network you are building, learning to be utilized & NOT used... hence, business before the show.
Donica Lynn is a multiple award winning artist, versed in numerous disciplines. From backstage to negotiating what she gets paid; an actor, vocalist, writer, stage manager, director, artistic educator and constant student. Named Chicago Tribune Person of the Year Theatre, five time Equity Jeff Award nominee & two time winner, Time Out Chicago Award winner, BroadwayWorld.Com nominee, Two Black Excellence Award Nominations, a BTA award Offstage credits: THE COLOR PURPLE (floor manger Drury Lane OakBrook) SOUTHERN GOTHIC (Asst. dir. Windy City Playhouse @Petterinos) FABULATION, OR THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE (Asst. dir co-casting assoc. Pulse Theatre Co.) SUMMER ON THE NILE PROGRAM & FINALE 2010-2013 (dir. ETA Creative Arts Foundation) VOCAL & SPEECH PROGRAM (creator, dir, & teacher. Chernin Center for the Arts), TODAY’S A GOOD DAY–A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR CANCER (co-prod, dir, performer. Mercury Theater Chicago). Onstage: CALL ME MADAM, CHICAGO SINGS: DISNEY, MOTOWN, DREAMGIRLS-*Jeff Award lead actor (Effie White) musical, HOST of NEW FACES SING BROADWAY 1975, SOPHISTICATED LADIES- *Jeff Nom best ft. actor Revue, BLUES IN THE NIGHT-*Jeff Nom performer Revue (Porchlight Music Theatre) A WONDER IN MY SOUL, CONFESSIONS OF P.I.M.P. w/Tony Awarding friend Andre de Shields (Victory Gardens) 42ND STREET, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, HAIRSPRAY, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, ROCK OF AGES, AIDA, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE -*Jeff Nom best ft. actor in Revue (Drury Lane Oakbrook) FOOTLOOSE, GHOST-*Jeff Award supporting actor Oda Mae) musical (TATC); BARNUM: THE CIRCUS MUSICAL,THE COLOR PURPLE (Mercury Theater Chicago), CAROLINE, OR CHANGE (Court Theater); LADY IN DENMARK (Goodman); BLACK NATIVITY (Congo Square Theatre Co/Goodman); ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL (Marriott Theater); HAIR, PARAMOUNT HOLIDAYS (Paramount Aurora) CHILDREN OF EDEN (Broadway in Chicago) TV.: Chicago Fire S.4 ep1 Voiceover work: Sears Craftsman, Colgate. Having lent live or studio vocals to artists ranging from Mariah Carey, to New Kids on the Block, Donica is always studying her craft. After two #1 house singles in the UK "SHOUT" & "KEEP ROCKIN" it was her honor to work with jazz great Ramsey Lewis to create a cover of "Portuguese Love" for his "DANCE OF THE SOUL" Lp Donica is a mother of three, a wife, 2x brain tumor survivor, LGBTQ advocate, HUGE advocate for inclusion, & seeing beyond the exterior of person. A Season of Concern board member, Chicago Actors Call to Action Ambassador, member of Actors Equity, Sag-Aftra, & AGMA, represented lovingly by Stewart Talent Agency.