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Whether it be acting, dancing, modeling or singing, Donnese Monique has a passion for performing. She began performing with a local D.C. theater group called the Children’s Urban-Arts Ensemble (CUE) at the age of 4 and she knew then that performing was what she wanted to do. Donnese made her television debut, at the age of 7 starring in a PBS miniseries called Footsteps and she also fell in love with the genre of dance at this age. Donnese excelled in dance throughout the years receiving several accolades and awards along the way. She received a dance scholarship to Towson State University (TSU) where she earned her BFA in Dance and graduated Magna Cum Laude. She was a member of the Dance Company at TSU and participated in the first International Dance Exchange between TSU and Russia. While at TSU she was asked to be the featured dancer and star in Towson’s first television commercial.
Donnese has appeared in several theatrical/musical productions; Purlie, Black Nativity, Junkanoo and Soul Possessed to name a few. She has worked with well known directors/choreographers such as George Faison, Ottis Sallid, the late Mike Malone, and Debbie Allen. She has appeared on television on Homicide – Life on the Streets, Unsolved Mysteries and The Wire. She was the host of the television program I Vote during the 2000 Presidential campaign and she has also appeared in various industrial films, commercials and feature films. She is in the feature film The Salon, starring Vivica A. Fox and Darrin Dewitt Henson, where she plays the role of Marketta, the gossip queen who works at the McDonald’s next door to The Salon.
Donnese has appeared in several modeling print ads and she was on Bobby Jones Gospel, singing with Darius Brooks and Kirk Franklin. Currently she sings both background and lead vocals with the agency band - N'Demand. Whether it’s acting, dancing, modeling or singing - Donnese is determined to be successful and she excels in whatever she puts her mind to.