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Donna Ison

After working professionally as an actress, Donna Ison turned her talents toward writing. Currently, she serves as the resident playwright for the Kentucky Historical Society and develops shows for museums nationwide including: The Institute of Texan Cultures, The Hunt-Morgan House, and The Callahan Museum.

At present, she has four shows running at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as part of their new “Power of Children” exhibit. Several of her works have been produced in New York including: Eighteen Characters in Need of a Therapist, Unwilling Angel, The January House, and The Loathly Lady, which served as the main stage show at the New York Medieval Festival at the Cloisters.

In addition, two sketch comedies, Channel Surfers and Satellite Dish, enjoyed runs at The Duplex Cabaret, The Bar Complex, and Comedy Caravan. Her screenplay Passionfruits was optioned and filmed by Woo Woo Productions. Last summer she had the honor of serving as artistic director and a contributing writer to A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, a marquee show for the Until the Violence Stops: KY festival.

She recently was awarded an Art Meets Activism grant from The Kentucky Foundation for Women to write/produce a one-act play on body image. She serves as contributing writer to Keeneland Magazine and has an ongoing column in Bluegrass Dog Magazine.

Donna is thrilled to have completed her first novel entitled The Miracle of Myrtle, and can’t wait for all to read it. When not writing, she hosts all day champagne brunches, salsa dances with her hot Latin husband, amasses fabulous shoes, argues politics, hangs out with her dog Doc Grizzly, and makes sure the Bluegrass State keeps its bourbon up to par.

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