Donna M Dinovelli

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Donna Di Novelli

Donna Di Novelli has a writing career that spans film, opera, music-theater and stage. Di Novelli recently attended the 2018 Sundance Film Festival as the co-writer of Madeline’s Madeline, directed by Josephine Decker and lauded as a ‘masterpiece’. It was screened at BAM’s CINEMAFEST and the Berlinale prior to its theatrical release this summer. She conceived and wrote The Good Swimmer, a Pop Requiem with music by Heidi Rodewald (Passing Strange, The Total Bent) which will have its world premiere in 2018 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, November 28-December 1st. In addition, she wrote the text for Paola Prestini’s Oceanic Verses 2012, Kennedy Center, Barbican Centre; and libretto for the San Francisco Opera commissioned, Heart of a Soldier (2011) music by Grammy-nominated Christopher Theofanidis. She has collaborated with Oscar winner, Rachel Portman and Tony-Award winner, Rachel Sheinkin. As a screenwriter, she penned the award-winning short film, Stag (2015) directed by Kevin Newbury available on iTunes. She and her long-time collaborator, Randall Eng are working on a new opera, Before the Night Sky, a contemporary adaptation of the Gemini twins, featured in excerpts at Opera America’s New Works Forum, January 2017. Their thesis project, Florida had its world premiere at Urban Arias in 2018. She has won fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, UCross, and The Rockefeller Foundation Center at Bellagio.