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Champlin, Donna Lynne

CHAMPLIN, Donna Lynne


Born in Rochester, NY; father, a scientist; mother, a technical writer. Education: Carnegie Mellon University, B.F.A. (high honors), musical theatre; studied Shakespeare and Chekhov at Oxford University.

Career: Actress. Worked as a vocal coach, including teaching master classes at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 2004; spent three summers with the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera; appeared in cabaret; previously worked as a janitor at a gym.

Member: Actors Equity.

Awards, Honors: Princess Grace Foundation grant.


Stage Appearances:

Betty Brown, No, No Nanette, Goodspeed Opera House, East Haddam, CT, 1999.

Understudy for the roles of Mary Jane Morkan and Miss Molly Ivors, then Mary Jane Morkan, James Joyce's The Dead, Belasco Theatre, New York City, 1999–2000, then Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 2000.

Honoria Glossop, By Jeeves, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 2001.

Daisy, Bloomer Girl, Encores!, City Center, New York City, 2001.

A townsperson, "The Mice," Louise, "Lavender Girl," and Gracie, "The Flight of the Lawnchair Man," 3hree, New York City and Los Angeles, 2001.

Older Helen, Hollywood Arms, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 2002, then Cort Theatre, New York City, 2002–2003.

Francois/grandmother, My Life with Albertine, Playwrights Horizons, New York City, 2003.

Madame Matroppo, Very Good Eddie, Goodspeed Opera House, 2003.

Janet Reno, Monica, the Musical! (staged reading), Manhattan Theatre Club, New York City, 2003.

Mary Gallagher, First Lady Suite, Connelly Theatre, New York City, 2004.

Harold & Maude, Paper Mill Playhouse, NJ, 2004.

Sophie, Master Class, Roda Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Berkeley, CA, 2004.

Also appeared as May, Very Warm for May, Carnegie Hall, New York City; Hetty, Dorian, Goodspeed Opera House; Cordelia, Battle Cry of Freedom, off–Broadway production; Viola, Twelfth Night; Johanna, Sweeney Todd; Leigh Hunt–Smith, Stars in Your Eyes, New York City; Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Pittsburgh, PA; Serena, Fame, TUTS; Lucy, The Threepenny Opera, MC Players Theatre; Mel, Dreams from a Summer House, Alliance/Indiana Rep; Cecile, The Game (staged reading), York Theatre; Siren, The Listening Post (staged reading), Primary Stages; in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; Reunion, New York City; The Goodman, Ahmanson Theatre.

Major Tours:

Toured U.S. cities as Ruby Keeler, Jolson; Honoria Glossop, By Jeeves.



(Original cast recording) Reunion a Musical Epic in Miniature, 2000.

(Cast recording) By Jeeves, Decca, 2001.

(Cast recording) 3hree, DRG, 2001.

(With others) Our Heart Sings, The Orchard, 2001.

Also recorded Carols for a Cure 2002; Our Heart Sings; The Lady and the Slipper; Have a Heart.



Donna Lynne Champlin Official Site,, July 13, 2004.

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