Donna Oblongata is primarily a theatre artist and writer. In 2006, she co-founded the punk rock theatre company, The Missoula Oblongata, with whom she made and toured critically acclaimed plays around the country for seven years. She’s been a member of the Baltimore-based collective Wham City, directing a touring stage adaptation of the movie Jurassic Park that Rolling Stone cited as one of the reasons Baltimore had the “Best Scene in the Country.” Donna’s interactive-play-in-a-box-for-an-audience-of-no-one was included in Wham City’s Box Set #1, which was released at the Whitney Museum of American Art that same year.
She holds an MFA from Towson University, where, for her thesis project, she brought free puppetry workshops to Palestinian youth and refugees in Jordan and the West Bank. In 2014, she was commissioned to be an Artist in Residence for the People's Climate March in New York City- the largest march against climate change in history. Her projects have been finalists for the Creative Capital Grant and the MAP Fund Grant. In 2015, she performed in PearlDamour's site-specific production Lost in the Meadow at Longwood Gardens. More recently, she taught the Kinetic Sculpture Class for Neighborhood Bike Works and co-designed and built 150 cardboard sunflowers for a protest of the PES oil refinery expansion in Southwest Philadelphia.
She's currently developing a new musical about the Earth First! movement.