Heather Donahue biography
Date of Birth: December 22, 1974
Six days with a 60-pound backpack, two men, one tent, no change of clothes and no shower.
That was Heather Donahue's experience making The Blair Witch Project, the surprise thriller
hit of 1999. Playing a pushy documentary film director who leads her colleagues to their
demise, the film follows the three trekking in the woods in search of the Blair Witch of
Grossing $50 million in its first week, Donahue went from office temping to
two agents, a manager and a pick of TV and film scripts. Not bad for a film originally
viewed as "a cool project, not a get famous movie."
Donahue had been preparing for her big chance since childhood.
The oldest of three
children she discovered center stage at age three during a dance recital in her
hometown of Upper Darby, PA. She went on to study at the Walnut Street Theater School
and earned a B.F.A. and several awards from the University of the Arts, where she cut
her teeth on everything from Strindberg to Shakespeare, Genet to Mamet.
In the U-Arts
London apprenticeship program that she created, she appeared on stage at the Soho
Theatre Company and Battersea Arts Centre.
In New York, she has appeared in downtown
and regional productions and was a member of the Red Shag Improv Comedy group and the
experimental Collision Theory Theater Company.
Prior to Blair, her only other screen work was a low-budget coming-of-age film
that was never finished.
But it did serve to introduce her to her beau, writer-photographer
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