Donnabella Mortel

Donnabella M.

North Hollywood, CA
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Career guidance, acting technique, audition prep... After a decade in Hollywood, I know a thing or two about the CRAFT and BUSINESS of acting! I've booked over a DOZEN speaking roles on TV and Film (Comedy, Drama, and Improv,) I appear on national commercials yearly, and I've played voices in award-winning audiobooks. I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

A decade ago, I wish I had had someone to help me fill in the missing pieces.

What more can I do? What should I do differently?

I specialize in developing well-rounded, confident actors! I'd love to be that person for you! :)
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Donnabella teaches



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Donnabella delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 12+

Teaching since:

Need some acting help that is specific to you? Look no further!

I'm Donnabella, and I can't wait to help you take your acting BUSINESS & CRAFT to the next level! I have worked with dozens of actors from age 7 to 87. I am patient, motivational, and efficient - we will tackle your goals and have fun every step of the way!

Need help with homework? I started peer tutoring in middle school and have continued to teach ever since! I can help you excel in your academic endeavors. I have worked with dozens of students one on one, as well as group settings!

***Formal Education***
Summa Cum Laude 3.90 GPA
B.S. Criminal Justice -Forensic Psychology
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, & History

***Acting Background***
I'm a working actor. In 2015, I booked 5 commercials (2 nationals), 2 films, 7 TV shows, and 2 audiobooks. I've continued to book ever since! I am also a former NBA dancer & collegiate cheerleader!

***The Lesson***
Comedy - Sitcom and Single-Cam, Drama, Scene Study, Character Development, Improv, Commercials, Emotional Accessibility, Cold Reading Skills, Audition Technique, On-Camera Work, Physicality

Developing well-rounded confident actors! :)

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Film Actor
Oct 2008 - Present

Savages, Born Bad, Ulterior Motives, and more

TV Actor
Oct 2008 - Present

Jane the Virgin, How to Get Away with Murder, NCIS, Ray Donovan, and more

Commercial Actor
Oct 2008 - Present

T-Mobile, Coke Zero, AT&T, and more


B.S. Criminal Justice - Forensic Psychology
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
Seattle Universtiy
B.A. Humanities- English, Philosophy, and History
Sep 2002 - Jun 2006
Seattle University


Limited Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Kelliher Award
Jun 2006
Seattle University


Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Nov 2011

An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.

Photos & Videos

Hi!  Here's a quick video of how I treat life!

xx Donnabella
Donnabella on "How to Get Away with Murder."

Donnabella in a McDonald's commercial.

Donnabella on "How to Get Away with Murder."

Donnabella in a Verizon commercial.

Never too old to play!

Donnabella on "NCIS."

Donnabella in an AT&T commercial.



9 Reviews

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Michael Apr 1, 2019
Acting · In studio

Donnabella is a fantastic teacher! I was really having trouble with being confident when acting as well as not sure where or how to start to learn. Donnabella made it super easy, teaching several approaches and techniques that now use when looking at a script. I also feel a lot more confident not just with acting but overall.

She's made it easy to be confident but still challenging myself with every lesson to put farther out of my comfort zone and grow!

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Linda Jan 28, 2016
Acting · Online

Donnabella helped me take my career to the next level. I was really afraid to truly commit and make acting my priority. I've finally stopped making excuses, and I've taken back control over my self-sabotaging habits!

Derrick Jan 28, 2016
Acting · Online

Donnabella helps me tremendously with stage fright and confidence. She's amaze-balls.

Amani Jan 28, 2016
Film Acting · In studio

DB helps me remember why I love acting so much. She's so helpful when I have questions that I have no one else to turn to for answers. She's great with coaching acting, and amazing at helping me boost my business.

Ivy Jan 28, 2016
Acting · In studio

Donnabella is my go-to audition prep gal. She's super flexible and great to work with!

Derrick Jan 28, 2016
Film Acting · In studio

I've worked with DB on numerous projects. She definitely knows her stuff, and I'd recommend her for audition prep, career guidance, and even some much needed inspiration!

Curtis Jan 28, 2016
Acting · In studio

I am so thankful I have someone to work with me on my marketing materials, and career guidance!! I get time focused on me that I wouldn't get in any group setting, couldn't ask for more.

Liza Jan 28, 2016
Film and TV Acting · In studio

Donnabella is so fun to work with. She has shaved off a lot of my acting bad habits, and I always leave feeling ready to conquer my auditions!

Brandi Jan 28, 2016
Acting · In studio

DB is the best!! I came to Donnabella at a slump in my career. I simply wasn't sure what to do next. She was so patient and positive, I couldn't be more grateful. We spent some time seriously considering my strengths and weaknesses. I learned to highlight my strengths, and developed my weaknesses! Most importantly, I had a sense of direction and fell back in love with the process of acting.

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