Born and raised in Hawai‘i, Donna Choo is a writer/director of Japanese, Korean, and Hawaiian heritage based in Los Angeles. She taught English in Japan, was on staff at the Honolulu Star Advertiser, and worked at the JACL (Japanese American Citizens League), the oldest Asian American civil rights organization, before starting her film career. In feature development, she has worked as Story Editor for TriStar and Columbia Pictures, then as Director of Creative Affairs at MGM.
She has created work with Mako, the first Asian American actor to be nominated for an Oscar, is a Fellow of Comcast NBC Universal’s InFusion, a Film Independent Writing Fellow, and wrote CARE which, following its festival run, will be featured on Outfest’s new year-round LGBTQIA+ streaming platform OUTFEST NOW. As a filmmaker, studio executive and lecturer, she has sat on panels for the Seattle International Film Festival, the Honolulu Rainbow Festival and ClexaCon, and taught writing at the University of Hawai‘i/Pacific New Media. Story consulting clients have included Sony, MGM, and Paramount Pictures in addition to writing assignments for UCLA and CreatorUp. Committed to telling stories about women, of all ages, particularly queer BIPOC women like herself, Donna holds a BA in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and a Masters in Writing from USC.