A Better Look

Welcome to the more personalized, more casual bio of Donald Sutton! This is the version that is less concerned with looking sleek, and more concerned with looking me. 


Stepping into the real world

In and out of the theatre, I've always been very blessed with the professional work I've received. Before my time in , I was a production assistant/editor/videographer/occasional host at a local government television studio. Onstage, I could be found during the summer of 2015 breaking the fourth wall as Luke, the narrator of American Patriots; in 2016 I got to really put myself to the test as an Actor/Technician and the Male Swing in The Lost Colony.

My time spent at TLC is probably the most influential to my growth as a performer thus far. I was a last minute replacement coming in a week before shows started, so my time in the rehearsal & work process was limited but jam-packed with experience and stories galore. I got the job on a Tuesday, made the drive and showed up to work on that Wednesday, and the rest is history. As the Male Swing (primarily for, but not limited to, the stage combat tracks), I was kept on my toes all summer. The tracks I took on would generally be learned and executed with 24 hours (I reiterate, kept on my toes). From May to August, I fought on stage with flaming torches, miscellaneous hoes, my bare hands, bow-and-arrow, and even a Pikachu tail-shaped club - through classes at Colony, I also added three new weapons to my SAFD certifications (sadly, not including the Pikachu tail).

Backstage at  The Lost Colony  (2016) with the people I love.

Backstage at The Lost Colony (2016) with the people I love.

Across the Univers...ity

My ECU Musical Theatre Class [of 2018] with our fearless leader, Michael Tahaney

My ECU Musical Theatre Class [of 2018] with our fearless leader, Michael Tahaney

Okay, let's take a step back now. We've hit on the work I've done recently, but what about the work put in behind the scenes? Jumping back in time, when I was a wee lad of only 4 years of age, I refused to be in my church choir due to crippling stage-fright (I would instead [try to] conduct the singers with the music leader). Slowly over the years, the fright fell and formed itself into a fire. By the end of high school, I knew what I wanted to do and it was a long ways away from my early choir days.

In 2014, I started my college career at East Carolina University as a pre-accepted Musical Theatre BFA. By the end of my freshman year, I had dropped the 'pre-' in that title and even got accepted into the Professional Acting BFA (Meisner technique). I knew I'd made the right choice for my training, undoubtedly. Even more important than that, I feel, I found uncomparable happiness in the fact that I'd found myself surrounded by so many amazing friends that shared my desires & drive and pushed me daily to strive for even more.

The Crash Course

So, now that we've touched on the professional and the educational sides of things, the question still remains: Who am I (note to self: refrain from any and all Les Mis jokes)? Ask any of my friends and the first response you'll likely get is a Whovian. But there's more to me than just Doctor Who, I promise - I also... 

...  collect mugs!    (I get a mug from every show I see and locale I fall in love with - pictured is my favorite, given by a dear friend)

... collect mugs! 

(I get a mug from every show I see and locale I fall in love with - pictured is my favorite, given by a dear friend)

... practice percussion (both  beatboxing  and  drumming )!   (This was my debut as a drummer in a cabaret performance, fall of 2016)

... practice percussion (both beatboxing and drumming)! 

(This was my debut as a drummer in a cabaret performance, fall of 2016)

...  cook !  (Even if I don't fit the bill for your show, ask me about this recipe - it was killer)

... cook!

(Even if I don't fit the bill for your show, ask me about this recipe - it was killer)