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Donna Caruso, the daughter of Mary and Dominick Caruso, Italian immigrants , was born on February 11, 1949 in Linden, New Jersey. She moved to Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan in the early 1970s. Around 1980, she began her professional career in the arts and has worked as a stand-up comedian; children’s performer; singer; writer and filmmaker. She has performed one-woman shows at fringe festivals and other venues and since 1985 has done readings, workshops and performances sponsored by the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild in schools and libraries across Saskatchewan for audiences of all ages.
Caruso's short stories have been read on CBC Radio and published in several literary anthologies. Her short fiction book, Under Her Skin, was published by Thistledown Press in 1999 and was shortlisted for a Saskatchewan Book Award. Her memoir, Journey Without A Map: Growing Up Italian, won the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction.
Caruso began working in the film and video industry in 1988 and established her production company, Incandescent Films Inc., incorporated in Saskatchewan on December 9, 1992. Her television documentaries and short dramas have been broadcast on various networks, including CBC, BBS, STV, WTN, the Discovery Channel and several educational channels across Canada. Many of her productions were produced with assistance from CBC Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Communications Network (SCN) and Sask Film. Her productions have won numerous awards, including Best Documentary awards at Can Pro.
Caruso currently (2018) continues to reside in Fort Qu’Appelle. She has two sons.
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