Dawn has had a long career in the performing arts. In the early 80s, Dawn began training in theater at the Youth Theater Program of the Beck Center for the Arts, a program she would return to run many years later. She went on to earn a BA in Performing Arts from American University in Washington DC and after a few years of working in various capacities in theaters across the country, she went on to earn her MFA in Acting and Directing from the Professional Actor Training Program at the University of Missouri in Kansas City (UMKC).
Dawn spent a semester of her undergraduate career doing an intensive on theater criticism in London UK. She was awarded internships with the Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati (acting)and The Lookingglass Theater of Chicago (directing). She has also been awarded multiple grants for research to deepen her work, including a grant to travel to Europe for extended exploration of the physical history of the Holocaust for her role in Playing for Time at the Coterie Theater in Kansas City.
Dawn has worked at theaters and festivals across the country including Door Shakespeare Festival (WI), Creede Repertory Theater (CO) , The Utah Shakespeare Festival (UT), Independence Park Theater (LA), the Great Lakes Theater Festival (OH), The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (OH), the Cleveland Public Theater (OH) and Breaking String (TX).
She is also proud of her work to support and promote new play development including the commissioning of new work for children while Associate Director of Theater Education at the Beck Center for the Arts, work as both an actor and director for the WordBridge Playwright’s Laboratory, creating a retreat and workshop program called Nurturing New Ideas on her Texas Hill Country ranch, and working with new play festivals such as Loaded Gun Theory’s 24 Hour Playwrighting Festival and groundswell’s playwrights conference.