Theater

Dawn as Olga

Dawn Youngs as Olga in Breaking String’s production of Three, or the Sound of the Great Existential Nothingness by Timothy Braun.

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.

MacBeth's Witch

Pandora Robertson as one of the three witches in a production of MacBeth adapted and directed by Dawn Youngs and produced by the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival.

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.

 

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Why the Rude Mechs thrive in Austin’s risk-taking new work community

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Why the Rude Mechs thrive in Austin’s risk-taking new work community

Since 1995, the Rude Mechanicals have been a dynamic force in the Austin theater landscape, truly emphasizing an ensemble-based company committed to the collaborative creation of brave new works for the stage. Their work and their process run counter to the established structure of the American Theater, a structure that is not built for taking artistic risks.

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Breaking String Theater’s New Russian Drama Festival: Theater-makers leading cultural revolution in Russia, visiting Austin

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Breaking String Theater’s New Russian Drama Festival: Theater-makers leading cultural revolution in Russia, visiting Austin

New Russian drama is the name taken by a group of playwrights who rose to international prominence as the first generation of theater artists to come of age in post-Soviet Russia. Graham Schmidt, the artistic director of the Breaking String Theater, has been fascinated with Russia, and the story of its theater tradition, for over a decade.

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Nurturing New Ideas | A Conversation with the Playwright

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Nurturing New Ideas | A Conversation with the Playwright

In March, Spooky Action Ranch will host its very first artist in residence as part of the Nurturing New Ideas Series. The series has the goal of bringing artists and creators from all genres together to build support and provide a fertile haven for the development of new work in art, philosophy, and human experience.

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Nurturing New Ideas | A Conversation with the Artistic Director

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Nurturing New Ideas | A Conversation with the Artistic Director

What makes a community? How can we turn back the clock to unlock the future? What scares you? Dawn Youngs takes a moment away from casting; venue and travel arrangements; and publicity to answer a few questions about bringing Last Chance: tales from a broken heartland to Austin, Texas as part of Spooky Action Ranch’s Nurturing New Ideas Series.

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