Dawn Jamieson is an actor, playwright, and acting coach/teacher. As an actor, she has appeared in theatre, film, voiceover, and commercial projects.
Acting: Broadway credits include: Inherit the Wind with George C. Scott and Charles Durning, The Price with Eli Wallach and Hector Elizondo. New York Theatre favorite credits include: Beyond the Horizon, Death of a Salesman, Jeffrey, For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls, Brutality of Fact, and The Locket. Film credits include The Reawakening and The Anniversary.
Training: Dawn earned a Masters Degree in Special Education from Columbia University’s Teacher’s College and a certificate in Teacher Development from the Actor’s Center in NYC. She also received a certificate in Arts Administration from LaGuardia Community College. As an actor, she has studied with many of the finest master teachers including Ron Van Lieu (NYU and Yale), Earle Gister (Carnegie Melon and Yale), Olympia Dukakis (NYU), Lloyd Richards (Yale) – all at the Actors Center in NYC – as well as William Esper (Rutgers), Gene Frankel (NYU), and Michael Howard (Julliard) at their respective studios in NYC.
Teaching and Coaching: She teaches scene study and monologue workshops for actors at the American Indian Community House. In addition, she privately coaches actors for auditions and performances.
Voiceovers: Her voiceover work using a “Native American accent” has been mainly for video games and museum tours. Other voiceover work was performed using standard American English.
Playwriting: The plays that she has written include Silent Quest – The Faith Keepers, The Escape of the Potted Plant, and On the Mangled Beam. Silent Quest – The Faith Keepers is a drama about a priest from a reservation and a Native American female attorney who bring a sexually abusive priest to justice while helping each other find their identities within their diverse cultures. The Escape of the Potted Plant is a comedy about an FBI agent and her mother (who has suffered a stroke and is aphasic) who solve various mysteries in a nursing home. On the Mangled Beam is a drama about two Native American men who are brought into NYC to walk the mangled beams after 9/11 and how their lives are changed. Dawn is one of the founding members of a weekly playwriting group called Times Square Playwrights www.timessquareplaywrights.org.
Ethnicity: Dawn’s father was Cayuga (part of the Iroquois Confederacy) from the Six Nations Reserve in Brantford, Canada. Her mother was a Canadian of Scottish/English heritage. Born in Canada, raised in Michigan, she has lived in Manhattan since graduating from college. She is proud of her family and her Board Membership in the American Indian Community House www.aich.org.