Dawn has an extremely solid background in the performing arts. Not only has she been acting and singing since the age of five, but has also cultivated a diverse teaching resume.
Most of Dawn’s performing experience is that of a classical nature. Some of her favorite Shakespearean roles have been in RICHARD III (Lady Anne), AS YOU LIKE IT (Celia), and A MIDSUMMER’S NIGHT DREAM (Hermia). Contemporary roles include leads in BEDROOM FARCE, THE WALL OF WATER, and BLOOD WEDDING. She has complete a national Children’s Theatre tour and a national summer tour with the National Shakespeare Co. Dawn has worked regionally in Pennsylvania and Virginia.
While her theatre resume is varied, Dawn has started to work in TV and film. She completed the lead role in MOVING ON (NYFA short),a nd a supporting role in SEX & DYING IN NEW YORK (Indie). She has also worked for Comedy Central, Lifetime Television, and Maryland Public Television. You can hear Dawn on radio/TV commercials. Spots for Nike, Pampers, Verizon, and CBS Healthwatch represent some of her national and regional voiceover work.
In addition to working as an actress in New York, Dawn has come to love teaching. She believes that her teaching has enhanced her craft and truly enjoys sharing her love of the art of performance. She began to teach while living in London, England. Dawn was a guest artist at The American School where she taught acting and movement classes to the upper school students. Upon moving to NYC, she continued teaching, as well as performing, with the National Shakespeare Company. Dawn performed the lead female roles in ROMEO & JULIET and MACBETH. She then conducted Shakespearean workshops in relation to text and English literature. These classes were taught in both public and private schools in NYC, as well as during residencies in upstate NY and the Bronx. Currently, she is a guest director at the Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. Dawn has written, produced, and continues to direct the 8th Grade musical each winter. She also teaches an audition and sensory class to students and professional actors at the Black Nexxus Studio in NYC. Her teaching also includes working with preschool children. Dawn is a licensed Kindermusik teacher and an instructor for early childhood development classes that include the visual arts and drama.
In fall of 2003, Dawn began producing and singing a cabaret that she wrote, entitled PASSION. This work is the first in a series of project which will benefit P.S. 128, a school in the Bronx that is hoping to create a drama/music program for its students. A portion of the proceeds from each show will aid the school in refurbishing its auditorium, as well as financing this program.
Dawn received a B.A. In Theatre Arts from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to acting, she enjoys dancing, training for marathons, reading and yoga.
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Carolina Naess hails from Sweden and has an international background in dance. She recently completed the national tour of the Broadway musical FOSSE. In addition, she has workshopped THE LOOK OF LOVE for choreographer Ann Reinking. Other performances include: BALLET HISPANICO, ON BROADWAY and BROADWAY 2002. She has performed with JOE CAVISE COMPANY, THE JOFFREY BALLET and ABT. She has been featured in NYC at the Elan Awards and Talent in Motion’s annual award show. In Sweden, she performed for The Dalai Lama, and at the Globe Teatre, The Royal Opera House, and with the Royal Ballet Theatre all in her hometown of Stockholm.
Theatrically, she has appeared in Stockholm in ROMEO & JULIET, COPPELIA, WEST SIDE STORY and GREASE. Her dance teachers include Ann Reinking, Ben Vereen, and Pat Birch; her vocal/acting teachers include Jeff Calhoun, James Naughton, John Kander, Frank Wildhorn and Mary Setrakian. She has studied in Warsaw and New York City at the most prominent schools.
Carolina, who once taught kindergarden, would like most to work bringing the arts and healing to children.
Diane Ragsdale has been combining performing and business training since 1994. She found that when humor is brought into business trainings, participants have increased communication, cooperation, and creativity.
Diane uses a unique system that consists of observation, feedback, distinctions, acknowledgement and, most importantly, curiosity. Her company, PARADOX PRODUCTIONS, INC., is a successful international performance and business training company. Diane has coached hundreds of individuals in the United States and Europe and worked with companies as diverse as Continental Airlines, Intel, M.D. Anderson Hospital, and Exxon, and with numerous entrepreneurs in the areas of leadership, presentation skills, sales, communication and team dynamics.
Along with degrees in music education and high-performance learning systems, Diane is a licensed Power Connections corporate trainer. She discovered that by developing productive partnerships between businesswomen and men, her clients began producing significantly greater results. Additionally, in keeping with her mission to bring work into play and play into work, Diane has created an original musical comedy, based on Power connections data about communication between men and women.
Kathryn’s extensive performing credits span several continents and various disciplines but in 1997 she was invited to New York with her company to perform at the Legendary Grecian Cave and has remained within the New York Theatrical community ever since.
Extracting wisdom from her broad experience of production, fund raising, creative-direction, choreography and costume design, Kathryn has become a valuable company member and a uniquely grounded performer.
Kate (to her friends)--who hails from Liverpool England--started her career in the Performing Arts in numerous Theatrical productions throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. She founded the Performing Arts company INTERNATIONAL CONNEXION which achieved distinguished notoriety, especially in Greece where they regularly appeared on Television, in Music Videos, live-in-concert and accompanied the sensational Cypriot vocalist Evridiki in THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST.
At the height of her career as a sought after Choreographer/Singer/Dancer, Kate worked with Anna Vissi, Vasilli Karas, Sakis Rouvas, Mando, Despina Vandi, Natalie Cole, Gypsy Kings and Jose Carerras as well as collaborating with Commercial directors, staging Fashion Shows and coordinating Televised Award ceremonies.
While performing nightly for live audiences, Kathryn landed the role of the dance teacher on the Greek TV version of FAME. Recently Kathryn made her Off-Broadway debut with her portrayal of Lizzie in Theresa Rebeck’s LOOSE KNIT.
Other Theatre credits include: Joan in VINEGAR TOM, a company member of ICON at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Gillian in WALK ON, WALK ON, Joan in Caryl Churchill’s TOP GIRLS, Rita in EDUCATING RITA, Dove in THE INDEPENDENT SCI-FI VITALITY SYNDROME, and multiple TV appearances in UK and Europe including the recent Channel Four documentary NY-LON, CORONATION STREET, BROOKSIDE, EMMERDALE FARM and an interview for the London Guardian.