Dawnnie Mercado-Genochio

Dawnnie M.

Tehachapi, CA
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Dawnnie passed a background check that includes a SSN verification, national criminal record check, and sex offender registry search. Learn More
Dawnnie delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1991

Hi Everyone!

I'm an IMTA Director. What does that mean? If you study with me and have a desire to compete in one of the upcoming IMTA (International Models and Talent Competitions) let's discuss how to get you there! IMTA promotional Video attached to my videos for your review.

I have a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from New York University Tisch School of the Arts, a BA in Drama from UC Santa Barbara. I've also attended Cal Poly Pomona, UCLA and New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts back when it was called the New York School for Film and Television.

I also create original theatre from improvisation with kids and teens. Everything I do I approach with that same fun spirit in mind.

Follow your passion and the rest will come. 🎭 As an actor over the last 25 years I have come to realize that none of us is ever actually in competition with one another. We are only in competition with our own best selves. We are each unique and have unique talents to offer the world that begin with your own unique core. No one else is “you.” So dare to follow your creative dreams. Let us continue to build one another up.

A little shout out to creative parents! I have a toddler and with her in mind I have opened my own acting studio, Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts. It's my way of sharing my many years of experience with other artists and students while staying close to home with my little one.

Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts (TADA Acting Studio) MISSION:
We’ve seen firsthand how dramatic and creative play can increase confidence, team building skills, vocabulary, and much more at every age from kids to adults. Even those not seeking a professional acting career flourish in whichever path they choose partially due to their creative beginnings.
Our mission is to be part of that creative growth in any way we can.

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Experience

Owner/ Acting Coach
Jul 2018 - Present
Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts

2018 TADA ACTING STUDIO - Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts
Private Coaching
Audition Coaching
IMTA Competition Prep
Adults, Acting On Camera & Advanced Acting
Adults over 50, Acting On Camera & Advanced Acting
Youth/Teens Mixed Acting On Camera & Advanced Acting
Youth Acting Bootcamp (Acting Techniques to On Camera)
Teens Acting Bootcamp (Acting Techniques to On Camera)
Theatre Creators Kids (Improv to performance in 13 weeks)
Theatre Creators Teens (Improv to performance in 13 weeks)

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IMTA Director
Jun 2018 - Present
IMTA

I'm an IMTA Director. What does that mean? If you study with me and have a desire to compete in one of the upcoming IMTA (International Models and Talent Competitions) let's discuss how to get you there! IMTA promotional video attached to my videos for your review.

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Owner/Acting Instructor
Jan 2013 - Jun 2015
DMG Talent KCMO

2013-2015 DMG Talent KCMO Kansas City MO.
DBA Owner, Director, Producer, Acting Instructor, Audition Acting Coach
• Founder and Owner.
• Private Acting Coach.
• Instructor of students ranging in ages 4 to 40: Theatre, Acting, and Audition Technique.
• Instructor: Acting On-Camera for commercials, scene study, and monologue study.
• Director.
• Office Management.
• Billing.
• CEO duties.
• 10/20/2013 Producer and Director of DMG Talent KCMO Red Carpet Showcase
o Attended by the following. Thanks Industry!
 Caleb Brattrud, Director/Writer: PlattForm
 Darren "Doc" Roubinek CreativeDirector/Ad Guy Fasone & Partners
 Gary Granger VML | Producer
 Manon Lee of Halliburton Natural Light Photography
 Shawn Mullane VP/Director of Broadcast: Exposure Model & Talent Inc
 Terre’Capers, Booking Agent: Exposure Model & Talent Inc
 Stacey Siegert, Owner and Agent: Moxie Talent Kansas City

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Director
Jan 2015 - Mar 2015
Southern California Youth Theater

January – March 2005 Southern California Youth Theater Whittier, CA Director
Director of “The Sound of Music”

Guest On Camera Acting Coach
Jan 2014 - Dec 2014
Exposure Inc

2014 Guest On Camera Acting Coach for Exposure Inc.
Kansas City MO.

Guest On Camera Acting Coach
Jan 2013 - Jun 2014
Moxie Talent

2014 Guest On Camera Acting Coach for Moxie Talent
Kansas City MO.

Owner/Acting Instructor
Jan 2003 - Jun 2008
Theatre Creators Inc, & The Academy Training Center

2003- 2008
Theatre Creators Inc, & The Academy Training Center
Theatre Creators Kids
Dawnnie Mercado Inc
North Hollywood CA.
Founder and Executive Director of Theatre Creators Collective, Theatre Creators Kids, and Theatre Creators Academy Training Center.
Private Acting Coaching.
Attended IMTA Competitions as a judge for talent.

Instructor of students ranging in ages 4 to 40: Theatre, Acting, and Audition Technique.
Instructor: Acting On-Camera for commercials, scene study, and monologue study.
Director.
Executive Director of both the Theatre Creators Collective (Adult acting company) and Theatre Creators Kids (Kids acting company).
Office Management.
Hiring and Staff Supervision.
Billing.
CEO duties.
Producer and Actor in all of the following: “Midsummer Night’s Dream”; “A Little New York in NOHO”; “The Ladies of Shakespeare and their Men”; “Hay Fever”; “Mother Hubbard’s Winter Wish.”
Producer, Writer and Director of all of the following: “Draculina’s Haunted Birthday Bash”: “Prince Thomas and His Road to Fame”; “Broadway Bound Kids”; “Mother Hubbard’s Winter Wish”.

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Owner/Acting Instructor
Jun 2003 - Aug 2003
Theatre Creators, Inc Summer Camp Ojai

June 2003 Theatre Creators, Inc Summer Camp Ojai, CA
Executive Director and CEO, Director, Producer, Acting Instructor.
Created, Organized and facilitated a complete summer camp with a staff of four, and fifteen enrolled students. We rented Chaparral Auditorium in Ojai California. The ending result was our own play.
Producer, Writer, Director of “I Love New York.”
Director, Instructor: for students ages 6-16.

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Guest Teaching Artist- Acting
Jan 1995 - Jun 2003
Lincoln Center Institute

1995, 1999, 2002, 2003 Lincoln Center Institute New York, NY
Teaching Artist of Theatre
Theatre Teaching Artist (K-12th grade).
Create and carry out age appropriate theatre lessons for K through 12th Grade.
Curriculum planning with New York City school staff.

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Camp Creator, Director, Acting Instructor
Jun 1991 - Aug 1998
Rustic Canyon Performing Arts Camp

1991-1992, 1994 – 1998 Rustic Canyon Performing Arts Camp
Rustic Canyon Recreations Center, Parks and Recreation
Santa Monica, CA
Camp Director, Supervisor, Director, Acting Instructor.
Co-Creator, and Performing Arts Camp Director (For ages 8-12)
Construct and carry out performing arts curriculum for campers ages 8 to 12. Original Creator and Director of over fifteen productions during this time period.

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Stage Manager
Mar 1998 - Jun 1998
NYU Graduate Acting Program

1998 NYU Graduate Acting Program New York, NY
Stage Manager
All duties of stage manager, for “Yerma” a 2nd year grad student production

Shakespeare Scansion Teacher
Jun 1996 - Oct 1996
Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Topanga, CA

1996 Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Topanga, CA
Shakespeare Scansion Teacher
Curriculum Building.
Facilitate scansion workshop with visiting teen and adult audience members.

Teacher’s Assistant, Master Acting Class
Jan 1996 - Jun 1996
LA Valley College Van Nuys

1996 LA Valley College Van Nuys, CA
Assistant Acting Instructor
Teacher’s Assistant, Master Acting Class
Assistant to Ellen Geer, Master Teacher and Artistic Director of The Theatricum Botanicum.

Education

Master of Fine Arts in Acting
Sep 1990 - Jul 1993
NYU, Tisch School of the Arts
BA in Dramatic Arts
Sep 1987 - Jun 1990
UC Santa Barbara

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Jun 1997

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Actors' Equity Association
Sep 1994

Actors' Equity Association, founded in 1913, is the labor union that represents more than 49,000 Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.

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Photos & Videos

Just a little video that was over 25 years in the making.  Dawnnie Mercado's Acting Reel.
Theatre Creators Teens has now begun rehearsals in our newly renovated studio.  Tehachapi California January 2019
#TADAactingstudio

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How to prepare for your audition.
A little coaching snipet
Study with Dawnnie for the next IMTA
Dawnnie is now accepting applicants who are interested in training for the next IMTA.  Please contact for audition information.
Former Acting Company photo for Theatre Creators Collective, during our North Hollywood Days.

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Former Kansas City MO on camera students.

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Cast of our Theatre Creators Kids production from our North Hollywood days, "Mother Hubbard's Winter Wish."
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3 Reviews

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Donovan Jan 21, 2019
Acting · In studio

Dawnie is an extraordinary teacher. I recommend her to anyone looking for an acting coach.

Jenna Dec 14, 2018
Acting · Online

Dawnnie is an INCREDIBLE instructor, coach, and most importantly, a great person! She has helped me improve immensely, not only in acting and monologue work, but in the audition process in film and in theater. Her wide range of talents and knowledge is a huge benefit to helping me through my auditon pieces, etc.

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Christine Oct 31, 2018
Child Acting · In studio

Dawnnie is a wonderful coach and teacher who is highly skilled and passionate in her craft. Her extensive knowledge of acting, both in TV as well as theatre, shines through in her work with others. A wonderful mentor, and encouraging teacher, I highly recommend her services to anyone who is interested in furthering their acting repertoire.

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