- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I'm an acting coach. I have a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Over the last 25 years I've coached many students for major network auditions via manager of agent referrals. What makes my lessons unique is that I also created original theatre with kids through improvisation. That fun approach is the core of everything I do.
I believe that if you start with who "you" truly are, with what makes you unique, you'll always be able to find your truth in any character or role. That's what will make your audition stand out. That's what will make you grow as an actor.
For those just interested in learning because you've never done this before and always wanted to... my lessons would be perfect! My youngest LA clients were 5 years old. For online lessons students must be at least an early reading level.
Auditioning for your local theatre or school play and need to learn a monologue or scene? I'm happy to help find you one or use the material you provide.
Auditioning for a drama school? I would love to help you prepare! I began at UCLA where I had no idea how to act until I took my first acting class in 1984 and got an A! I thought, wow, this is for me! Then Cal Poly Pomona, Then USCB, Then NYU!
See you all online!
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
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.
2018 TADA ACTING STUDIO - Tehachapi Academy of Dramatic Arts
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)
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.+ Read More
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.
• Office Management.
• 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
January – March 2005 Southern California Youth Theater Whittier, CA Director
Director of “The Sound of Music”
2014 Guest On Camera Acting Coach for Exposure Inc.
Kansas City MO.
2014 Guest On Camera Acting Coach for Moxie Talent
Kansas City MO.
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.
Executive Director of both the Theatre Creators Collective (Adult acting company) and Theatre Creators Kids (Kids acting company).
Hiring and Staff Supervision.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
1998 NYU Graduate Acting Program New York, NY
All duties of stage manager, for “Yerma” a 2nd year grad student production
1996 Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum Topanga, CA
Shakespeare Scansion Teacher
Facilitate scansion workshop with visiting teen and adult audience members.
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.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More
Dawnie is an extraordinary teacher. I recommend her to anyone looking for an acting coach.
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.+ Read More
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.+ Read More