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Dawn Ursula

By Wes Calkin

Dawn Ursula (she/her/hers) was seen at Woolly in Zombie: The American, The Totalitarians, and as Black Woman/Actor 6 in We Are Proud to Present… by Jackie Sibblies Drury directed by Michael John Garcés who also directed her as Prudence in The Convert by Danai Gurira, for which she received a 2014 Helen Hayes Award. She just finished playing the title role in By the Way, Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage directed by Walter Dallas at Everyman Theatre where she is also a company member. This season she also appeared as Desiree in Love in Afghanistan by Charles Randolph Wright at Arena Stage, directed by Lucie Tiberghien. She earned a 2011 Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress and Ensemble in Bruce Norris’ Clybourne Park, directed by Howard Shalwitz, and the 2011 Baltimore City Paper Best Actress Award for Ruth in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun, directed by Jennifer Nelson. Dawn has performed locally and regionally with theatres such as Hangar, True Colors, the Kennedy Center, Rep Stage, Imagination Stage, Round House Theatre, and African Continuum Theater Company. Television credits include HBO’s The Wire and PBS’ Prince Among Slaves. She is a founding member of Galvanize. For more information please visit