DAWNN LEWIS ais a multitalented and multifaceted individual. Perhaps best known for her roles on the hit TV shows A DIFFERENT WORLD (composer of shows theme song) and HANGIN’ WITH MR. COOPER, she is also a Grammy Award-winning singer, a multiple ASCAP & BMI Award-winning songwriter, a film actor I’M GONNA GIT U SUCKA, DREAMGIRLS. A TV creator/producer (BLACK JAQ) for ABC. She gives voice to the title character in the animated feature film DINO MOM!
She just finished principal photography on the new film “LET IT SHINE”” co-starring with Courtney B Vance & Tyler Williams, while filming guest spots on CBS CSI: MIAMI, FOX BREAKING IN & BET REED BETWEEN THE LINES. She also continues her recurring role on the ABC Family’s The Secret Life of An American Teenager and until recently the CW Network series One Tree Hill. She was featured in the Warner Bros. feature film THE PREACHERS KID, & the Fox animated film FUTURAMA: INTO THE WILD GREEN YONDER. Dawnn also starred in the 2009 NYC City Center “Encore’s” presentation of THE WIZ as Addapearle.
She is on the National Advisory Board of the NATIONAL CENTER FOR CIVIL & HUMAN RIGHTS soon to be breaking ground in Atlanta, Ga, and in the midst of her third term on the SAG National Board of Directors, while continuing to serve as Chairman of the SAG Singers Committee. Dawnn was honored with the 2008 INTEGRITY AWARD from the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival. Dawnn is often called upon to create and establish characters in successful shows in a variety of genres. She starred as “The Voice Of God” in the World Premiere Musical NORMAN’S ARK at the Ford Theatre and also starred in the World Premiere of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David musical LOVE SWEET LOVE. Prior to that she received rave reviews and the BEST ACTRESS: FRED AWARD (Los Angeles) and nominated for the 2007 BEST ACTRESS: SUZI AWARD (Atlanta, ALLIANCE THEATRE), for her “knock your socks off!!!” performance in the World Premiere of the Broadway hit “SISTER ACT: THE MUSICAL” as the “outrageous, Nun-On-The-Run”, Deloris Van Cartier.
Last summer she re-created her spellbinding performance in Donald Welch’s star-studded cast of THE DIVORCE. Both THE DIVORCE & SISTER ACT were nominated for multiple NAACP Image Awards. In 2000 she won the Best Actress NAACP Image Award for her transforming performance in THE MARRIAGE. Dawnn’s record label, Morning Jewel Music, released her successful solo CD Worth Waiting For; the title song is featured in the Disney movie THE POOF POINT soundtrack, in which she starred. She gives voice to animated characters for various TV series including THE CLEVELAND SHOW, THE LIFE OF TIM, FUTURAMA, KING OF THE HILL,THE BOONDOCKS, The X-MEN & SPIDERMAN (to name a few). Musically, she’s recorded with or composed for Everett Harp, Patrice Rushen, Vanessa Williams, Nancy Wilson, Take 6, Weyman Tisdale, Grover Washington Jr,, Quincy Jones & Tom Scott to name a few. Dawnn also finds time to teach Master Classes, mentor youth across the country, give motivational lectures and lend her support to: The United Negro College Fund; American Cancer Society; The March of Dimes; Youth Entertainment Studios; the Inner City Games; Campfire Boys and Girls; The United States Conference on AIDS; The K.I.S. Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease; The NBA/WNBA and other important causes. Look for more detailed information about Dawnn on her Web site www.DAWNNLEWIS.com.
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