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Here's a little bit about me...


I'm a Native New Yorker, raised on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in an area known as "the Two Bridges" (a neighborhood made famous in Scorsese's "Gangs of New York" it sits in between the Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge.) I am of Italian and Puerto Rican descent and a little known fact about me is that I am related to Rita Moreno.

I got my acting  foundation at an acting School in Los Angeles that was owned and run by Milton Katselas.  At the school I had the distinct honor of studying with Milton Katselas as well as Richard Lawson. When Richard started his own school I also studied at his studio (Richard Lawson Studios) as well as serving as his Executive Director for a number of years.

2020 was an insane year for all of us.


During the pandemic I remained sane and busy by creating content, writing screenplays, holding readings all thanks to Zoom. I also entered a fun Instagram Contest looking for "The Best New York Accent." When celebrities like Debi Mazar and Chazz Palminteri entered the contest it went viral. Though my entry didn't win (many think I was robbed) I did end up mentioned in The New York Times. Check out my entry on the right... 


I also completed my 500 hour Yoga Certification. You can take class with me for FREE on my YOUTUBE channel  Yoga With DawnMarie

Currently I am on Amazon Prime's show "Smothered" and I can be seen on Fox's hit show 911:Lone Star opposite Rob Lowe. 


I am in a powerful short film titled, "Breathe." Written and directed by Devon Stewart. I'm one of the leads and play opposite Tristin Mays. The films message continues the #MeToo dialogue as it focus' on how survivors navigate the healing process. The film is now available on Amazon Prime 

I'm in a feature film titled "Dead Women Walking", written/directed by Hagar Ben-Asher and produced by BlackPills. DWW premiered at the 2018 TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL. Its a Feature Narrative of Nine vignettes that depict the stages leading to execution for women on death row in an emotional account of the human toll of the death penalty—on both the inmates and those they encounter in their final hours.  I play Maria, a corrections officer who is assigned to Death Row inmates. 


AND I'm in a wonderful short film by Susie Singer Carter called "My Mom And The Girl." The film stars the late great Valerie Harper (in her final performance) and Liz Torres and handles the delicate subject of Alzheimer's with humor and heart. In the film I play, Officer Pecora, I encounter Norma (played by Valerie Harper) and Irlanda (played by Liz Torres) on the streets of Los Angeles. MMATG had an incredible festival circuit run all leading to becoming Oscar Qualified. My Mom and The Girl is now available on Amazon Prime. 

You can check out some of my work on my REELS PAGE

I started a production company with my husband, it's called Vero Films (pronounced Veh-row; Italian for Real, Truth). Our company's main focus is on producing films that inspire and educate. We produce stories based on real life events and we intend to produce documentaries as well. For more information on my production company visit the site at VERO FILMS


"A Life, Taken" (the film I wrote, produced and star in) was the first project for Vero Films. It premiered at the International Puerto Rican Heritage Film Festival and screened successfully at other festivals. I continue to work on developing it into a Feature Film. 




In my trailer. Shooting an episode of Castle 

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