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Dawn A. Mora
Senior Lecturer

Dawn A. Mora

Dawn Mora has been a professional actress in television, film, and stage. She began her career at The Second City in New York and worked at San Diego’s Shakespeare Festival, where she starred in Play it Again Sam, and for Universal Pictures in Island of the Blue Dolphins. She was chosen as one of four actors to work on a Ford Foundation grant creating and acting in shows for public television. Mora has co-directed many Northwestern classical dramas and operas; most recently the world premiere musical The Boy Who Could Not Fly. As a movement specialist, Mora has researched, written, and produced a video for actor movement training, Movement for the Actor. She is nationally known for her movement work and has been a specialist for Chicago’s Lyric Opera, DuPage County Opera, and Northlight and Lookingglass Theatres among others. Currently, Mora serves as director of movement in the department.

Dawn Mora passed away in June 2021.


MATheatre, San Diego State University
BATheatre, San Diego State University

Recent Awards and Honors

1999 Charles Deering McCormick Lectureship

Recent Grants

CIRA grant to research and preserve the work of award-winning American choreographer Ernie Flatt


243-1,2,3Acting I: Principles of Characterization
341-1,2,3Acting II: Analysis and Performance
349-1,2,3Acting III: Problems in Style