San Francisco native, Dominique Dawson is a multidisciplinary creative. She began her journey in the theatre, where she honed her story telling abilities. For her undergraduate Dominique attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts Directing Program. Her bold creative voice and fearlessness have always attracted her to daring scripts which tackle more progressive themes. While at NYU Dominique Directed plays such as Madheart by Amiri Baraka, The Conduct of Life by Maria Irene Fornes, and J.E. Franklin’s Black Girl.
Upon graduation in 2006 she went on to Direct the play Blurring Shine by New Dramatist fellow Zakiyyah Alexander in the NYC Fringe Festival. As the Assistant Director/Costume Designer to Director Andre Royo on the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival’s production of In The Last Car Dominique embraced her range of creative abilities. Her affinity for avant-garde visual story telling landed her in the NYC fashion editorial world as a Wardrobe Stylist, where she expanded her understanding of design and elevated her creative aesthetic. After Costume Designing her first film Security written by Israel Horovitz starring Chris Messina, Dominique moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in Film & TV.
Now based in Los Angeles she is known for her work as a Costume Designer on ABC Digital’s American Koko produced by Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions. Dominique has designed over 164 episodes of television on shows such as Love That Girl, Family Time, In The Cut, Grown Folks, & My Crazy Roomate from Director Bentley Kyle Evans for TV ONE & BOUNCE TV. In 2016 she Costume Designed Director Rosie Haber’s short film Ink starring Isabelle Fuhrman and Forrest Goodluck, in part with the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women. She workded with Diarra Kilpatrick again on The Climb an Amazon pilot created by and starring actress Diarra Kilpatrick, Directed By Chris Robinson. Dominique is fresh off designing a short film entitled X Written and Directed by Yara Shahidi for TNT & Refinary29.
Dominique just wrapped a collaboration with BET HER and BEAUTYCON, where she Directed a slate of Black Beauty related video content. Having had the opportunity to Direct a number of stylized music videos super charged with vibes of female empowerment, now Dominique is eager to apply the knowledge she has gained from her work as a Costume Designer, to create dynamic narratives with evocative visuals as a Film & TV Director.