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Dawn Smith is a writer and producer residing in Boston, Massachusetts, by way of Los Angeles and Chicago. She received her B.A. from University of California Irvine, was involved in a summer intensive at USC Film School and interned at Media Process Group. She was a winner of the USC Student Film Festival for her short film "Isolation." Her screenplay “The Weasel Men” landed her in the top 15% of the Nicholl Fellowship screenwriting competition in 2010. Her screenplay, "The Light Fantastic" was in the top 20% of the Nicholl and a second rounder finalist at the Austin Film Festival in 2016.
In Chicago, Dawn was an associate producer at AKPD Message and Media, previously known as Axelrod & Associates, and worked on political candidate and issue ads. Since relocating to Boston she has been working as a freelance producer and writer. In 2016 she worked as field producer for Bernie Sanders’ campaign commercials. In 2016 Dawn started experimenting with stand up comedy as a tool to explore writing, pacing, and performing jokes. Although she doesn’t work as a comic, the experience helped her transition into writing comedic television scripts. She’s won a bunch of Moth StorySLAMS and has competed in some GrandSLAMs also. None of these fun things paid the bills, so she continued to work on various Democratic campaigns throughout the 2018 midterms, from Congressional races to state rep races.
In 2018 her web series, PAID FOR BY, was the official selection of The Women in Comedy Festival in Boston, The Provincetown Film Festival, The SENE Film Festival, deadCenter Film Festival, NYC Independent Film Festival, Portland Comedy Film Festival, HollyWeb Festival, and won Best of New England Comedy Short Film at the SENE Film Festival.
In 2019 Dawn was one of twenty writers, out of 4,000 applicants, accepted into the Imagine Impact 2 development fellowship, through Imagine Entertainment. Dawn developed her single camera, thirty minute comedy, PAID FOR BY. Her manager is Alex Lin at Generate Entertainment.