About Dawn Arnold


Dawn Arnold, Artistic DirectorDawn Arnold, Artistic Director

Dawn Arnold, is an actress, director, and teaching artist. She is the founder and Artistic Director of The Moving Dock Theatre Company and Chekhov Studio Chicago. With The Moving Dock she has directed/created Unsung Stars, Celestial Mechanics- or the Questionable Attraction of Entities Savage/Love, and The Anton Chekhov Book Club, and co-directed/adapted Galway Bay, Einstein’s Dreams, Ocean Sea, The Quiltmaker’s Gift, and Shakespeare’s Notebook. As an actress she has performed with The Moving Dock in The Anton Chekhov Book ClubGalway Bay, Undercurrents, Ocean Sea, and Eleemosynary, with Alchymia Theatre in Flood, and numerous other roles including Ranyevskaya in Cherry Orchard, Hesione in Heartbreak House, Mae in Mud, and Margaret in Richard the Third. She created and performed the Spirit of the Dance for Chicago’s Boitsov Ballet and her solo show, The Lydia Etudes – About Loving Anton Chekhov. As a movement director and rehearsal coach, she has worked with Vitalist Theatre, Porchlight Music Theatre, House Theatre, and Janus Theatre. She coaches actors working for Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, Goodman Theatre, and Court Theatre among others, and opera singers at Lyric Opera Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center.

Dawn is a certified teacher of the Chekhov Technique, trained by the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA). She appears in the documentary, Master Classes in the Michael Chekhov Technique, produced by the Michael Chekhov Association. She has been on the faculty of Roosevelt University’s Theatre Conservatory, Music Institute of Chicago, Northern Illinois University, The Theatre School at DePaul University, Aurora University, and North Park College. She is currently on the Faculty of the Michael Chekhov Association, Michael Chekhov Europe, Michael Chekhov Acting Studio New York City, Chekhov Studio Chicago, and Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center. She is a guest artist around the country in workshops and residencies for colleges, high schools, and theatre companies.