Dawn Testa

  • B.A., liberal arts, Simons Rock of Bard College, 1970
  • M.S., theater education, Emerson College, 1975
  • M.A., psychology and professional counseling, Georgia School of Psychology, 2005

"To have the opportunity to share with students the knowledge I have gained over the past 35 years in a very tough industry. To share the knowledge of my craft and to do my best to prepare students with a broad range of skills that will allow them to be viable members of the theatrical workforce. It is with great satisfaction and appreciation that I observe students as they begin to build their careers at SCAD, becoming talented individuals in the field of entertainment. I feel proud to have had a hand in this evolution."

Dawn Testa | Production design professor

Awards, recognition and honors

Recognition for costume design at the Prague Quadrennial


International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

Previous Positions

Head of production, Comstock; owner, dressmaking and design retail business and mail order company; 15 years as an independent photo and commercial stylist; film credits on "Amistad," "Good Will Hunting" and "The Proposition"; costume design on 85 productions; remount production for Paul Taylor Dance Company and Robert Battle; Off-Broadway production of "The Cherry Orchard" at the Terry Schreiber Studios and the New York Musical Theatre Festival production of "Virtuosa, the life of Clara Schumann"