Dawn Testa

Dawn Testa

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
First year at SCAD:

"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."


Working with Steven Spielberg on his film "Amistad" while acting as Rudolf Nureyev's dresser

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"

Courses Taught

  • PROD 230 Costume Design I
  • PROD 330 History of Costume in Film
  • PROD 380 Costume Rendering for Construction