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Dawna Lee Heising has acted in over 80 feature films, alongside legendary actors such as Eddie Griffin, Tommy Wiseau, Aki Aleong, Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Nicholas Turturro, Lorenzo Lamas, Olivia Hussey, Christian Calloway, Mel Novak, Robert Amico, Justin Shenkarow, Manu Intiraymi and many others. She is also the Vice President of Aki Aleong's Mustard Seed Media Group.
Dawna won Best Actress for "Dark Classics" at the 2019 LANFA Film Festival; Best Actress for her role as Barbie in Dustin Ferguson's "Nemesis 5: The New Model" at the 2018 LANFA Film Festival; "Actress of the Year" at the 2018 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame Awards, and Best Supporting Actress for Gregory Blair's "Garden Party Massacre" at the 2018 Lucky Strike Film Festival. She won Best Actress for Dustin Ferguson’s “RoboWoman” at the 2020 Cropsy’s Cadaver Awards. She is also the executive producer and host of the award-winning television interview show "Eye on Entertainment".
Dawna is trained in Tang Soo Do martial arts, martial arts weaponry, kickboxing, ballet and pole dancing. She is a former Miss Los Angeles Chinatown, Ms. World, Ms. Universe, Miss San Francisco Universe, Miss Orange County Universe, Miss Orange County America, Miss California Hemisphere and Mrs. California United States, among many other titles. She was thrilled to be the Queen of the 2019 Hollywood Silver Screen Film Festival.
Dawna was honored to work with the great Eddie Griffin, alongside Robert Amico and Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Justin Shenkarow, in Param Gill's "Bad President", which premiered at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. She also was excited to work with Richard Rossi and Rebecca Holden in her first faith-based film “Canaan Land”, which is being considered for the 2020 Academy Awards. Dawna played Skye in John Reign's heartwarming action/comedy/drama "Finding Purpose: The Road to Redemption", which won Best Feature Film at the 2019 Hollywood Silver Screen Film Festival. Legendary actor Aki Aleong portrays her father.
She is proud of performing the challenging Lady Macbeth Scene 5, Act I monologue in B. Luciano Barsuglia’s documentary "A Bard for the Ages: Shakespeare's Timeless Effect" and in Craig Railsback’s award-winning short film “Dark Classics”. She also played Ashley Flowers in Barsuglia’s “Social Distance”, starring Vern Wells. She performed the Scene 5, Act 1 monologue from Hamlet for Tony Mardon’s “The Witches of the Sands”. Dawna is excited to be playing the challenging role of Dr. Epstein in Rod Smith’s upcoming psychological horror film “Distortion”, in a cast that includes Sadie Katz, Helene Udy, Lainee Rhodes, and Tatiana Larrea.
Dawna has a B.S. Degree in Business Management and MBA from Pepperdine University, and her uncle is legendary director Tak Fujimoto. Her cousins David Wong and George Daugherty won a Primetime Emmy Award for their televised Broadway production "Peter and the Wolf on Broadway". She studies acting with Matthew Arkin and Karole Foreman, and her martial arts and weapons Sabumnim is Master Rick St. Clair. Master St. Clair is training Dawna online on the Jo-Staff and Kali sticks. She is a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA.