That's a Little Bit About Me

I'm Dawnnie

Hi there! I'm Dawnnie Mercado. I'm a plus size, over 30, Latinx actor momma on a mission to create the Hollywood we want one mom role at a time.  


I've worked in Theatre, Film and TV.  I also coach and teach, and I love my students at TADA Acting Studio in Tehachapi California. I tell each and every one "You're my favorite, don't tell the others." 


I'm most known for my empathetic mom roles such as the mom who once gave birth in the back of a taxi on E.R.

Speaking of taxi, I played Lucy in the theatrical release of "Dracula" twice, and I kept the role despite being hit by a taxi one New York afternoon just weeks before leaving town for its remount. This also earned me the title of "one tough broad" among friends.


I'm a bit like a bull dog really.  My tenacity was ingrained in me by my mom early on who worked as many as three jobs at a time to keep a roof over our family's heads. My career started with my first acting class at UCLA.  Believe me, it was my first and only A my first year!  This lead to Cal Poly Pomona, UC Santa Barbara, then finally to New York City's famed Tisch School of the Arts where I earned my Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Since then, I have consistently worked as an actor, teacher and coach while raising my daughter and my family of dogs.

Life is just plain better with dogs, don't you think?

In my career I have earned roles playing opposite Tyne Daly, Vincent D'Onofrio and Rick Schroder. I'm represented by Stein Entertainment Group. 


I am exceptionally proud to be a female entrepreneur, mom, coach and actor and living a hyphenate life where being more than one thing is not only possible but celebrated.  


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