Meet Michelle Dawson

Posted by: Matthew Orlander on Friday, May 12, 2017 at 11:00:00 am

   Michelle Dawson plays Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia!


                             Michelle                   w/Jennifer Swiderski as Rosie & Elise Kinnon as Tanya

I grew up in a little town called Charlotte in Vermont (farm country). I showed horses around the east coast until I went to college. I have wonderful memories of that time in my life.  

I started doing plays and musicals in middle school and also with community theatre. I was hooked immediately into the world of musical theatre. I later went on to receive a BFA from Carnegie Mellon and would eventually make my way to NYC. 

I've had the fortune of being part of Mamma Mia in a number of instances, first starting in 2008. I toured on the Broadway National Tour as Tanya for a year, then continued on the road for another year and a half as Donna. In 2009, I represented the national tour performing Dancing Queen on the Tony Awards. I joined the Broadway Company in 2011, where I understudied the role of Donna and Rosie. Last summer, I was Donna at the Engeman Theater’s production of Mamma Mia, and here I am in 2017, lucky enough to be doing it again at the WBT!

I love working at the WBT and I believe this marks my 17th show. I started working here back in 1995 as Julie Jordon in Carousel. I am forever grateful for how much the WBT family has given me over the years.

My dream role is Donna in Mamma Mia as it has always been the “IT role” for me. Looking down the road, I think it would be fun to create a new role in a new musical.

When I'm not on stage, my 12-year-old son, my husband, house, and 2 dogs keep me busy! I've also started teaching voice privately and I absolutely love it!

Also, I like to listen to all types of music from musicals to today's top hits! 


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