General Manager, Actsafe
Dawn Brennan is the General Manager of Actsafe, a health and safety association for the motion picture and performing arts industries.
The recipient of a 2009 Canada Council John Hobday Award in Arts Management, she spent the first twelve years of her professional career as a stage manager, working in eleven of Canada’s thirteen provinces and territories. Other roles include General Manager at both the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre Company and the Vancouver International Writers Festival and Executive Director of Vancouver’s Women in View Festival. Recognized for her work founding Vancouver’s Theatre Cares, she was awarded the Mary Phillips Prize for Unsung Heroes at the 1994 Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards.
Currently, Dawn sits on the North American Certification Council for the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP), and previously served with the Cultural Human Resources Council’s (CHRC) Health and Safety Working Group. Dawn writes and speaks regularly on health and safety in the motion picture and performing arts industries.
A graduate of the National Theatre School, Dawn has certifications in Non-Profit Organization Management (Vancouver Community College) and Management Development for Arts Administrators (Banff Centre for Management). Having recently completed her Masters in Leadership at Royal Roads University, Dawn looks forward to laying about, eating bon bons, and reading fiction.