“BEST ACTRESS…” (ACCOLADES)
Dawn Jani is an uncommonly versatile actor with more than fifteen years of professional experience in theatre and film. Her strong background in physical theatre has given her an uncanny chameleon-like ability to transform into just about anyone. Her career takes her all over the world, allowing her to work with Deaf and hearing actors, directors, and photographers.
With a Master of Arts in Physical Theatre with Merit from St. Mary's University in London, Dawn’s life mission to show that Deaf and hearing can work together on the front line and bring positive change in today's world.
Aside from acting, Dawn Jani is also known for advocating Deaf rights. She gives workshops, training seminars, motivational speeches, and appearances; in 2017, she was named the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf’s Person of the Year.
2019 SUMMARY: A HUGE SUCCESS!
The year started with a Canadian winter tour of Whynot Theatre’s nationally acclaimed Prince Hamlet, which secured more stellar reviews. Dawn Jani’s performance as Horatio was particularly singled out for praise, with one reviewer stating that “her onstage energy is unrivalled.”
After that, she jumped into another exciting ground-breaking production, The Black Drum, an extraordinary, signed music musical that was co-produced by the Deaf Culture Centre and Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto. The show went on to perform at Clin d’Oeil, a prestigious Deaf Arts festival in France, and a tour of the play is currently being planned. Toronto’s BroadwayWorld quoted, “As the heroine of the story, Birley delivers a powerhouse performance throughout the show.”
For the autumn season, Dawn Jani returned home to Finland to work with Espoo City Theatre in their debut of Sanaton Rakkaus (Children of Lesser God). Casted as Sarah opposite Santeri Kinnunen (as James), the show was “the talk” of the city with sold out tickets nearly every night and earned overall praise from many commenters with following remarks in Finnish, “Sanaton rakkaus -näytemässä hän oli erittäinen vakuuttava ja ilmaisuvoimainen Sarahin roolissa,” and “Sanaton rakkaus on ehdottomasti Birleyn näytelmä. Toivoisin näkeväni hänet jatkossakin muissa teatterituotannoissa.”