Recently, Dawn-Lyen starred as Imogen in Shakespeare's epic CYMBELINE, directed by Bill Rauch at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Past shows include MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING with Helen Hunt and Lyle Lovett at the Kirk Douglas Theater; Liesl Tommy 's acclaimed production of RUINED at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; and the world premiere of Richard Greenberg's A NAKED GIRL ON THE APPIAN WAY at South Coast Repertory, among others.


Dawn-Lyen Gardner soars as Imogen... Her beauty is matched only by her acting ability, carrying the audience to the depths and the heights with equal facility. Her comedic timing and engaging grin ensure the audience is on her side at every turn of the plot.
— The Sneak Preview

Other Press:

— San Jose Mercury News
Ms. Gardner creates a facade of recovery so on the verge of shattering that the audience holds a collective breath…
— Variety
Gardner gives an impressive performance as Hermia. In an instant, she is able to take Hermia from Lysander’s doting lover to Helena’s venomous rival - all with equal doses of humor.
— LA Downtown News
— The Oregonian
— The Register-Guard