Dawna Lee Heising is a working actress and member of SAG-AFTRA, and is the Vice President of Aki Aleong’s Mustard Seed Media Group. Dawna has worked on Gregory Hatanaka’s “Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance” with Tommy Wiseau; Ted V. Mikels’ “Ten Violent Women; Part Two”; Richard Rossi’s “Canaan Land”; Gregory Blair’s “Garden Party Massacre; Michael S. Rodriguez’s “Lake of Shadows”; Nicholas McDonald’s “Fight or Die”; and upcoming films with filmmakers Gregory Hatanaka, Ernest Serrano, Larry Parmiter, Adam Steigert and Faisal Saif. She is excited to be working with Aki Aleong in Dustin Ferguson’s “Nemesis 5”, executive produced by the legendary Albert Pyun, and to portray a villain in filmmaker and champion martial artist JJ Stomp’s “Asian Assassin”.
Dawna has trained in theater performance and Acting for the Camera at South Coast Repertory. She was a member of Sal Romeo's Friends and Artists Theater Group in Los Angeles for many years, and has trained with Sal Romeo; Michael Sewell; Guy Stockwell; Tim Russ; Richard Hatch; and at Tepper-Gallegos; Fullerton College; Cypress College; and at U.C. Berkeley.
She won Best Actress for her role as Naomi Perkins in "After School Massacre" at the 2014 Mockfest Film Festival, and was honored with a Film/TV Award at the 2017 Los Angeles Nollywood Film Festival. She also won a 2013 EOTM Award for Outstanding Television Talk Show Host for the television show "Eye on Entertainment", soon to be on Amazon Prime. She has a B.S. in Business Management and MBA from Pepperdine University. Dawna’s uncle is famed Director of Photography Tak Fujimoto, and her cousins are Emmy Award winners David Ka Lik Wong and George Daugherty for “Peter and the Wolf on Broadway”.
Dawna won Ms. World 2008; Ms. Universe 2009; Mrs. California United States 2000; Mrs. American Achievement 2001; and Miss Galactic Film Festival 2015. She is a past winner of Miss Los Angeles Chinatown; Miss Orange County Universe: Miss San Francisco Universe; and Miss California Hemisphere, among other titles. She has worked as a model for Ujena Swimwear; Venus Swimwear; Catalina; Bikini Magazine; Glamour Magazine; FVM Global Magazine; Glitz Magazine; and CVH 1st Class Magazine. She is trained in ballet and jazz dancing, Tang Soo Do martial arts, kick boxing and pole dancing.