Meet Our Faculty Artists

Heather Dawson

Video Arts

Heather is an Emmy Award-winning director and producer and joins the Taft faculty as the video arts teacher.

A graduate of The Ethel Walker School, Heather studied film and television production at Boston University. After earning her degree, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked in film, television, and new media production at Warner Bros., Universal, CBS, and NBC Studios and has worked on countless television shows including The Drew Carey Show, Norm, and Friends. Prior to coming to Taft, Heather was executive producer of video originals for Connecticut Public Media/ PBS. At CT Public Television, Heather was responsible for conceptualizing, developing, and overseeing the production of original video series and documentaries including the digital series Sharing Connecticut for which she won a regional Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in 2019. Heather was awarded a Gracie Award for Directing from the Alliance For Women In Media Foundation in 2020 and she was nominated for a regional Emmy Award for Producing in 2021. When she’s not behind the camera, Heather enjoys songwriting and playing shows throughout the state with her band. She has been recognized nationally for her songwriting and was awarded a Connecticut Music Award for “Best Singer/Songwriter” and “Best New Band” in 2016. Heather can also be found hiking, gardening, learning about sustainable living, herbalism, and new media technology - and she’s always on the hunt for the next great story to tell. Heather lives in Simsbury with her husband, Rob, and their two children. She is thrilled to guide and inspire the next generation of Taft filmmakers.