ALISON ROBERTSON|HOST

Alison is a Jersey Girl who was introduced to show business by Liberace.
Alison’s theater credits include, Lennon, a Life, Pippin, Noises Off, Grand Hotel, Wait Until Dark, Dracula and Tony & Tina’s Wedding. She was also a part of award winning casts in After the Fall at the Fountain Theater and Children of the Night at Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Alison’s film and TV credits include, Dawson’s Creek,The Sixth Sense, Go On, Incredible Crew, Passions, West Wing, NCIS, The Bold and The Beautiful, Better off Ted to name a few. Recurring on Nickelodeon’s Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn. And most recently can be seen on Criminal Minds.

Alison is a certified professional coach (UCI, CLC), creating her own firm in 2010. As an author and columnist, Alison’s advice column and articles have been featured on various sites including e-Harmony, Your Tango and 100 Best Dating Sites. As a professional speaker, Alison is fortunate enough to speak all over the Los Angeles area including Universal Studios and at AFI for the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory. She is excited to announce that her first book will be coming out in 2018.

alison@holdthedrama.com

DAWN MARIE DEIBERT|EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

As a fourth generation native to Southern California, Dawn knew early on her passion for music and drama had grown roots. Spending hours in front of the TV singing into a makeshift mic – just a pencil with a ball of foil on top, her family knew a medical career was not in her future. Looking for any opportunity to sing, she joined theatre productions and sang in church choirs. Eventually this led to her invitation to work with a professional voice coach who had also trained a young Karen Carpenter.

With her collection of vinyl always in tow, Dawn’s life took a few twists and turns, one that included opening a jazz club where the great Wynton Marsalis once gave her a birthday serenade. But, eventually show business came knocking. Dawn found herself on sets casting extras for feature films such as Ocean’s 13 and Fast & Furious. During that time, and at a director’s insistence, she was given a role on a feature film where she worked in a scene along side Oscar nominee, Annette Bening. In another random twist of fate, Dawn was offered a position to run the SAG-AFTRA Conservatory at AFI where she could help up-and-coming actors and filmmakers connect and collaborate. It was during her tenure there she discovered another passion – supporting and encouraging artists to follow and pursue their dreams. Her latest role is Creator and Executive Producer of the podcast, Hold the Drama, where she hopes she can further impact and inspire creatives in many fields.

 dawn@holdthedrama.com

MELISSA PRESSMAN|EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Melissa was born in St. Louis and got her start in the creative world in high school when she started participating in school and youth theater productions. She spent a brief moment in Chicago attending classes at Columbia College and then made her way out to Los Angeles in 2002. When she’s not busy raising her three boys, she loves jumping into new productions and putting out the stories she wants to see. She is currently hosting a podcast, Rated PG and is loving producing Hold the Drama.

melissa@holdthedrama.com

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