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Art Directors Guild Names Dawn Snyder as Director of Education and Special Projects

September 2, 2021 05:51 | By
Dawn Snyder

Dawn Snyder (Photo: Dawn Snyder)

The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) has named Production Designer Dawn Snyder as the Guild’s Director of Education & Special Projects, succeeding Casey Bernay. The two are currently working together, creating a smooth transition as Snyder takes over officially on September 1, 2021.

Bernay will stay on in a support role and continues to be involved with the Guild as a member of the Board of Directors and Secretary of the Illustrators and Matte Artists Council.

National Executive Director Chuck Parker noted, “I am thrilled that Dawn Snyder has agreed to take the reins of the ADG Education Program with her thorough Art Department background combined with her teaching experience. Casey Bernay blazed the trail for harnessing the power of Contract Services to provide more than just Safety Training, to the ultimate benefit of not only just Local 800 members, but members of other West Coast locals as well.  As Casey moves towards retirement, a seamless transition with Dawn is in the works and the winners will be the members of Local 800 for years to come.”

Snyder said, “After 38 years doing my dream job (as Set Designer, Art Director and Production Designer), I find myself fortunate enough to be able to help craft a program that will educate, strengthen skills, and encourage both current and future members of the Art Directors Guild to succeed in their dream jobs.”

She paid tribute to Bernay for her successful years in the position. The Art Directors Guild has developed, through Bernay, a robust education program which enables members to receive training and develop additional skills related to their work.

Snyder is best known as a TV Production Designer on shows such as Arrested Development, for which she won an Art Directors Guild Award. Other shows include Rush HourImaginary Mary and the Netflix series Best Worst Weekend Ever. Her Set Design credits include Geostorm, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Van Helsing, Armageddon, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Caddyshack II and Field of Dreams.

Snyder was recently Professor of Production Design at the Savanna College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia and is currently a member of the Adjunct Faculty at AFI.