Host of the Around Town walking tours since 2005, E. Dawn Samuel is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker with extensive voice over and on-camera talent experience. She has also worked behind the scenes in production and promotion for TV One, the National Geographic Channel, PBS and Discovery Communications, Inc.
A formally trained actress, Samuel has appeared on HBO's "The Wire," NBC's "The West Wing," and CBS's "The District." Her voice can be heard on Encore & Starz Movie Networks, XM Radio, BBC America, On Demand, Lifetime, Discovery, ABC, and NBC, among others. Samuel is also the voice of Seri the Leopard on "The Wild Thornberrys" and "Rugrats" on Nickelodeon.
Samuel has taught performance and production classes at Howard University's College of Fine Arts. For three years she managed the Ira Aldridge Theatre and produced seven plays each season, featuring the work of Lorraine Hansberry, William Shakespeare and August Wilson.
A native of Buffalo, New York, Samuel received a bachelor's degree in film production and acting from Howard University. She earned two master's degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo, in theatrical performance and production, and mass media.