Dawn Lyen Gardner
Dawn-Lyen Gardner currently stars as Charley Bordelon in the critically-acclaimed hit TV show Queen Sugar, created by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey.
A native Angeleno and former teaching artist, her advocacy work has long intersected with her artist work, ranging from youth arts empowerment to racial justice organizing to women’s issues. She is a member of the social justice collective HARNESS—founded by America Ferrera, Ryan Piers Williams and Wilmer Valderrama in response to the 2016 election—whose members work to center marginalized communities in pop culture.
In 2018, Dawn-Lyen became an official ambassador for women’s empowerment organization Women for Women International. She is currently in production for the fourth season of Queen Sugar in New Orleans, LA.