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Shannon K. Dunn (born 8 October 1965; age 58) is an actress and casting director who worked for Cenex Casting on casting the background performers on Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Born in California, Dunn attended Orange Coast College between 1983 and 1985, UCLA between 1985 and 1986, and Columbia State University between 1994 and 1995 where she graduated with a BS in Communications and English. Dunn worked as business affairs liaison for GTG Entertainment and as assistant producer for Reg Grundy Productions before she started to work as branch manager for Central Casting/Cenex Casting in February 1991.

During her time at Cenex Casting, Dunn worked on films including Final Analysis (1992), Sister Act (1992, starring Whoopi Goldberg), Patriot Games (1992), Last Action Hero (1993, with F. Murray Abraham), The Flintstones (1994), The Brady Bunch Movie (1995, with Gary Cole, Olivia Hack and David Graf), The Nutty Professor (1996), My Fellow Americans (1996), Air Force One (1997), the thriller Two Shades of Blue (1999), Bowfinger (1999), End of Days (1999), and Drowning Mona (2000).

Dunn left Central/Cenex Casting in February 1999 and founded the casting company Creative Extras Casting where she worked as president and executive casting director. Projects include the drama Flamingo Dreams (2000), Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001), Mockingbird Don't Sing (2001, with Kim Darby and B.J. Ward), Home Room (2002, with Victor Garber, Raphael Sbarge, Ken Jenkins, and Jenette Goldstein), The Country Bears (2002, with Diedrich Bader), Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003), and Hard Ground (2003, with David Figlioli and Larry A. Hankin).

As an actress, Dunn appeared in television series such as Married... with Children (1994), Seinfeld (1994, with Jason Alexander and Estelle Harris), Living Single (1995), Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1997, created by Jonathan Schmock), and The Practice (1998, with John Larroquette, Albert Hall, and Richard Doyle), Back to School (1986, with Sally Kellerman, Robert Picardo, Terry Farrell, and Adrienne Barbeau), Where Truth Lies (1996, with John Savage, Kim Cattrall, Malcolm McDowell, and Eric Pierpoint), the short comedy Eating Las Vegas (1997, with Rebecca McFarland and Sharon Thomas), the drama Flamingo Dreams (2000), Illusion (2004, starring and co-written by Ron Marasco and with Marco Sanchez and Maury Sterling), and Decay (2015).

Dunn sold Creative Extras Casting in June 2003 and left the company to move to Colorado where she worked as national sales manager/business unit manager for Bobrick/KKP and as director of rights and clearances for T3Media. Since August 2012, Dunn is the owner of the company Brigid Media, LLC and is also working as executive producer and writer for short and feature films. In 2015, she worked as casting producer on the comedy Exit Interview, produced by Kevin Sorbo. In addition, Dunn has been working as SAG-AFTRA board member in the Colorado Local since August 2013.

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