Since 1986, Dennis has Directed/Choreographed for Off-Broadway, in Regional Theatres, Universities, Dinner Theatres and Summer Stock across the U.S. and Canada. In 2000 Dennis directed and choreographed the Off-Broadway musical Dressing Room. He also staged and choreographed the 30th Anniversary Tour of Mame starring Morgan Brittany of “Dallas” fame. Dennis has been directing for 26 years and has over 100 productions to his credit.
In 2000 Dennis directed/choreographed A Chorus Line at the Cherry County Playhouse. He was invited back in 2001 to direct/choreograph Bye, Bye, Birdie starring Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez. In 2002-2003 Dennis served as the Artistic Director for Cherry County Playhouse. Continuing the theatre's "star system" tradition, productions included Sandy Duncan in Oklahoma, Peter Scolari in Barnum, Eddie Mekka in Guys and Dolls and John Davidson in Chicago. Dennis directed both Oklahoma and Guys and Dolls.
Dennis has more than 20 years of experience as a professional actor, dancer, and singer on Broadway, television and in film. On Broadway, he appeared in the revival of Finian’s Rainbow (with Frank McHugh and Nancy Dussault), Irene (with Debbie Reynolds & Jane Powell) and the legendary A Chorus Line. In 1981 he had the honor of performing with the Broadway Co. of A Chorus Line at the White House for President Reagan. He has many regional theatre and national tours to his credit. At the age of 19, he was hired by the famous director/choreographer Gower Champion to tour in the National Company of Hello Dolly starring Betty Grable. He was seen weekly on “The Red Skelton Show” and appeared several times on “The Carol Burnett Show” Dennis has many “soap” appearances and national commercials to his credit. He appeared in several films including New York, New York, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Annie and Puff n’ Stuff.
Born and educated in New Orleans, Dennis continued his professional training in New York City in 1966. He studied acting at the famous HB Studios in Greenwich Village. He studied dance and singing with some of the best teachers the city offered. He also studied at the Film Actor’s Workshop at Columbia Films Studios in Los Angeles.
A CHORUS LINE
becomes longest running show on Broadway
Stage Directors and Choreographers (SDC)
Dennis' TV debut in 1965
The Ted Mack Amateur Hour
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