Dennis Johnson
Rye, NH
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Dennis Johnson

Dennis J.

Rye, NH
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I teach all kinds of acting, and have for over 40 years, but I specialize in stage acting, on-camera acting, acting for the face, voice acting, comedic acting, physical acting, improv, script analysis, monologues, audition prep, audition videos and voice over auditions.

About Dennis J.

A professional director, producer, actor, writer, improvisation artist, and musician, Mr. J. has headed entertainment production companies as executive director and artistic director, co-creating original interactive events. Mr. J.studied dance with Martha Graham, Jose Limon, Carlton Johnson, Paul Draper, William Bales, Ruth Beckford, and Carol Haws. He studied judo with Professor William Montero Sr., and Senshin Budo karate with Jeremiah Tobin. He has directed, taught, or performed for the Old Globe Theatre, the Folger Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, the USO, California Actors Theatre, Mt. Hope Estate, William Shakespeare Road Company, LA County Parks, Junior League, Sterling Renaissance Festival, Pennsylvanial Renaissance Faire, Maine Renaissance Faire, JP Nightingale, Hollywood Bowl, Franklin Institute, McCabes Guitar Shop, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Knott’s Berry Farm, Frontier Village, Yosemite National Park, Netflix, Paramount, and for a decade produced exclusive interactive entertainment for Hersheypark and Christmas Candy Lane. A produced playwright, published poet, and prolific screenwriter, Mr. J. has written, produced and directed film, video, and audio projects. He has performed as voice and on-camera talent for national and regional companies including the Boston Red Sox, NFL Films, Riot Games’ League of Legends (original Gangplank, Taric, Heimerdinger), Fuel Games’ Gods Unchained, NESN, Fleer, Cox Broadcasting, Crayola, Black & Decker, Harley Davidson, Mercedes, Kelly Tire, AAA, LL Bean, Goodwill, Farmers Trust, Lockheed, Hershey, and Prevention Magazine. He directed and co-wrote The Perfect Woman, a nominee for NH Film of the Year. He has narrated and provided character voices for acclaimed documentary films including Shadows Fall North, The People's Forest, Front Wards Back Wards, and Celia Thaxter's Island Garden, which he also edited. Mr. J. has directed educational performances, improvisations, and workshops for elementary schools, secondary schools, and universities in VA, CA, PA, NJ, NY, MD, CT, ME, NH. He continues to teach improvisation, on-camera acting, voice and stage acting, public speaking, and performance workshops. His most cherished accomplishment is having raised four children as a single father.

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Elizabeth
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Dennis Johnson is extremely passionate and knowledgable about every topic relating to acting and voiceovers. His classes are friendly, warm, funny, inviting and are always very positive. Although his classes may be challenging, he focusses on preparing his students for the real world and is passionate about putting his student's best foot forward. A few things he covers in classes are improvisation, analyzing monologues and analyzing film. He is reliable and flexible with busy schedules and makes an effort to teach life lessons as well. I feel extremely lucky to have found him and to have access to his classes and film and voice over editing skills. He is a gem.

Posted May 14, 2021
Christine
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Working with Dennis has been incredibly beneficial to my growth as an actor. His ability to dissect a scene, work through the nuances of the character, and the sub-text and communicate this on camera with techniques that set you above the amateur actor, has helped me tremendously and opened up not only opportunities but my confidence as well. Dennis approaches the actor as a whole and understands there are parts to this whole and each part—the body, the speech, the mind—is just as important as the next. I wouldn't be the actor I am today if it weren't for Dennis.

Posted May 14, 2021
Laura M.
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There aren’t enough good words to say about acting coach, Dennis Johnson, of Rollicking Productions. Personally, I have had the pleasure of working with Dennis for 5 years and his commitment, knowledge and ability to guide his students to top performance levels in the acting world is unbelievable. With Dennis’ help I was able to win for the State of NH two years in a row for the nationwide Poetry Out Loud competition, land several lead roles in community theater, gain my own teaching experience in his acting workshops, etc., but more importantly I gained a whole new level of confidence that I didn’t have before. Working with Dennis was one of the best decisions I've made and the skills that I learned from him still compliment everything I do today.

Posted May 11, 2021
Bob
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Dennis C. Johnson brings decades of performing experience to his students. Through improvisation, script analysis, on-camera technique, audition training, and facial and voice control, Dennis gives the acting student the tools with which to gain expertise and confidence when auditioning for roles and acting on stage and in film. His training in voiceover work is precise and gives the student a wealth of knowledge and experience in how to control and alter one’s voice for audio work. Acting/theater games are always explained as to how they help the student with various aspects of performance. His classes are always fun and informative.

Posted May 11, 2021

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Experience

Producing Artistic Director
Aug 2011 - Present

Rollicking Productions llc

Creating and directing live interactive entertainment, television, and film concepts. Teaching workshops, and master classes in various aspects of creative performance and improvisation. Producing short films and music videos. Performed for Equity production of Fenway Founders for the Boston Red Sox. Provided voice over narration for Red Sox Reports - David Ortiz: Beyond Baseball, Firehose Games' Go Home Dinosaurs, Fuel Games’ Gods Unchained, and many other clients. Co-wrote and directed The Perfect Woman, a NH Film of the Year nominee. Appeared as special guest on The Voice Over Show. Performed in a JFK documentary for Harvard Business School. Produced, directed, wrote, and performed Casey at the Bat, an educational children’s film. Produced promotional films for inventor Sam Asano, author David Sayre, and recording artist Dirk Hamilton. Voiced characters and narration for acclaimed documentaries including Shadows Fall North, The People’s Forest, and Celia Theater's Island Garden.

Producing Artistic Director/Partner
Jan 2005 - Aug 2011

Penumbral Productions

Voiced three original characters for Riot Games' League of Legends, including Gangplank, Taric and Heimerdinger. Produced and directed the web series Penumbra, the short experimental film Devils Minion, and a series of music videos featuring composer and recording artist Eugene McDaniels. Co-wrote the screenplay Nether Road for Left Bank Films. Produced The Great Improbability audio book featuring a cast of 20. Co-produced and directed New Heights Live with Joe Piscopo, and interactive entertainment for The Harry Potter Book Release Party. Produced numerous music videos. Taught and directed for the Carri Coltrane Performance Workshops. Conducted TACT workshops for students and staff at New Heights in Portsmouth, NH. Gave private lessons in acting and improvisation. Performed as voice talent for numerous corporate clients including Hershey, Timberland, and New Holland. Created the Dennis J. Music Video Workshops and the Dennis J. Performance Workshops.

Co-Producing Artistic Director
Jan 1999 - Dec 2005

TripleTake Entertainment

Responsible for creation, production and direction of diverse interactive events, projects, and festivals including the Maine Renaissance Festival, television and radio commercials and programs, live professional entertainment, legitimate and interactive theatre, educational programs, revenue-generating programs for fine resorts, and interpersonal communication and leadership (TACT) seminars. Additional responsibilities: *Directed traditional and interactive plays *Co-authored full-length plays and one-act plays *Supervised and directed rehearsals, recording & taping sessions and live performances *Oversaw auditions and casting *Negotiated salaries and prepared contracts *Performed as on-camera and voice talent in many sessions and shoots *Prepared and administered budgets *Devised and co-ordinated rehearsal and performance schedules *Conceived and executed promotions *Directed and produced touring companies.

Producing Artistic Director
Dec 1995 - Dec 1999

Revelry Productions

Created, produced and directed seasonal festivals including Edgar Allan Poe’s A Town Gone Mad, corporate shows and workshops for Webster Bank, Morgan Stanley, and Merck, one act plays, marketing and promotional events, television and radio production, touring shows, educational performances, and workshops. Additional responsibilities: *Supervised and directed rehearsals and performances *Oversaw auditions and casting *Negotiated salaries and prepared contracts *Prepared and administered budgets *Devised and coordinated rehearsal and performance schedules *Conceived and executed marketing programs * Directed, organized, and booked touring companies.

Executive Director
Feb 1993 - Dec 1995

Magic Valley Festivals

Found and signed investors. Supervised the design and rebuilding of 90 acre theme park. Produced, directed, and administrated hundreds of dates of diverse interactive theatre and entertainment events, theme park experiences and festivals, achieving a consistent 98% audience approval from 200,000 attendees. Held ultimate responsibility for co-creating, producing, and directing the Pocono Renaissance Faire, Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Village, and A Charles Dickens Christmas Village. Directed Hersheypark and Hotel Hershey events including Dinner With Dickens. Created major entertainment events and tours. Additional responsibilities: *Oversaw six-figure marketing, special events and promotional campaigns *Prepared and administered annual $1M budget *Oversaw 35 member actor conservatory *Oversaw auditions of 3000 actors and variety artists *Devised and coordinated 60-show rehearsal and performance day event schedules *Created and produced dozens of educational workshops from elementary to college *Wrote and directed original plays and scenarios. Directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet.

Co-Producing Artistic Director
Jan 1990 - Feb 1993

HiiT Productions

Created, produced, and directed interactive and immersive theatre projects, entertainment events, improvisations, and touring shows. Additional responsibilities: *Supervised and directed rehearsals and performances *Oversaw auditions and casting *Negotiated salaries and prepared contracts *Prepared and administered budgets *Devised and coordinated rehearsal and performance schedules *Conceived and executed marketing programs *Directed, organized, and booked touring companies *Performed as on-camera and voice talent in hundreds of sessions and shoots *Co-designed and conducted corporate TACT workshops on interpersonal communication and leadership.

Artistic Director
Dec 1986 - Jan 1990

Mt. Hope Estate

Responsible for conceptualization and supervision of all aspects of entertainment at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, a top ten PA event drawing annual attendance over 100,000 audience members. Created new interactive events including Outdoor Classroom, Poe Evermore, A Charles Dickens Christmas Past, and A Feast with Queen Elizabeth. Achieved consistent 95-98% audience approval rating. Additional responsibilities: *Managed full-time artistic staff *Prepared and administered $1M budgets *Created and oversaw 40 member Actor Conservatory *Produced, created, and directed dozens of interactive theatre projects, immersive performances, dinner theatre series, special events, educational workshops, and promotional campaigns *Recruited, hired, and supervised stage directors, choreographers, music directors, writers, fight directors, instructors, and stage managers *Oversaw auditions of 5000 actors and variety artists *Directed touring company *Directed Shakespeare, Chekov, Feydeau, and original plays *Designed performance stages.

Education

Drama major, music minor, dance minor
Sep 1965 - May 1971

San Jose State University

Modern Dance
Jul 1968 - Aug 1968

California State University of Long Beach

Modern Dance, Chreography, Jazz Dance
Jun 1966 - Aug 1966

Connecticut College School of the Dance

Languages

American English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

SAG-AFTRA
Jan 2021
SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.
BMI
Sep 1974
Broadcast Music Inc. was founded in 1939 by forward-thinkers who wanted to represent songwriters in emerging genres, like jazz, blues and country, and protect the public performances of their music. Operating on a non-profit-making basis, BMI is now the largest music rights organization in the U.S. and is still nurturing new talent and new music.

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