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Dennis J.
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Your Child Will Enjoy Learning Acting from a Director with 50 Years of Experience with Young Actors
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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. For Child Acting sessions specifically, we'll share games, stories, songs and skits designed for fun while creating the focus and helping to discover the tools for more expressiveness. We'll begin the exploration and development of face acting, gesture, vocal range, voice acting, character, storytelling, creative dramatics, using the imagination, improvisation, movement, objectives, animal characters, and more! Of course, once I know my students, I can tailor make sessions specifically for each one of them. I've created, produced, directed, and/or performed thousands of shows and workshops for children at venues that have included: Hersheypark, Santa's Village, Hershey Library, Junior League, International Children's Festival, Wayside Theatre, Willow Opera Workshop, Girl Scouts, Yosemite National Park, Shenandoah University, Hollywood Bowl, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Zoo, Boston Red Sox, Belle Grove, Montessori, San Jose State University, SUNY, James Madison University, Old Globe Theatre, JP Nightingale, Saks Fifth Avenue, Skytop Lodge, San Jose City Juvenile Hall, Southern California Home Show, Sterling Renaissance Festival, Pennsylvania Renaissance Festival, Maine Renaissance Festival, Village Mall, Center City Mall, Spotsylvania Mall, Shenandoah Co. Parks and Rec, Los Angeles Co Recreation Department, Coolfont, Ocean Co. Gifted and Talented Convocation, Pennsylvania Governor's School, Oswego Arts Council, Downtown Charlottesville, Franklin Institute, Longwood Gardens, Reading Museum, and School Districts in ME, MA, NH, PA, VA, CA, CT, NJ.
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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Modern Dance, Choreography, Jazz Dance

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Child Acting
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Dennis is a great teacher! He's knowledgeable, direct and patient. I'm not only learning a lot about voices in my first 3 courses but the classes are helping me to regain my self confidence.

Posted Nov 11, 2022
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Dennis has been absolutely outstanding, very helpful and direct with instruction.

Posted Oct 27, 2022
Teacher's Studio

I’ve been working with Dennis for about 5 weeks now on voice acting and on screen TV segments. My friends and coworkers are commenting now on the strides that I’m making. Dennis is an excellent coach who provides me with insight and personalized resources that have helped me become more confident and competent on the radio and television.

Posted Oct 25, 2022
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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.
Modern Dance, Choreography, Jazz Dance
Jul 1968 - Aug 1968
California State University of Long Beach
Modern Dance, Choreography, Jazz Dance
Jun 1966 - Aug 1966
Connecticut College School of the Dance
Drama major, music minor, dance minor
Sep 1965 - May 1971
San Jose State University
English
Native Proficiency
One Voice Awards
Sep 2021
Gravy for the Brain
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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Child Acting
Teaches 9 subjects. Different subject may have different prices.
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$40
60 minutes
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