Dennis brings his memories and stories with him everywhere he goes. The result is an incomparable experience of richness and laughter and then new memories to carry away. I take my hat off to him - he’s awesome.
/ maura Campbell - award winning playwright /
Dennis has appeared in over 50 productions in venues across the northeast and in the United Kingdom. His most memorable roles are from works by Mamet, Albee, Simon, and Stoppard. Critics have commented that his work is consistently engaging and convincing, and his instincts and comic timing are impeccable. He particularly shines in ensemble works and manages to bring humor to even the darkest of tales. He was nominated as Best Actor in Drama at the 2005 Brighton UK Fringe Festival for his performance in “Fish Dancing”.
First featured in dozens of eight millimeter home movies taken by his parents (thanks mom), he’s been directed in a variety of scenarios - beach scenes, snow events, birthday parties, interacting with animals and lots of sports including baseball, basketball and track and field. His ease in front of the camera has evolved in several film shorts done by Burlington College film students. Mark Corvino’s short film “Talcum” was awarded best short in Burlington’s Film Festival. David Metzger, another graduate of Burlington College, recently completed “Silver Screen Roadshow”, previewing in 2019. Dennis also appeared in Eric Linder’s critically acclaimed film “Automatism”.
A master storyteller and monologist, Dennis has performed his original work at the United Solo Festival, the Prague Fringe Festival, the SaraSolo Festival, the Burlington Fringe Festival, and the Grange Hall Cultural Center. His second solo piece, “Typhoon of Tenderness”, was awarded the Excellence in Performance nomination in the 2016 Prague Fringe Festival and the Outstanding Drama Award at the 2019 SaraSolo Festival. He continues to be part of storytelling venues in Vermont - The Moth, Extempo VT, The Risk, and Storytelling Vermont are regular stages to hear his stories. He’s also performed original material in shorter and longer form of story at the Off Center Burlington Fringe Festival in their Very “X-Xmas” shows, and was selected for the 2017 Spring Artist Showcase, performing “Box Of Squirrels”, his most recent solo piece.
New to this form of performing, Dennis has done stand-up comedy at two gala fundraisers for the Turning Point Recovery Center of Vermont. Armed with a water bottle and a stool, he found he could fill ten minutes, but it is very difficult. Telling true story scenes that have humorous materials and bits, he hopes to have the courage to do this again.