As a creative outlet, Denise provides acting opportunities for her students and actors throughout the region by directing and producing her own summer productions as well as teaching week-long intensive workshops.
Every summer, Denise directs a theatrical stage production, providing performing opportunities for actors of all ages. Sometimes she adds additional productions throughout the year.
Summer Intensives for Theatre & Film
Bright Lights of Broadway
One of Denise’s most popular programs is the week-long Summer Intensive class. Kids are taught the performance Triple Threat: acting, voice and dance. Each program features master teachers with expertise in one of these area. Students also perform in a cabaret setting and work with a professional casting director during the week.
The highlight of this program is a day on Broadway. Not only do the students see a Broadway show (ticket included with tuition), but they are introduced to the cast. One cast member then teaches a master class on dance!
The week includes all of the following and more:
- Vocal and song interpretation for musical theatre
- Audition technique
- Improvisation training
- Master dance class with Broadway cast member
- Audition workshop with top Broadway casting director
- A Broadway show with a backstage tour and introductions to the cast
- Special industry guests throughout the week
- On-stage performance opportunity in NYC for students’ friends and family
- Industry pros in the audience of the students’ NYC performance
It is an exciting and memorable week for all involved!
New in 2018
The Young Actors Film Experience
Summer Theatre Under the Sky* at Westmoreland Sanctuary, Mt. Kisco
*Westchester Magazine: Voted Best Theatre Under the Sky 2016
Past theatre productions have included The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Working, The Wizard of Oz, and more.
In the summer of 2013, Denise directed a new production troupe performing Shakespeare in Northern Westchester County. A Midsummer Night’s Dream was both a commercial and critical success with sold out performances, positive reviews and publicity throughout the New York metro area.
From 2-14-2017, Denise expanded her unique outdoor theatre experience to include musicals. Her productions of Into The Woods, The Wizard of Oz and You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown staged in the actual nature sanctuary, were huge successes with sold out shows and glowing reviews.