Who is Dennis Pearson?
Dennis Pearson is an American Film & theatre actor, writer and creator currently based in Los Angeles. Classically trained and known for his VERSATILITY in drama as well as comedy, some of his favorite roles Highlight the underdog, every man, Historically Underrepresented and marginalized stories of our society.
Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, Dennis has always had a strong appetency for art. His desire and dedication to master the craft led him to receive scholarships, seek out and diligently study with Julliard Alumni, Uta Hagen disciples and Improv masters. A graduate of the TONY Award winning South Coast Repertory’s Professional Acting Conservatory, Dennis has also gone on to study with Academy Award Winner Tim Robbins & The Actors’ Gang, British super agent Femi Oguns’ acclaimed IDENTITY School of Acting (where he was selected to be a part of the school’s inaugural Los Angeles class) as well as renowned Casting Director Risa Bramon Garcia’s BGB Studios.
An award winning actor and lover of theatre, Dennis has recently performed on stage in productions such as Blues for an Alabama Sky at the Mark Taper Forum directed by the Legendary Phylicia Rashad, the World Premiere of Emmy Winner Ken Levine’s (M.A.S.H., Cheers, Fraiser, The Simpsons) GOING, GOING, GONE at the Hudson Theatre, A Christmas Carol and Take Me Out at South Coast Repertory, Captain Richard Davenport in A Soldier’s Play, Brutus in Julius Caesar, The Coarse Acting Show at The Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Dream Girls, Survival Strategy, Look Away at the Long Beach Playhouse, Euripides Medea (for which he received a Kennedy Center Irene Ryan Award Nomination), Daycation at the AVO Playhouse and many more.
Additionally, Dennis has performed in films that have appeared on NBC’s Peacock and have been screened at a bevy of festivals including The San Francisco Black Film Festival, The Capital City Film Festival, The Detroit Black Film Festival, The South Coast Film Festival in East Sussex, Kino in London and many, many more. Among those credits are lead roles in the films UNLOCKED, SAFE, the award winning TINDERBOX (for which he won Best Actor honors), HUSKY, as well as the web series RUN & GUN and the feature film THE ALLNIGHTER.
Dennis grew up a huge fan of Sketch comedy shows such as In Living Color, The Chappelle’s Show and SNL. What started as a simple idea & desire to cultivate something funny, fresh, dope and unique that represented the cultural diversity of his hometown soon led to the creation of a monthly sketch show called DAYCATION Theatre. There, he wore many hats: Actor, Head Writer, Director and Producer. Armed with fresh, completely original sketches, an uber talented, inclusive cast of performers and an amazing dedicated crew, the DAYCATION Theatre ensemble became a huge hit in the community and went on to gain a following that extended as far as San Diego. The hard work lead to a consistent string of sold out runs, every show. As the buzz built, audiences couldn’t get enough or wait to see the new hilarious sketches and signature characters. In fact, tickets would sell out so quickly each month that Daycation began offering free community admission to all rehearsals the day before opening night for those who couldn’t afford or get their hands on tickets — and those shows too filled to capacity.
PAying it forward
Giving back to his community is very important to Dennis. In his spare time, he loves to share any knowledge & insight into his craft with the next generation by creating opportunities for those who are traditionally overlooked or lack the access to learn about the art form. He can often be found teaching free theatre and improvisation classes to under served and at risk youth in his hometown.
so What’s Next?
Always looking for the next challenge, Dennis is currently developing multiple projects including podcasts, a web series, a virtual script reading group, a monthly book club and is also working towards writing/producing his very first feature film with the intention to play the lead role.
Outside of acting, he’s also very excited to finally learn how to cook edible food. Dennis is working on becoming multi-lingual and reaching new milestones on his personal fitness journey.
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