And from the Portfolio Weekly: http://www.portfolioweekly.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=F68CDEB337014B958AC7547206FE8A61
Spotlight on…Dennis Hassell, Playwright of The Glory Man
Dennis Hassell wears many hats - writer, actor, teacher, producer, and director – but he seems himself primarily as one thing—a storyteller. After all, story-telling is in his blood. His mother was a kitchen comedienne and his grandfather ran a radio station where he often adlibbed stories on the air. Dennis himself began writing at the age of 15 and has remained an avid story-teller ever since. A native of Vernon, British Columbia, Dennis studied at the University of Alberta where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. He has worked and trained at the internationally-recognized Shaw Festival, the Citadel Theatre, Lamb’s Players Theatre, and on many film and television projects. In 1988, Dennis founded Brookstone Theatre in Toronto and served as its Artistic Director for 17 years. He has directed or produced over 60 shows, including 15 world premieres and 30 Toronto premieres, and he’s received 14 Dora Award nominations (a prestigious award presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts) .
As an associate writer with the Lamb’s Players Theatre (San Diego), Art Within (Atlanta), Pacific Theatre (Vancouver), and Triborne Film and Video (Toronto), Dennis has written over 17 productions for both stage and film. He has been the recipient of many grants and commissions from arts agencies and producers around the globe. He has a special interest in stories with a spiritual dimension and says that his life, like his work, is bursting with spiritual adventures. He currently resides in Toronto with his wife and two children, but he extensively tours his original one-man shows, which specialize in humor, spiritual experience, and audience participation.
Dennis has taught creative communication at over a dozen universities and is a regular performer and speaker at national conferences. In October, Dennis spent a week here at Regent with our students, where he taught a class on developing the one-person show and led a script workshop for The Glory Man. The cast learned much from this passionate storyteller as they began bringing to life this awe-inspiring story of a man who followed God against all odds.
(Right: MFA Thesis Actors Derek Martin and Kelly Levander with BA Philip Wrencher)