Dennis Collins Johnson
Dennis Collins Johnson has helped found entertainment production companies, including Inner Clarity Films and Rollicking Productions, and served as Artistic Director of the Mount Hope Estate Conservatory, and as Producing Director of the Pocono Renaissance Faire, HiiT Productions, Yer Basic Phantasy Company, and others.
Mr. Johnson has produced, directed and/or performed for such diverse venues as the Globe Theatre in San Diego, Folger Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, California Actors Theatre, the William Shakespeare Road Company, Yosemite National Park, Sterling Renaissance Faire, SUNY, the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, the USO, Saks Fifth Avenue, the International Children’s Festival, Pennsylvania Governors School, Ocean County Gifted and Talented Convocation, JP Nightingale, San Francisco Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles County Schools, the Hollywood Bowl, and the Boston Red Sox.
He has created unique interactive theatre for many fine establishments including Skytop Lodge, Wintergreen, Massanutten Resort, The Sagamore, Belle Grove Mansion, Canaan Valley, The Ahwahnee Hotel, The Black Point Inn, Fernwood Resorts, The Buck Hotel, Wheatland, The American House, Hotel Hershey, York Harbor Inn, and for almost a decade created and produced exclusive interactive entertainment for Hersheypark and Christmas Candy Lane.
A published and recorded songwriter who has written for artists such as Melba Moore, Merry Clayton, Nancy Wilson, Joe Walsh, and Gene McDaniels, Mr. Johnson has also written, produced and directed short films and television productions, and has performed as voice and on-camera talent for national companies including NFL Films, Fleer, Cox Broadcasting, Lockheed Martin, Crayola, Harley Davidson, Prevention Magazine, Black & Decker, Kelly Tires, and Paramount Pictures.
Mr. Johnson has directed hundreds of educational performances and workshops. He is co-creator of TACT, a series of interpersonal communication workshops for professionals in business, education, law enforcement, medicine, hospitality, and the arts. Mr. Johnson has co-written six screenplays, a full-length outdoor drama, and dozens of one-act plays and comic scenarios. He continues to actively seek out and create unique theatre, film, video, commercial, and audio projects.
Video assistant, editor, photographer, Ms. Peirce has 40 years of experience in many forms of media. She has worked for small newspapers, commercial book printers, book production companies and small publishers for many years. In 2000, she left her position as publications coordinator at the University of New Hampshire continuing education, to further her career as an award-winning book designer, designing more books for numerous production houses and publishers. Some of her book design and web design work is currently available to view at nhmuse.com.
In 1994, Ms. Peirce began designing Web sites for the University of New Hampshire, and was soon designing Web sites for a number of diverse companies, artists, and individuals. Recently she has added customizing WordPress Web sites to her arsenal of skills, as well as digital e-book creation.
For the past 5 years, Ms. Peirce has been helping authors to self-publish their own books, as well as assisting Mr. Johnson with video projects and performance workshops.
Mr. Belge has presented hundreds of interactive theatrical productions for schools, libraries, colleges, resorts, fine hotels, theme parks and festivals, large and small. He co-produced the Pocono Renaissance Faire in Bushkill PA; A Town Gone Mad in Hartford CT; Scrooge’s Wedding at The Sagamore Resort, Lake George, NY; and The Masque of the Red Death for the The Blackpoint Inn in Prouts Neck, ME.
He has directed Shakespeare, French farce, Commedia, Children’s Theatre, Human Chess Matches, Jousts, and a live, full-body, burn stunt at such places as the Pocono Poe Village, Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, Sterling Renaissance Faire, The American House Hotel, Hershey Hotel and the Buck Hotel, to name a few.
Mr. Belge has taught interactive character improv techniques to hundreds of actors in a variety of themes and situations. His expertise in performance themes includes Renaissance, Victorian, Western and many others. Improv Techniques he teaches include creating and maintaining a persona, positive audience interaction, period manners and customs, incorporation of socio-historical elements, and comedy, comedy, comedy. As an actor, some of his favorite roles are the reformed Ebenezer Scrooge, Wild West Showman Buffalo Bill, Renaissance Lord Marshall Laww, and the recently deceased Dr. Maillard.
Hailing from Syracuse, New York, as a youth he worked side by side with his father, a locally renowned restaurateur, and thus became a team player and a team leader at an early age. In college he studied the performing arts all the while helping to manage the family business and participating in semi-professional theatre. Mr. Belge thrives on collaborating in artistic endeavors. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, solving crossword puzzles (in ink), desktop diplomacy, the outdoors, and a leisurely breakfast in a local diner.
Producing and directing theater, faires, festivals, major events, video and film ; voice-overs; creating themed shows; live and on-camera acting; interactive and improvisational theatre; videography; photography; producing audiobooks/audiodrama; interpersonal communication workshops; screenwriting; comedy sketch writing; song writing; copywriting; educational theatre and workshops; performance workshops; consulting; audition coaching; instructing.
An especially pronounced gratitude to those exceptional associates, past and present, who have proved time and again to be our sine quae non in so many arenas so many times, particularly Brian Belge, David Donovan, Kitty Jones, Glen Johnson, Michael Donahue, John Thomas, Allen Kretschmar, and Gene McDaniels. A loving thank you to all those hundreds of actors, directors, writers, staff members, musicians, dancers, stunt persons, stage combatants, captains, dance choreographers, fight choreographers, production managers, stage managers, office persons, costume designers, lighting designers, set designers, technical personnel, jousters, craft persons, game persons, vendors, recording engineers, photographers, videographers, sound engineers, jugglers, magicians, animal trainers, performers, groundspersons, builders, security persons, emts, workers, artisans and artists who have made countless significant contributions to hundreds of our productions over the years. Finally, a big domo arigato to the thousands of audiences who have graced us with their presence, for their laughter, their tears, their applause, and their love. Meanwhile we continue to work on a number of exciting new projects. As our good friend singer-songwriter Dirk Hamilton put it, “We remember what we can’t forget. We ain’t licked yet.”
For a video gallery of many of our shows from the last 30 years, please see our Virtual Interactive Theatre channel on youtube.