photo by Brigitte McQueen Shew

photo by Brigitte McQueen Shew

Denise Chapman is a performer who enjoys finding and sharing the universal truths that connects us all a human beings and sharing the stories that are often overlooked or hidden in plain sight. As a theatre educator she creates safe spaces for students of all ages to explore self expression, creativity and step outside of themselves into the unknown. She is an active member of the North Omaha community working with organizations such as the North Omaha summer arts (NOSA) and the FLIYE arts party. She is a strong believer that art changes our lives for the better, it gives a voice to those who feel like they are not being heard, and expresses a vision of hope to all those who are touched by it.

Denise graduated from Creighton University in 2001 with a BA in theatre. She went on to receive her MFA in Theatre from the Theatre Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. After graduation she performed with Qwest Educational Programs (now B.O.O.M) touring elementary and middle schools in the greater Chicago land area and worked as a Solo performing artist. She returned to Omaha in 2006 and worked with Blue Barn’s Witching hour for three years as a director/ensemble member.

Currently she is the Director of Education and Outreach at the Omaha Community Playhouse and an adjunct professor at Metro Community College. Past Directing Credits include The Crowd You’re inNeighborhood Tapestries- Great Plains Theatre Festival (GPTC), – The Circle Theatre House of Blue LeavesWho’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf- the Circle Theatre, The Good Doctor at Creighton University, Sand Mountain and Brighton Beach Memoirs at Midland Lutheran University, Tell Martha Not to MoanMarvelous CountryTurpentine Jake- Readings for GPTC,The Nightshade TapesHello MadnessIf, and Hysterical Blindness 3 –Blue Barn’s Witching hour. Acting credits include: Sophie- Flying West, Ester- Intimate Apparel Omaha Community Playhouse, Loretta- Breathe- GPTC, Ensemble- Down and out in Heaven and Hell – Blue Barn’s Witching Hour, Just…-Hot House, Spook- Shoes – Victory Gardens Theatre Chicago, IL