WINNER-"Just For Laughs: Stand Up & Pitch"
So honored to have won the 2019 "Just For Laughs: Stand up and Pitch" competition in the category: From Set to Screen. My co-writer Katya Gardner and I pitched our TV pilot "Big Game" in front of an impressive jury of TV executives from Canada and the U.S.
HEAD WRITER- "The Guilt Free Zone"- 2017/2018
I am the director, series regular and writer on season 2 & 3 of the revamped "The Guilt Free Zone". Episodes can be seen on the Aboriginal People's Television Network (APTN) and on the official "Guilt Free Zone" website, that you can click here.. .
SEMI-FINALIST- "Spec Spectacular"- January 20, 2015
LOS ANGELES, CA. The spec script for "Law & Order: SVU" that I co-wrote with Katya Gardner was selected as a SEMI FINALIST for the prestigious "Spec Spectacular" TV writing competition.
FINALIST- "People's Pilot"- July 8, 2014
LOS ANGELES, CA. The pilot script "RESERVE JUDGMENT" that I co-wrote with Katya Gardner was selected as a FINALIST for the prestigious "People's Pilot" TV writing competition.
2018 2018 INDSPIRE AWARDS network: CBC
2017-2018 THE GUILT FREE ZONE network: APTN
2014 22nd ANNUAL INDSPIRE AWARDS network: GLOBAL
2013 20th ANNUAL INDSPIRE AWARDS network: GLOBAL
2011 RESERVE JUDGMENT (development) network: CBC
2011 ABORIGINAL ACHIEVMENT AWARDS network: GLOBAL
2009 TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN network: APTN
2007 WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL: "The Mecicine Show" network: CBC
2006 THE HOUR network: CBC
2005 JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL: "Oh Canada" network: CBC
2005 WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL: "My God" network: CBC
2004 BEAUMONDE HEIGHTS (PILOT) network: Protocol Ent. 2004 SPIN OFF: "The American Empire" network: CBC
2004 SPIN OFF network: CBC
2003- 2005 MOCCASIN FLATS: The Series network:. Showcase
2001 BUFFALO TRACKS network: APTN
2008 *TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN (selected for The Sundance Writers Lab)
2002 **MOCCASIN FLATS (Sundance Film Festival 2003- Official Selection)
producer: APTN/ Big Soul Prod.
2003- 2014 *TALES OF AN URBAN INDIAN The Public Theater (NYC)/ Native Voices at the Autry (LA)/ The Grand Theatre/ Magnus Theatre/ The Firehall Arts Centre/ Talk is Free Theatre/
Western Canada Theatre/
S.N.T.C./ La Cite de Francophone/ Native Earth Performing Arts *(Nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Award: Best New Play- 2003-2004)
2012 **HOME OF THE RUNNING BRAVE Native Voices at the Autry (LA)
**(WINNER: Von Marie Atchley Excellence in Playwriting Award)
2003- 2004 Scriptlab Program Factory Theatre
2003 PAINT THE TOWN RED (co-writer ) The Gas Station Theatre
2001 WHEN BUSH COMES TO SHOVE...: co-writer The Second City
2000-2001 Playwright-in-residence Native Earth Performing Arts
2000 THE REDISCOVERY OF SEX: co-writer Theatre Passe Muraille
2000 THE TRICKSTER OF THIRD AVENUE EAST Native Earth Performing Arts
2008- 2011 Revision Quest CBC RADIO
2006 Definitely Not The Opera: The Grey Cup Special CBC RADIO
2005 Spin off CBC RADIO
2005 Tonto’s Nephews (Pilot) CBC RADIO
2004 Spin off CBC RADIO
2000 First Person Singular CBC RADIO
2014 PEACE PIPE DREAMS: THE TRUTH ABOUT LIES ABOUT INDIANS, published by Douglas and Macintyre Publishing.
2008 ONE ON ONE: THE BEST MEN’S MONOLOGUES FOR THE 21ST CENTURY- Tales of an Urban
2006 HE SPEAKS: MONOLOGUES FOR MEN- Tales of an Urban Indian, excerpt.
2005 DARRELL DENNIS: TWO PLAYS- Tales of an Urban Indian & Trickster of Third Avenue East, published by Canada Playwrights Press.
2004 BEYOND THE PALE- Tales of an Urban Indian, excerpt .
2003 ANISHNABEK NEWS - Aboriginal Youth Premiere Film, article.
2002 REDWIRE MAGAZINE - The Bus Stop, short story.
2001 REDWIRE MAGAZINE - Ignorance, short story contest winner: 1st place.
2001 U of T BULLETIN - Exactly Where He Wants To Be, article.
2001-Present University of Toronto: Arts and Science
Double major: English/ Aboriginal Studies
(Recipient of the U of T National Scholarship Award.)
1997-2001 Second City Training Centre: Conservatory
(Writing material developed through improvisation)
"Darrell Dennis: Two Plays"
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"Dennis is a writer and performer to keep your eye on. Sparked by anger but suffused with humanity and humility, his Tales are worth telling--and watching."
-- "NOW Magazine"
"Dennis is an uncommonly skilled and generous artist. By the end of the evening, I was on my feet applauding, filled with gratitude and admiration."
-- "The Georgia Straight"