Denesa Chan is a critically acclaimed actor and award-winning filmmaker with 14 years professional experience. She started conservatory-level training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts at age 13. By 15 she was the youngest person invited to study at NYU’s Lee Strasberg studio. She joined her first regional touring company when she was 17. Since then she has toured worldwide, performing on four continents in venues such as the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion and the OC Center for the Arts. Chan’s recent film and TV work includes acting opposite Chris Pine and Patrick Wilson in the upcoming feature, STRETCH, acting in a film directed by academy-award winner, Tom Woodruff Jr., as well as playing in a SyFy channel feature.
Denesa is currently acting in and co-directing/co-producing “Demon-Slaying Drag Queens,” an original play set in the fantastical world of demons and superheroes where the ones who can save us are the ones living on the edge of the margins. You can see the play in the Hollywood Fringe Festival June 13th-28th, 2014.
Denesa has produced two award-winning films, one of which debuted at the Mann’s Chinese Theatre as an official selection at Screamfest, “The Sundance of Horror” and went on to win the coveted “Independent Spirit Award” at Sydney’s “A Night of Horror,” one of the top genre festivals in the world. The other film that Denesa produced was shot on 35mm Techniscope, the same gorgeous format as “The Good, The Bad and the Ugly.” It took home the “Best of the Fest” award at the International Trailer Festival. Additionally, Denesa has been mentored in production and marketing by Bill Wallen, a former Senior Vice President and Creative Director of Strategic Marketing Worldwide for the Columbia Tristar Motion Picture Group and Sony Pictures Entertainment.
Denesa is currently writing a book on the creative process to help artistically-driven people thrive.
When not acting, producing or writing, Denesa enjoys volunteering for humanitarian organizations. Her proudest achievement was as an international observer in an armed conflict in Latin America, where she was held at gunpoint and saved lives.