Photo by Nick Coleman
Make-up by Cati James (all other headshots by Ron Rinaldi)
Thank you for tuning into this soap opera I call my life!
Embracing my Silver Fox chapter with the same curiosity and enthusiasm of my youth, this two-time Emmy-nominee for my role as "Katie Parker" on The Guiding Light, continues to catalyze creativity from every angle presented to me. My journey as an actress might be slightly off-track without the quality representation that found me that GL audition, however, it also allows me to take full responsibility for whatever arena in which I choose to play.
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Chapter 1: I entered the business as a Broadway dancer and worked with some of best directors at that time -- Michael Bennett (via Bob Avian), Bob Fosse and Michael Kidd. Surprising trivia: My husband and I were the prototypes for "Al" and "Kristine" on the Line.
Chapter 2 and 3, Soaps & Kids: The Guiding Light changed our lives forever. I credit our theater-based director, John Pasquin and my creators, Bridget & Jerome Dobson, for discovering my comedic side -- voila! "Katie" became an unheard of dash of humor in daytime dramas -- years after I was gone, one fan asked Soap Opera Digest if "Kim Cattrall created "Katie?" Thank you to Soap Digest for setting them straight!
Over the ensuing decades, my greatest production to date resulted in the two amazing women I call my daughters.
Chapter 4: This silver fox, empty nest, episode is still unfolding while real life gets grander (Yup, you can offically call me grandma). Branding wise I hear I'm still a MILF -- Primetime series anyone? "Mrs. Mullen" in Carousel??? (no singing! no dancing!)
Without an agent, I find working with my theater company, Articulate Theatre, or student filmmakers at Columbia the most satisfying. However, the above character in Amy Schumer's new film (I didn't know it was her film at the time) came along, little $$, shooting in Boston. Ahh, what the hey, sounded interesting & right up my alley. And I got asked to submit a self-tape the next day! Nice little script, too! Exciting. Well, prepping for a theater audition the next day, so I got my submission in a day late. The audition script I did above never made it to air and they cast the character as this gorgeous (much younger) African-American model type, but . . . this is my first "self-tape" audition. Learned a lot.
"Denise Pence, well-known for her years of TV soap opera acting is even better in the flesh, a dancer, singer and comic who belts her way across her audiences and dominates the evening from start to finish."Irma La Deuce CT Journal
Denise Pence is one of the most dedicated and prepared actresses I have ever directed. She takes directorial adjustments and delivers rich, sensitive moments of emotional truth. A joy to work with, a real professional. David Hausman, Director, Schreiber One-Acts