Denise is a Pittsburgh area playwright, screenwriter, theatre director, voice actor, and educator. She is a proud alum of Carnegie Mellon University where she earned her BFA in Directing and MFA in Dramatic Writing.
She has taught in the summer Drama programs at CMU since they first began. She is the newly-appointed chair of the Theatre and Dance Department at Seton Hill University, where she teaches performance, writing and speaking courses throughout the curriculum. Denise received a 2000 Sloan Foundation Award for her screenplay Riding Fire. She is the recipient of two Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowships, and the John Pasquin award for her play Phone Noir.