"Our Journeys Are Ever Evolving"
As an Artist, Denise Lee is an award-winning Dallas based actress/singer who has performed in all genres of entertainment for almost four decades. She has performed on stage in almost every theater in the metroplex playing iconic characters such as Wiletta Mayer in Dallas Theater Centers ‘Trouble In Mind’, to Amanda Wingfield in Circle Theatre’s ‘The Glass Menagerie’ and creating characters for World Premieres of new works like Imani Othello in Bishop Arts Theatre’s ‘The Tragedy of Othello’ by Frankie Gonzales and ‘Ethel’ in Jubilee Theatre’s ‘Bread & Gravy.
Denise is the founder and Executive Producer of the DLO Cabaret Series and the Dallas Cabaret Festival. She is a 4-time recipient of the Dallas Voice’ ‘Best Vocalist’ in the Reader’s Voice Awards and a 3-time Leon Rabin Award winner. She has the distinct honor of being the 1st recipient of the Sammons Center for the Arts ‘Cabaret Artist of the Year’. She also has an extensive film and television resume. She has delighted international crowds with performances in jazz clubs in Shanghai, Beijing, Switzerland and France. Her first play ‘Funny, You Don’t Act Like A Negro’ had its World Premiere at the Historic Theatre Three in February of 2020.
Denise's commitment to Equity and Social Justice led her to establish Visions For Change, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, where she serves as the Executive Director. Visions For Change, Inc was created and is committed to building bridges between communities through conversations, activities and programs. Because she strongly believes that the Arts play a major role in unifying our communities (she considers herself an Artivist) she is also committed to using art as a way to increase awareness and promote inclusion and equity in our society. Through her role with the DLO Cabaret Series, she uses the unique artform of Cabaret to promote not just quality entertainment but thought-provoking topics with which to engage the audience.
For her work in the arts and community, Denise has been awarded the Rudy Eastman Diversity Award by the Live Theater League of Tarrant County and a Special Citation of Recognition by the DFW THEATER CRITICS. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Hero of Hope Award for her courageous stand for the rights of all people without regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. In 2022 she received the Broadway Dallas Fullinwider Award in honor of her accomplishments within the North Texas theater community and beyond. Also that year, Black Tie Dinner presented her with the Dale Hansen Ally of the Year Award. Black Tie Dinner annually recognizes a distinguished ally of the LGBTQ community who, through personal and professional activities has made a significant, positive impact on the LGBTQ community.
Denise currently serves on the Board of Directors at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, has served as a member and Board Chair of the Dallas Street Choir and is the Social Justice Strategist for the Dallas Children’s Theater.
She is the very proud mom of 2 dedicated artists, Traci Elaine Lee & Janelle Nicole Gray.