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Leading Lady

Dené Hill

As a young child, growing up in the deep south of Louisiana, going to church on Sunday was a requirement whether you wanted to go or not. Church represented community and in the black church, everyone is family. I sang in the gospel choir at church and would sing in the car on the way home from school every day. When my oldest sister was coming home from college, I would write out scenes and star in my own productions as a welcome show for my sister's arrival. One summer while visiting family in Dallas, Texas, my sister and I were scouted by a talent agent at age 9. It was then that I realized I wanted to become a storyteller. By age 15, I’d earned acceptance to the prestigious Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas and continued my education at the University of Texas at Arlington, Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy, and William Esper Studios in New York City.   

I earned the title “leading lady” starring as Delores Van Cartier in Broadway’s profoundly comedic musical, Sister Act in the 2017-2018 International Tour and Co-Star in 'A Time for Greatness,' PBS.

Prior, I was no stranger to storytelling. I’ve performed alongside incredible casts. My theater credits boast the international opera tour of Porgy and Bess, as well as regional productions in Civil War, Dreamgirls, Footloose, Hair, Hairspray, and the legendary Mark Reiss’ heartwarming romantic comedy titled “I’m Connecticut.


A lover of historical truth-telling, my television debut blazoned a “striking portrayal” of Geraldine “Gerri” Whittington, the first African-American White House secretary to Lyndon Baines Johnson. Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the historical docu-film “A Time for Greatness,” celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. 


"No matter the role, I zone to masterfully authenticate promising figures into spirited characters."
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