Seriously Qualified Mask Ninja
Teacher of the Mask work, chorus work and storytelling classes
Denise Rinehart is a movement theatre artist and pedagogue with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Lecoq Devised Theatre from The London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and a Master of International Education degree which she earned while teaching and working in Lodz and Wroclaw, Poland.
Daaaaaaaamn, she’s serious.
She is the founder and artistic director of Theatre Amoeba, which focuses on international workshops, residences, and dynamic retelling of real life stories that need to be told. “Rooftops,” which toured Morocco, tells the story of a survivor of the 2004 tsunami and was created following an Amoeba residency project which worked with tsunami survivors in Indonesia. “Jikji,” which was devised during a creative research residency at Hooyong Performing Arts Centre in Korea and was the subject of Denise’s TEDx talk “Some Stories Choose You,” tells the story of a nearly unknown Korean woman who changed history by discovering that Gutenberg’s Bible was not the first book printed with movable type.
Since 2016, Denise has been a part of the Clown Me In Caravan project working as a mentor, dramaturge, and actor trainer. Until 2016, Denise worked as a theatre professor at Cheongju University in Korea, where she taught directing, movement, and storytelling. Denise was also part of a team that created the Acro Gioco course at Helikos International School of Creation (Italy), where she assisted master teacher Giovanni Fusetti after completing a full-time pedagogic mentorship.
Presently, Denise is based in Italy where she collaborates with Fondazione Sipario Toscana and La Citta del Teatro, which recently produced her original adaptation of “Shh!!! We Have a Plan” (for ages 3-8) which she directed and performs on the road.