Dennis was born in Detroit, Michigan, in December 1948. He received a Bachelors Degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1971 and completed an additional year of graduate school there. He then moved from Michigan to Maryland after being hired by the Department of Defense. While employed, he completed his Masters Degree on a part-time basis.
From 1980-1982, he attended an institute in Germany that focused on a variety of aspects of Sovietology -- history, economics, political science, geography, Russian language comprehension and composition, and more.
At the Department of Defense, he worked as a line analyst, a manager, and an instructor. Retiring after 32 years, he went to work with a number of defense contract agencies on various defense-related project.
In his latter years at DoD, he began studying the art of screenwriting and team-wrote his first script in the late 1990's. Taking on-line coursework as well as attending the McKee Seminar on Story, he strived to improve his understanding of story/script structure. His analytic background and intuitive grasp of story enabled him to take on part-time work for a short period of time as a script reader. His analyses and story development notes were considered to be extremely professional and helpful to new writers.
He resides in Annapolis, Maryland, with his wife, Kathy, and is the father of two terrific sons, Nick and Dave.
Unique traits: Knows the Russian language as well as English
The Vestals: Do You Hear What I Hear? Drama In pre-Roman antiquity, the daughter of an exiled king struggles to survive when she is suddenly thrust into the mysterious and secretive world of the powerful Vestal Virgins.
Finalist - Original TV Drama Pilot - Creative Writing Awards Competition
Quarterfinalist - Original TV Drama Episode 2 - Creative Writing Awards Competition
Original TV Drama PIlot - Semi-Finalist-American Gem Literary Festival -
Original TV Drama PIlot - Semifinalist - Write Movies 34th Writing Contest
Original TV Drama Pilot - Semifinalist - NEXTV Writing and Pitch Competition
Feature-Length Script Family Drama - Finalist - Exposurama Screenwriting Competition
Feature-Length Script Family Drama - Semifinalist - WRITEMOVIES International Screenwriting Competition
Feature-Length Futuristic Drama - Quarterfinalist - Quantum Quest Script Competition
Feature-Length Futuristic Drama - Honorable Mention - 5th Annual Writer's Network Screenplay and Fiction Competition
US Army Russian Institute
Georgetown University (Washington, DC)
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)