Profiles and Interviews With Interesting New Yorkers

Shining Brighter From One Stage To The Next: Danika St Denis

By Nick Christophers

Danika St Denis has grown as a sought-after actress on the theatre circuit and is no way slowing down. She is a diversified talent bouncing between being an actress, singer to choreographer.

She has worked with various distinguished theatre companies like The Other Side of Silence (TOSOS) Theater Company and Hudson Guild Theater on shows like; “A Night At Danny LaRue’s” and “Figuring Out Will.” In both productions she played the lead. Her singing prowess has been recognized as she led her voice in projects such as “Nights At The Piano” at the renowned Duplex Theater and “Cool Yule Christmas” with RWS Entertainment Group.

After the insane year with the pandemic Danika came back swinging in 2021. She took part in the well-received play “Together-Alone” by The American Theater of Actor’s founder James Jennings. Danika was joined by other actors Thomas Crouch and Emery Lawrence. The play focused on the broken relationship between a father and son and the impact of COVID at a nursing home. Danika played the lead role of Rachel.

She took on the project “God Of Carnage” writtenby Yasmina Reza which was translated by Christopher Hampton performed at the Vino Theater in Brooklyn. The play received immense positive reviews and was shown on Broadway on Demand which is a subscription-based service that offers archived and live footage of esteemed Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

“God of Carnage” was a momentous success! It was performed at The Vino Theater in Brooklyn, and we not only sold out our theater each night with local audience members, but we had audience members from all over the globe who bought tickets and tuned in to watch the performance live on Broadway on Demand. It was a huge honor to have our show join the lineup of distinguished productions being offered on the service.”

Actors Dash Baker as Michael Novak, Keeley Shantz as Annette Raleigh, and Matthew Wygonski as Alan Raleigh joined her. Danika played Veronica Novak. The play was directed by Billy Gillen and stage managed by Josephine Ptacek. It first premiered in London’s West End in 2008 after being translated it was brought to Broadway in 2009. There was another company that Danika used to work with called Bagela4art Productions which she just completed the show “That Kind of Love” where she played the lead role of Michaela Fisher. Her character was a complex one that learned to navigate the love, lust, and heartbreak of pursuing a New York City romance.

Danika has also recently released a new reel which highlights her acting and vocal talents. The reel offers dance footage from her performance in “Cool Yule” on The International Plaza Stage at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Missouri casted by RWS Entertainment Group. There is also acting footage from her lead roles in the projects in Patrick McEvoy’s play “The Interrogation” and James Jenning’s play “Together-Alone.” We cannot leave out her singing work in the Off-Broadway show Chick Flix at The Players Theater.

At every show we interview a couple in the audience and then improvise an entire musical based on their relationship right then and there for the audience to watch. Every show is different, and every show is so much fun! It takes a lot of talent to be able to musically improvise on the spot and I am so thankful for my other cast members who help bring the show to life each performance as they are some of the best musical improvisers here in New York.”

On the horizon for Danika in 2022 is the show Chick Flix which was extended until December 2022. Hence, she will be performing there every month. In addition, she was casted by Genny Yosco of Sour Grapes Productions to perform in lead musicals and straight acting roles for her production company with performances at The Vino Theater. Danika has proven that she is a prominent driven actress/singer and welcomes every opportunity that comes her way.

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