Denise Burse

Emmy Winner Denise Burse Stars in Kenny Leon Helmed DOT by Colman Domingo at True Colors Theatre Company, July 17 – August 12

Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang
Colman Domingo. Photo by Lia Chang

Artistic Director Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company are presenting Colman Domingo’s “Dot” starring Emmy Winner Denise Burse (“Black Mirror”) as Dotty at Fulton County’s Southwest Arts Center, located at 915 New Hope Road, Atlanta, GA 30331, July 17 – August 12.

In its Atlanta debut, “Dot” takes a light-hearted look at an illness facing all communities. In the Shealy house, Christmas means time for family gatherings. Through the interactions of widowed matriarch Dotty and her family, mental health in the Black community is explored. As Dotty struggles to hold onto her memory-a result of her Alzheimer’s diagnosis-her children must fight to balance care for their mother and care for themselves. Crackling with humor, this dramedy grapples with aging parents, midlife crises, and the strength of family.

Denise Burse
Denise Burse
Kenny Leon. Photo by Lia Chang
Kenny Leon. Photo by Lia Chang

“I’m so very excited to have the opportunity to direct the Southeastern premiere of Colman Domingo’s dramedy, Dot, to Atlanta audiences,” remarked True Colors Theatre’s Artistic Director Kenny Leon. “The play allows us to think, laugh, and cry in an evening of rich and impactful theatre. Plays like Dot remind me of what got me into theatre in the first place!”

Burse’s late stepfather lived with Alzheimer’s, an experience the actress plans to bring to her performance, remarking “I wanted to make those observations and experiences I had come to life on stage. I always look forward to those kinds of challenges in roles I’m going to take on.” Burse starred in True Colors Theatre’s inaugural production of Fences in 2003 and in True Colors’ 2008 production of Amen Corner.

The cast for Dot will also include True Colors alumni Tinashe Kajese-Bolden as Shelly, Rhyn Saver as Jackie, Gilbert Glenn Brown as Donnie, Lee Osorio as Adam, Amber A. Harris as Averie, and Benedetto Robinson as Fidel.

Dot will be in preview performances July 17 – 19 at 7:30 PM each night; opening night is Friday, July 20, 2018. The show will run through August 12, 2018. Performances during the run are Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 PM and Saturday – Sunday at 2:30 PM.

Tickets and Season Subscriptions are available by contacting Ticket Alternative @ 1.877.725.8849 or or through the True Colors website @

(l-r) Denise Burse, Navaina Rhodes, Margo Moorer and Chandra Currelley in True Colors Theatre's production of The Amen Corner by James Baldwin at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Photo by Tom Meyer

Denise Burse (Dot) is a native Atlantan, now living, and working in New York City. Ms. Burse is a graduate of Spelman College, and Atlanta University. She had a long and prosperous career honing her craft in Atlanta, at the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Children’s Theatre, Jomandi, and Just Us Theatre, before setting off for the bright lights in the big city of New York. One of her first jobs after moving to New York, was at The Billie Holiday Theatre in Brooklyn, where she recently returned to do “The Old Settler” with Pauletta Washington, written by John Henry Redwood in the newly renovated facility housed in The Restoration Plaza.

Warner Miller, Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Maechi Aharanwa. Photo by Lia Chang
Warner Miller, Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and Maechi Aharanwa. Photo by Lia Chang

“Black Mirror” Emmy winner Denise Burse, Pauletta Pearson Washington and More Open in THE OLD SETTLER at The Billie Holiday Theatre 

Ms. Burse is a recent recipient of an Emmy Award for her ensemble performance in “San Junipero” an episode on the hit Netflix series, “Black Mirror,” written by the creator of the series Charlie Brooker.

Some of her other film and television credits include “Greenleaf”, “Anesthesia” “Peace, Love, and Misunderstanding,” starring Jane Fonda. “Preaching to the Choir,” “Funny Valentine,” with Alfre Woodard, Loretta Devine, and CCH Pounder. Ms. Burse has worked on Law and Order, Law and Order Criminal Intent, and Law and Order SVU. She can still be seen as Claretha
Jenkins (the noisy neighbor) on reruns of Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne”
Denise has worked on the Broadway stage, in Lincoln Center’s “An American Daughter” by Wendy Wasserstein. Off Broadway, in The Cherry Lane production of “Harriet’s Return.” American Place Theatre’s Rabbit Foot by the late Leslie Lee, (received a Theatre World Award), and an (Audelco Nomination). Off Off Broadway New Federal Theatre’s “Robert Johnson
Tricked the Devil” (received an Audelco Award) Ohio Theatre’s “Angela’s Mixtape.” “Flyin’West” by Pearl Cleage at the Kennedy Center with the late Ruby Dee. Ms Burse, played Rose in the True Colors Theatre’s inaugural production of “Fences” by August Wilson. Her theatre career has covered many of the regional theaters across the country. Most recently in the
2016/2017 season at Seattle Repertory Theatre, as Lena in Kimber Lee’s “Brownsville Song…b side for Trey” (Gregory Award nomination), and as Lena Younger in Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

True Colors Theatre Company is based in Atlanta, GA and lead by Artistic Director Kenny Leon, and Managing Director Chandra Stephens-Albright. True Colors’ mission is grounded and centered in the rich canon of African American classics with a strong commitment to diverse new voices. True Colors strives to be an important voice in the American discussion of diversity including plays and playwrights from various times, cultures and perspectives.

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Lia Chang
Lia Chang

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and

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