Denzel was a Stargate Theatre company member from 2014-16, writing and performing in Weathering the Storm, Deeper Than Skin, and Crash. Burn. Rise. We recently checked in with him to get an update on his life and to hear his reflections on working with Stargate Theatre.
Stargate: Denzel! Can you tell us where are you and what are you up to?
Denzel: Right now I’m between Monticello, NY and my hometown of Queens. I work as a residential associate at The Center for Discovery, a facility for people with developmental disabilities. When I was in school, I was studying Radio/TV Broadcasting, but I took a break to pay off my loans and pay the rest of my way through school out of pocket.
Stargate: How would you describe Stargate to someone who has never heard of it?
Denzel: I would describe Stargate as exactly that: a gate where stars approach. Some walk through, some turn around. But when you go through that gate, you implode and your true light begins to shine its brightest light.
Stargate: What’s your favorite memory of Stargate Theatre?
Denzel: I will never forget that feeling of the last show in my first season, that feeling of completion, serendipity, and euphoria all on one plate. It was almost as if I was in a dream and I couldn’t wake up, but it wasn’t a dream. I had completed one of my biggest life goals before the age of 21, and nobody really understood what it meant to me to be given that opportunity; to act off-Broadway and get paid to do so. We went onstage and changed lives. And that’s what Stargate is about: changing lives and building an ensamily*! I only wish that I could live that dream again over and over all year long.
Stargate: How have your Stargate experiences aided you in college, your current job, or future career?
Denzel: Stargate gave me an experience that is one for the books – one that not everyone can say they did and one that I had longed for, for as long as I can remember. Stargate also gave me a new family of people I could count on and people who could count on me. I am building my own production company and the things and people I’ve met along the way haven’t seen the last of me!
[*Ensamily is a portmanteau of ensemble and family.]