David Storms Denman
David Storms Denman, died on December 12, 2021 in Chicago, IL. He was 58 yrs old.
Denman was born on April 22nd, 1961, in Kansas City, Missouri and moved with his family to Jefferson City in 1964. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1980 and from Westminster College in Pennsylvania in 1984, with a degree in Theater. Denman had a wonderful talent for painting and drawing, especially in watercolor and pencil. He had a rare ability for illustrating texture and structure in his watercolors. His sketches and paintings are hung and treasured by all.
Chicago theater was always Denman’s first love. He lived in Chicago for much of his life, intimately involved in every aspect of theater, from set design to writing and producing plays. He founded the National Pastime Theater Company and Clock Productions, producing several successful plays such as Yuba City and Einstein’s Dreams. Later, he wrote plays for Mary-Arrchie Theatre’s infamous and beloved Abbie Hoffman festival. He produced several films, including The Ghost of Captain Lowe, and wrote and produced a play called Six Scary Tales. Over the past several years he supported and served on the board of the Accidental Shakespeare Company and Kidworks.
As Artistic Director, Company Member, Board Member, director, producer, playwright and set-designer, Denman exemplified commitment to the arts. He is remembered for making a life size whale when under deadline, helping set up and break down every yard sale benefit, driving gangs of people to shows, lugging scenery, always buying tons of raffle tickets, and making out like a banshee in prizes every time at every benefit. All who knew him and worked with him will miss his positivity and kindness, and are grateful to have known him.
His parents were John and Susan Denman. He is survived by his two brothers, Thomas Holt and John Stewart Denman; and his sister Amy Elizabeth Denman. He had a nephew, Jack Storms Denman, and two nieces, Celia and Ella Denman.