Nō Backstage: Actor and Entrepreneur Denim Richards

Nō Backstage: Actor and Entrepreneur Denim Richards

Actor Denim Richards joins us for this edition of Nō Backstage.

Denim has been performing for over two decades with 20+ musical theater productions
as well as numerous TV and film credits under his belt. He can currently be seen in the series
regular role of ‘Colby’ opposite Kevin Costner in the hit Paramount Network series

On the feature film front, Denim will next appear as ‘Jack Brown’ in “The Chickasaw Rancher,”
which tells the remarkable story inspired by the life of renowned Chickasaw cattleman Montford
T. Johnson. Denim also directed and co-wrote a short film called “The Zoo” – a dark, gritty
WWII psychological thriller highlighting the black experience during the Holocaust, currently in
Also on the writing front, Denim has released an inspirational self-help and wellness book called
Mastering The Mind, currently available for purchase as an e-book. All proceeds from the book
are going to Operation Underground Railroad, whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking,
specifically child trafficking.
In 2006, Denim took first place in acting and singing in the Los Angeles NAACP competition.
He went on to take fourth in nationals.  For those who knew him well, the accolades came as no
surprise.  Denim found his passion for the arts when he was just six years old while performing
as a guest soloist at the world-renowned Crystal Cathedral.  Since then, he has never looked
back. Through his acting, Denim loves to guide audiences through a range of emotions that
leave them feeling uplifted and inspired. He is often attracted to roles that require extreme
character development and vocal ability.
Denim has always had a burning desire to own and create, so in 2010, he established his own
production company, Lazer Focus Productions, LLC (LFP).  LFP is a multi-ethnic company that
takes pride in telling original stories of quality while providing opportunities for professionals in
the entertainment industry.  Denim believes that there is amazing talent everywhere, and LFP is
the platform that is needed to showcase that talent.
Denim’s brand is Love.  He believes that everyone should receive it, especially children.  Denim
strongly believes that “in this day in age where everyone is so busy, we have to remember that
the youth are our future.” With this in mind, he launched Youth Empowering Success (YES). 
YES is a nonprofit organization that focuses on giving youth a positive voice through the arts:
singing, acting, dancing, public speaking and/or filmmaking.  In conjunction with his nonprofit,
Denim also mentors third, fourth and fifth-grade children at MLK Elementary.

Denim is active in several charities such as United Steps, which addresses
homelessness; RAINN (Rape, Abuse; Incest National Network); Rowell’s Foster Children’s
Positive Plan and the Innocent Justice Foundation.
Denim hopes to continue being a positive role model and an inspiration of hope.

Moderated by Scott Mantz

Recipient of the ICG Publicists Guild Press Award (honoring outstanding entertainment journalism), and a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Critic’s Choice Association, Scott “Movie” Mantz is a longtime host, correspondent, film critic and Emmy-nominated producer, whose credits include Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, The TODAY Show, KTLA-TV, CNN and The Official Live Golden Globes Red Carpet Preshow. He is an in-demand moderator of panels, press conferences and FYC guild Q&As for many Oscar-winning movies, most notably “Parasite,” “Judy,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Free Solo,” “La La Land” and “The Shape of Water,” and he is the host of the online movie shows “For Your Consideration” (for Collider) and “You Know That Scene” (for Focus Features).

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