Denise Dowse, originally from Honolulu Hawaii the daughter of a Naval officer, graduated from Norfolk State University with a BA in English/Theatre, is best known to television audiences for her recurring role as Vice-Principal Mrs. Teasley on the long running hit Beverly Hills 90210. She’s guest starred on shows such as The Imposters, Insecure, Murder in the First, Secrets & Lies, Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Charmed, and The West Wing. Some feature film work includes The Call, Ray, Coach Carter.
When not working in television or film Denise wears other hats. She’s been seen onstage throughout Los Angeles in Three Times a Lady, Sassy Mamas, Darker Face of the Earth, Vagina Monologues, Othello. As a five time NAACP Best Director recipient Denise began directing in Germany where she held the position of theatre specialist and built a program consisting of active duty military and their families alongside German nationals.
She recently directed Beauty and the Beast & Hairspray for Celerity Schools and the sold out run of Recorded in Hollywood at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. For 18 years, Denise was the Resident Director at Amazing Grace Conservatory (a weekend performing arts school for youth ages 8-18).