Los Angeles, CA
Marin Cty, CA
Born on Long Island, New York, Kirk Denson has been involved in the music and entertainment industry since childhood. He attended Fisk University and American Baptist College in Nashville, moved to Los Angeles in 1980 and gained invaluable production experience working for Savoy Records, King James Records, and Stevie Wonder's Black Bull Entertainment.
In 1990 Kirk relocated to Dallas, Texas to intern at Video Post and Transfer. While in Dallas he founded Denson Productions and Communications, a production company that focused on Live Sound Reinforcement and Production Management.
The 1990’s proved to be extremely busy as Kirk was hired as an Audio Technician for the Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies in Atlanta, while touring internationally with Kirk Franklin as his Production Manager and Sound Engineer, and providing Sound Reinforcement for the Full Gospel Convention at the New Orleans Superdome. Kirk was also hired by Benson Records as Live Production provider for groups such as Yolanda Adams, Fred Hammond, Kurt Carr and Hezekiah Walker. Kirk continued touring as a Live Sound Engineer and Production Manager, working with such names as Kool & The Gang, Cameo, Bobby Brown/New Edition, Gerald Levert, and Kirk Franklin. He stopped touring to become the Senior Audio Engineer at The Potter’s House Worship Center in Dallas, overseeing a $1,000,000 annual budget and a crew of 14 volunteers and 3 staff sound engineers.
While employed at The Potter’s House, Kirk was offered an internship, and subsequently hired to work at film director George Lucas’ Skywalker Sound, where he is currently a “Project Daily” Music and Sound Effects Editor. While there his Sound Effects and Music Editing work on a documentary entitled Amandla!, A Revolution in Four Part Harmony, garnered an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Music and Sound for News and Documentary.
For the past 11 years Kirk Denson has also worked as the Director of Audio and Technical Production at the House of Hope Arena, a 10,000 seat worship facility and performance arena in Chicago, IL.
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Kirk’s experience prompted a desire to give back to underserved communities and to create a recording studio on wheels. His nonprofit organization, The MEMa Studio, Inc. (Mobile Educational Multimedia Studio), runs a program for underserved teens, through After School Matters, called “TechKno Camp”. The TechKno Camp program has attracted nationwide attention, after CNN invited the teen participants to screen their new docudrama, CHICAGOLAND, in 2014. The CNN producers conducted a “Producer’s Master Class” for the teens. WGN News produced a segment on the program: WGN Tech-Kno Segment.
While the long term goal is to travel throughout North America operating the program, Kirk remains involved with Chicago South Side teens, giving them a voice while learning life skills and a craft centered on entertainment production. The teens produced a short film and music video to speak to the violence they face daily: Perpetrators and most recently, to close their 2015 spring semester, the teens produced this documentary: Change Needs to Change
The MEMa Studio is a nonprofit organization committed to exposing underserved youth to an arts education in a recording studio on wheels, housing state-of-the-art music and film technology.
The Program connects students with industry professionals to conduct music, video production, and career skills workshops, through a program called "TechKno Camp". TechKno Camp 2017 is currently running in conjunction with After School Matters - a non-profit organization that offers South Side Chicago high school teens innovative out-of-school activities through S.T.E.M. programs and the nationally recognized Gallery programs.
When TechKno Camp hits the road the teens will participate in a Tech Arts program, gaining valuable hands on experience in all areas of audio and film production, as well as instruction in ergonomics, studio etiquette and professionalism. Students will gain self esteem, create new friendships and have learning experiences which will help see them through to the next phase of their music & arts education.
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