Denny joined the faculty of the University of Utah Department of Theatre in 2012 as the Head of the Musical Theatre Program where she directed and choreographed Spring Awakening last year, to critical acclaim.
She is the associate choreographer, production dance supervisor and the original Broadway dance captain of the Andrew Lloyd Webber & Hal Prince show The Phantom of the Opera, the longest running show on Broadway with 25 recording breaking years. She has also been responsible for casting, coaching and setting 13 other worldwide productions of Phantom.
Other Broadway credits include Jesus Christ Superstar. She wrote, directed and choreographed A Soul Wailing in Darkness, a ballet with actors, based on the Nobel Laureate Kenzaburo Oe’s A Personal Matter. She has created work from Vienna, Austria to Austin, Texas, including A Christmas Carol (Kevin Moriarty/Trinity Rep), Street Scene (Francesca Zambello/Houston Grand Opera), The Lord of the Rings (Stromberger/Berlin) and In Love (Dead Poet Project/Westchester Ballet).
She is a graduate of the University of Texas Department of Theater and Dance, where together with her late husband Steve Barton, she has been honoured with an endowed Presidential Scholarship.