Dennis Trainor Jr is an multi-media storyteller, actor, writer, and teacher, and with a focus on justice, resistance, and the intersection between the arts and politics.
Dennis Trainor Jr is a multi-media storyteller, actor, writer, and teacher, and with a focus on justice, resistance, and the intersection between the arts and politics.
As a filmmaker, his documentary on the Occupy movement, American Autumn: an Occudoc, garnered critical praise from The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and more. See the trailer or watch the full movie for free here. He also wrote and directed Legalize Democracy, a documentary short about the Movement To Amend the Constitution.
From 2011 – 16, he was the creator, host, and producer of two nationally syndicated TV programs: Acronym TV and The Resistance Report, each produced as part of the Young Turks Network and distributed by Free Speech TV— a national, independent news network available in 40 million homes.
Acronym TV re-launched in July 2020.
Dennis is on the faculty at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he teaches acting in both the B.F.A. and M.F.A. programs.
He holds an MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Also a playwright, he has had two plays produced off-off-Broadway: Plug and I Coulda Been A Kennedy. He is currently at work on a solo piece, Manifest Destiny’s Child.
Selected acting credits include Merchant of Venice (Actors’ Shakespeare Project) Straight White Men and Picasso at the Lapin Agile (New Repertory Theatre); In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play (SpeakEasy Stage); The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Gloucester Stage); The Pain and the Itch (Company One); The Rainmaker (Foothills Theatre); November (Lyric Stage); The Sea Gull (The Publick). In NYC, he has performed at Soho Rep, The Flea, The Kraine Theatre
Dennis was a founding co-Artistic Director of the New York-based Rude Mechanicals Theater Company, a position he held from 1998-2001. For the Rude Mechanicals, he acted in Plug (world premiere, also wrote) and A Winter’s Tale, wrote I Coulda Been a Kennedy (world premiere), produced Vlacav Havel’s Largo Desolato, and Samuel Beckett’s Endgame and directed A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Additional theater directing credits include Charles L. Mee’s Trojan Women: A Love Story at Stonehill College (“Striking Ensemble Award” at the North East Regional Kennedy Center, American College Theatre Festival competition), The Classics! series (National Tour) for Chamber Theater Productions, and over a dozen additional directing credits in academic settings.
From January 2015- September 2015 he served as Communications Director for Jill Stein for President. He returned to the campaign as an independent contractor in July 2016-November 2016 to produce several TV commercials and dozens of short-form video for the campaign’s social media platforms.
Between 2007-2009, he published and appeared on camera under the alias “Davis Fleetwood” and while doing so was an embedded YouTube personality/media advisor on the staff of Dennis Kucinich’s 2008 presidential campaign, earning the historical footnote as the first video blogger to be hired by a Presidential Campaign.