Dr. Dennis Law retired from a career as a well-known surgeon in Denver, Colorado in 2001. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he practiced for twenty years and held an academic appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Law started in the field of entertainment by producing Warriors of Virtue in 1996, a US$30 million dollar budget family feature film distributed by MGM in the United States, and by Warner Brothers and Columbia Artists worldwide. In China, Dr. Law also later produced a prize-winning CCTV children’s film, Xiwa, as well as the acclaimed television series, April Rhapsody.
After the acquisition of The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts in 2002, a state-of-the-art Broadway theater in Canada, Dr. Law became the CEO and President of The Centre and its associated production company, Sight, Sound & Action. To support his unique productions of “Action-Musicals”, he founded the production company in Beijing, Law Brothers Chinese Performing Arts International. Since 2002, more than ten Action-Musicals (including Of Heaven & Hearth, Terracotta Warriors, Senses, Heartbeat, Tang Concubines, Phoenixia, Heartbeat Hawaii, Monkey King and Senses-Las Vegas Ed. & Terracotta Warriors 3D) have been performed nearly a thousand times in major venues of many cities in North America and China – a feat that is without equal in the history of Chinese performing arts. In 2005, Dr. Law was nominated for a Toronto Dora Award for Best Direction of a Musical (Heartbeat). In addition, Sight, Sound & Action garnered a total of seven nominations and three awards for three shows that were performed in Toronto. Tang Concubines won Dora Awards for Best Costume Design and Best Choreography in 2007 and Monkey King won for Best Choreography in 2010. In 2011, Monkey King became the first theatrical work ever to be produced as a 3-D high-definition large screen digital movie, and in 2012, Monkey King won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the first Korean 3D Film Festival and also the 3D Gold Award from The Prestige Film Award of California.
In 2014, Dr. Law produced and directed Terracotta Warriors 3D as the world’s first 3D theatrical stage show. In 2015, another world’ first was accomplished when Sight, Sound & Action successfully produced the first 3D Blue-Ray DVD of Terracotta Warriors, a live 3D show performed with 3D video projection.
Dr. Law produced and directed a world’s first “theatrical symphonic poem” and launched it as a world premiere at the Newman Center for Performing Arts in February 2016 in collaboration with the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Performed by the Lamont Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Golan, this unique production is being released as a Blueray DVD/CD package by Albany Records.
In 2017, Dennis Law moved the focus of his music arts productions from Beijing, China back to the United States. In his hometown of Denver, he created the Dennis Law Center of Arts and Technology and founded the annual Denver International Festival of Arts & Technology (DIFAT) and the Denny Awards International Competition for Electronic Music. In the ensuing two years, he collaborated with the University of Denver to produced DIFAT and its associated Musical theater productions, War & Peace, Kungfu Organ and Ms. Butterfly. Subsequent to this, he collaborated with the College of Arts & Media of the University of Colorado at Denver to further the cause of the Denny Awards in China in order to promote cultural arts exchange between the two competing countries.
For decades, Dr. Law has been a partner with his three younger brothers in a Denver commercial real estate ownership and management company, Global Pacific Properties. His full-time return to Denver brought about the additional of array of hospitality properties to his portfolio. He purchased and managed several luxurious vacation properties in Cabo San Lucas, Baja, Mexico and also acquired Canyon Madness Ranch in northeastern New Mexico and turned these properties into high-end rental vacation destinations as a hospitality business all the while enjoying them personally and with family.
On the side of philanthropy, Dr. Dennis Law has not only donated countless monies and resources in promoting US-China cultural exchange using multicultural music and musical theater, but also together with his three medical specialist brothers, he has donated a significant and much heralded international caliber educational auditorium to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in honor of their parents, Joseph & Loretta Law. Separately, in 2020, the Dennis & Alyssa Law Foundation made a multi-million dollars donation of Chinese antiquities to the Denver Art Museum, many pieces of which are in permanent exhibition at the newly renovated Asian Gallery.
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