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 general, thoracic and vascular surgery for twenty years and also held an academic appointment as Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Dr. Law’s career in entertainment started with the production of Warriors of Virtue in 1996, a US$30 million 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 Law Brothers Chinese Performing Arts International in Beijing.
Dr. Law has written, produced and directed a large number of important musical theater productions including Of Heaven & Hearth, Terracotta Warriors, Senses, Heartbeat, Tang Concubines, Phoenixia, Heartbeat Hawaii, Monkey King and Senses-Las Vegas Ed. & Terracotta Warriors 3D. These works 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 Dora nominations and three Dora awards. 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 won the Best Foreign Language Film Award at the Korean International 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, and in 2015, another world’s first was accomplished when this musical was successfully shot and produced into the first 3D Blue-Ray DVD of a live 3D show.
Ode to Nature, a new “theatrical symphonic poem”, was Dr. Law and Sight, Sound & Action newest production in 2016. This revolutionary piece of musical theater became the first production of a Total Music concept where an orchestra performance involved dance, vocalists, costume designs and scenic art direction to immersively impact all the senses of the audience. In the fall of 2017, the Dennis K. Law Foundation funded the launch of the Joseph & Loretta Law Institute for Arts and Technology and also founded the Denver International Festival of Arts & Technology (DIFAT).
Dr. Law is now the Director of the Law Institute of Arts and Technology and the Chairman of DIFAT.