Demene E. Hall, beloved sister, aunt, and friend passed away on June 27, after a brief illness.
Hall was a working actress with over 40 years of credits as a singer, actress, dancer, model, and writer. She appeared locally, nationally, and internationally in the world premieres of The Kentucky Cycleand The Snowflake Avalanche,as well as Intimate Apparel, Who Causes the Darkness,Addy: An American GirlStory,and dozens of other stage plays. She was seen onscreen in Men of Honor, Frasier,Under One Roof, The Temp,and Northern Exposure,as well as the cult classic Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. She toured internationally with performers Billy Eckstein and Barbie Benton. She was a key figure in the development of Nu Black Arts West and co-writer and co-director of Dark Divas, a tribute to Black American women singers that performed for nearly 20 years. Her final performance was this past May in Sycorax, a critically acclaimed solo performance written for Demene to perform.
Hall was born on November 4, 1949 in Saginaw Michigan, the second of four children to Helen E. (Chapman) and Edward Hall, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memory, sisters Cynthia J. Hall of Bellevue and Karen L. Hall of Los Angeles, and a nephew Douglas Leek of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Everett Clayton (Clay) Hall. Out of respect for her wishes, there will be a private event with family and close friends to honor her memory at the end of July. The Northwest theatre community is planning a party to celebrate Hall’s life in work in late summer.