Dámaso Rodríguez

Artistic Director

Dámaso Rodríguez is in his seventh season as Artistic Director of Artists Repertory Theatre (ART).  He is a Co-Founder of L.A.'s Furious Theatre, where he served as Co-Artistic Director from 2001-2012.  From 2007-2010 he served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. His directing credits include work at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, A Noise Within, The Playwrights' Center, The Theatre@Boston Court, Odyssey Theatre, The New Harmony Project, New Dramatists, and Furious Theatre. Dámaso is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Back Stage Garland Award, the NAACP Theatre Award, and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. His productions have been recognized by the Portland Area Musical Theatre Awards, LA Weekly, Stage Scene LA, and the Los Angeles Stage Alliance. In 2010, Furious Theatre Company was named to LA Weekly's list of "Best Theatres of the Decade." In 2012, he was honored as a Finalist for the Zelda Fichandler Award by the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation. In 2014 he was named a Knowledge Universe Rising Star by Portland Monthly.  Dámaso is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). www.damasorodriguez.com

Directing credits: Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the World Premiere of We, the Invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton for the Humana Festival of New American Plays, Kings by Sarah Burgess at South Coast Repertory, the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Wolf Play by Hansol Jung, the World Premiere of Magellanica by E.M. Lewis, the World Premiere musical Cuba Libre by Carlos Lacámara, featuring the three-time Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre, Portland premieres of The Humans by Stephen Karam, An Octoroon (co-directed with Lava Alapai) and Everybody (co-directed with Jessica Wallenfels) by Branden Jacobs-JenkinsTribes by Nina Raine, The Liar by David Ives, Exiles by Carlos LacámaraTrevor by Nick Jones, The Big Meal  by Dan LeFrancFeathers & Teeth by Charise Castro Smith, the U.S. premiere of Foxfinder by Dawn King, revivals of The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, and The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge at ART; The Heiress (starring Richard Chamberlain) by Ruth & Augustus Goetz, The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (starring Kelly McGillis), Orson’s Shadow by Austin Pendleton (starring Sharon Lawrence), and the workshop of Ellen Simon's Aunt Stossie's Coming for Five Days (starring Marsha Mason & Mary Steenburgen) at the Pasadena Playhouse; Paradise Lost by Clifford Odets at Intiman Theatre; Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit, Tennessee Williams’ The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms, and Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma at A Noise Within. Among nearly 20 production for Furious Theatre, credits include the Los Angeles premieres of Grace by Craig Wright, Hunter Gatherers Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, The Pain and the Itch by Bruce Norris, Back of the Throat by Yussef El Guindi, and the world premieres of Canned Peaches in Syrup by Alex Jones, An Impending Rupture of the Belly and No Good Deed by Matt Pelfrey.

Current directing projects: Mi Cuba by Caridad Svich, in development with composer Alfredo Rodríguez and dancer-choreographer Lorena Feijóo,  at the American Conservatory Theater, ART’s upcoming productions of La Ruta by Isaac Gomez and The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart by David Greig (Co-directed with Luan Schooler).