Damaris Webb: Bicoastal Performer, Teaching Artist, and Theater Maker

performing “The Box Marked Black” in Boulder & Denver February 23rd – March 4th

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The Box Marked Black:
Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets! 

written and performed by Damaris Webb
directed by Debra Disbrow, dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes


8p Thursday, Feb. 23
7p Friday, Feb. 24
8p Saturday, Feb. 25
@ Boulder Creative Collective – 2500 47th Street Unit 10, Boulder, CO
join us for conversation following Saturday’s performance

7 p Thursday, Mar. 2
8p Friday, Mar. 3
7 p Saturday, Mar. 4
@ Buntport Theater – 17 Lipan St, Denver, CO

presented in repertory with Hoarded Stuff Performance’s “Practicing”

directing a staged reading of “Fishers of Hope” for Boom Arts GLOBAL VOICES LAB – February 11th


February 11, Cascade Campus, Portland Community College
Presented by Boom Arts in partnership with the Cascade Festival of African Films & the World Affairs Council of Oregon

Fishers of Hope by Lara Foot (South Africa)
Directed by Damaris Webb
Staged reading Saturday, Feb 11 at 3pm

International plays in translation offer a unique window into global perspectives. This two-weekend Lab connects visiting and local theatre directors with dynamic contemporary international plays in translation. Join us for readings and workshop performances, followed by conversations with artists and scholars, on two Portland campuses:

Post-show discussion with Prof. Elise Granek, Environmental Science, Portland State University

Lara Foot, one of South Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary playwrights, has been called the artistic heir to Athol Fugard. In this play, a community reckons with the impact of environmental degradation.

Teaching Hive-Mind at OMSI as part of their Movement in the Museum series

logoLet’s get our swarming hive-mind on!
Tuesday February 7th at 6pm


Movement in the Museum is a new class series that explores principles of science in the actions and sensations of our moving bodies. Each class kicks off with a hands-on science activity or demonstration to explore the evening’s topic, a 1-hour dance or yoga class, and a 15-minute discussion. No previous dance or yoga experience is required. Open to ages 12 and over.
Tickets: $15 (OMSI Members receive 15% off) 6pm
Species Strut: Improvisation and Dance with Damaris Webb
In this class we begin with inspiration from the insects and learn about their bodies, movements, and relationships to their natural habitats. Exploring through our bodies we’ll imagine moving through vastly different scales of shapes and sizes, with multiple limbs, and maybe even with hive mind. Come ready to laugh, play and enjoy!

Directing a staged reading of “Left Hook” as part of the 2017 Fertile Ground


Friday 1/20 @ 7:30pm,
Saturday 1/21 @ 2pm & 7:30pm,
Sunday 1/22 @ 2pm
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center – 5340 N Interstate Ave


written by Rich Rubin
directed by Damaris Webb
presented by The Vanport Mosaic
part of the 2017 Fertile Ground Festival

Admission: Pay What You Can. Suggested $10; $5 Students/Seniors
Buy tickets: fertilegroundpdx.org
Run time: 2hrs with intermission – join us for a curated conversation following the Sunday matinee.

More information at http://www.vanportmosaic.org.

La’Tevin Alexander, Anthony Armstrong, Kenneth Dembo,
Mario DePriest, Jasper Howard, Tonea Lolin & Jocelyn Seid

technical design Lara Klingeman, costume design Wanda Walden,
production stage manager Judith Yeckel

The Box Marked Black at SJCT – Friday Harbor, Washington

The Box Marked Black

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presented as part of
San Juan Community Theater’s
Off the Rock series
Friday, August 26 7:30 pm

SJCT’s Guberman Theatre – 100 Second Street
Friday Harbor, Washington


Offering Contemplative Dance Practice in Be Space’s annual Life.Art.Being Festival

July 17-23, 2016
2016 life.art.being festivalA week dedicated to
creating beauty and practicing presence with the self, the body, each other, & Earth


hosted by
Be Space and Shambhala Meditation Center

Full Festival Guide at http://be-space.org/life-art-being/

I will be offering DEEP PLAY PRACTICES: a 3-session Contemplative Dance Practice workshop
Day One: The Four Postures of Mindfulness & Little Disciplines / solo quad practice
Day Two: Corridors / contemplative dance practice
Day Three: Red Square / contemplative dance practice


The Box Marked Black at Rose City Presbyterian Church

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Presented by
The Presbyterian Church General Assembly

The Box Marked Black:
Tales from a Halfrican-American growing up Mulatto. With sock puppets!


Wednesday, June 22nd, 2:30pm
Rose City Presbyterian Church
1907 NE 45th Ave, Portland 97213

$15 general admission TICKETS AT THE DOOR ONLY

written and performed by Damaris Webb,
directed by Debra Disbrow, dramaturgy by Ashley Hughes
technical direction by Lara Klingeman

Cottonwood in the Flood

CottonwoodInTheFlood:PublicDomainVMFA fully staged drama about the African American experience in 1940s Oregon and the rapid rise – – and even more rapid fall – – of the city of Vanport

Written by Rich Rubin
Directed by Damaris Webb
Produced by Don Glenn & Damaris Webb

as part of the Inaugural 2016 Vanport Mosaic Festival
12 Public Performances:
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
5340 N Interstate Ave 

May 26th – June 12th
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30p; Sundays at 3p

Run time: 2hrs with intermission  – join us for talk-back panels following the Sunday matinees

Tickets available through BoxOfficeTickets.com,

or at the IFCC box office day of performance.

$10-$25, general admission; $5, students and seniors

The Box Office at IFCC will be open one half hour before curtain, as will the upstairs gallery exhibit: The Surge of Social Change, curated by Oregon Black Pioneers.

Co-winner, 2012 Fratti-Newman Political Play Contest (Castillo Theatre, New York) & Finalist, 2012 JAW Festival (Portland Center Stage), staged reading performing to sold-out houses in the 2015 Fertile Ground Festival. More information at www.vanportmosaic.org.

Anthony Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, Joe Gibson, S. Renee Mitchell,
Theresa Park, Josiah Phillips, Seth Rue & Jocelyn Seid

technical design by Lara Klingeman, costume design Wanda Walden,
production stage manager Judith Yeckel

This production is made possible by generous support from 
The Regional Arts & Culture Council, Ronni Lacroute/Willakenzie Estate, The Multnomah County Cultural Coalition & The Oregon Cultural Trust, The Vanport Mosaic Festival, Portland Parks & Recreation, and The Oregon Heritage Commission

performing in “Deception” as part of the 2016 Fertile Ground


Winner of Portland Civic Theatre Guild’s 2014 playwriting prize, “Deception” by Portland Playwright Nancy Moss tells the story of Anne Winter (Damaris Webb), a young biracial woman who in 1880’s Portland, a single African American woman business owner who is passing as white. When her half-brother Caleb (Joseph Gibson) comes to Portland, he threatens to expose her secret unless she gets him into a high stakes poker game. 

Moss has crafted a love story between Anne and Conrad Ryan (Spencer Baylis Conway), an entrepreneur. Deception also shines a light with historical accuracy on Oregon’s exclusion laws and describes a pivotal time in Portland businessmen pinned high hopes on a railroad that would connect the city to the world at large

By Nancy Moss
A staged reading directed by Dmae Roberts

Cast: Damaris Webb, Spencer Conway, Joseph Gibson, Amy Newman, Gary Brickner-Schulz and Wynee Hu.

 January 28 at 7:30, January 29 at 7:30 and 31 at 2:00 pm.
Lincoln Hall at Portland State University
1825 SW Broadway

Tickets: $15; $5 student tickets for 1/28
To Purchase Tickets:
• Online at: box-office tickets 
• Or call: 503-725-3307
Part of the Fertile Ground Festival
(Show is appropriate for ages 8+)

performing Ophelia in Oblivion as part of the 2016 Fertile Ground

Ophelia in OblivionTwysted Healing Systahs presents Ophelia in Oblivion – the latest ingenious offering of Creative Revolutionist S. Renee Mitchell – as part of the annual Fertile Ground Festival of New Works. This world premiere staged reading is designed to make you think, laugh, wonder and question – with a bombshell ending that will take you by surprise.

The contextual layers of this drama touch on family dysfunction, multigenerational secrets, the heavy burden of private guilt, the healing power of love, the gift of forgiveness and a reminder that we can never fully anticipate the ways in which karma can sneak up and kick us in the ass.

Friday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 23 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan, 24, 2:30 p.m.

Celebration Tabernacle Church, 8131 N. Denver Ave


* Skeeter Greene as “Ophelia”
* Damaris Webb as “Justice”

* Jacque Dixon as “Chapita”
* Director: Bobby Bemea
* Stage manager: Judith Yeckel
* Tech manager: Lara Klingeman

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