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

August 2- 4: teaching deep play practices as part of the life.art.being festival

Life.Art.Being2017Deep Play Practices: an urban retreat for the art tribe
As part of the life.art.being festival with Damaris Webb 

Wednesday August 2nd – Friday August 4th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
Be Space @ Vibrant Studios, 1532 SW Jefferson Street

Day One: The Four Postures of Mindfulness & Little Disciplines/parallel play Day Two: solo forms/contemplative dance practice Day Three: Red Square

Uncover a refreshing and holistic approach to arriving and becoming present within ‘the village’, rooted in contemplative awareness practices and the postmodern improvisational dance lineage.

Open to all humans interested in creative physical expression, this workshop is intended to support a wholesome way of being an artist in the world while strengthening our internal compositional eye, and is complementary to many styles of performance training. Yielding to deep play, we evoke our individual kinesthetic delight with an awareness of the group, showing us a path to manifesting spacious, confident and balanced improvisational expression.


May 26-June 4th: directing & performing as part of the 2017 Vanport Mosaic Festival

HerculesSquashCastCreditAntonioHarrisHERCULES DIDN’T WADE IN THE WATER
by Michael A Jones, directed by Damaris Webb
by Don W Glenn directed by Jocelyn Seid

Offered as part of the 2017 Vanport Mosaic Festival, May 26 – 29.
Staged readings of two new one-act plays about the American Dream, displacement & Hurricane Katrina from the African American perspective.

Six Public Performances:
The Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center 5340 N Interstate Ave

Friday 5/26 @ 7pm, Saturday 5/27 7pm, Sunday 5/28 2pm
Friday 6/2 7pm, Saturday 6/3 7pm, Sunday 6/4 2pm
* curated post show conversation following Sunday 5/28 matinee

Run time 2hrs 30 minutes with one intermission, the box office at IFCC opens one hour before curtain.

with: La’Tevin Alexander, Anthony Armstrong, Arlena Barnes, Kenneth Dembo, Jasper Howard, Eric Island, Rickey Junior, Anya Pearson*, Seth Rue*, Andrea Vernae & Damaris Webb.  Stage Management: Jory Bowers* & Judith Yeckel, Costume Design: Wanda Walden, Technical Direction: Lara A. Klingeman * Courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Admission: Sliding scale $5-$25. Please visit the Surge of Social Change exhibit running in tandem with this performance.
Tickets at www.vanportmosaic.org.

The Vanport Mosaic is a collective of artists, historians, educators and media makers seeking to engage the public in remembering the silenced histories of the Pacific Northwest to better understand our present.

Artistic Directors: Laura Lo Forti and Damaris Webb www.vanportmosaic.org


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

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