More About Damaris
As Artistic Director of The Tennessee Project I was responsible for over ten seasons of original and pre-scripted works that explored everything from shakespeare to comic book superheroes.
My formal training includes Psychophysical Acting (Steve Wangh, Kevin Khulke), Viewpoints Practice (Wendell Beavers, Mary Overlie), Roy Hart Vocal Technique (Jonathan Hart, Ethelyn Friend), Contemplative Dance Practice (Barbara Dilley), and Self-Scripting and Play Making with Leeny Sak, Leigh Fondakowski and Peggy Pettitt.
I was responsible for the longest running Zombie Walk in NYC, co-founded Portland’s Solstice Starlight Parade (a grassroots parade happening), and was often seen dancing around NYC with The Modern Dance Awareness Society. I am also a black belt of Mkeka-Do Karate/Kickboxing.
I am currently responsible for the longest running Zombie Walk in NYC and can often be seen dancing around town with The Modern Dance Awareness Society. I am also a black belt of Mkeka-Do Karate/Kickboxing.
As a theater maker, I believe in the power of the ensemble, in a non-hierarchal approach to theater making, and in acts of graciousness and generosity.
My approach to creating work is physically based, Brechtian, and deconstructionist. Through varied post-modern composition techniques, improvisation and awareness practices I draw inspiration from the spaces between and look for the edge of not knowing while using everything.
I value collaborative creation, rigor and transparency in process and product. I trust in the exchange between audience and performance and it’s power to educate and evoke questions of oneself, one’s society and the nature of things.
I look to cultivate a culture of abundance and the sweet joys of the lonely artist’s life. I believe creativity is not rearranging; it is transformation.