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

I’m teaching July 7-12th deep play practices as part of Life.Art.Being Integrative Arts Festival

Festival Schedule 

The festival is an accessible and delightful week of devoting to what we love most — the wise earth, presence, embodiment, & authentic expression. Called”integrative arts” because these practices bring our whole self into the room and into greater integrity on the level of body/mind as well as spiritually & socially.982140_orig-1

Please join me for a Staged Reading of “Colored Girls” at PCS


A staged reading directed by Jerry Foster
Monday, June 16, 7:00pm

Portland Center Stage’s
Ellyn Bye Studio Theater
128 NW Eleventh Ave

Tickets $5.00

With: Skeeter Green, Shalanda Sims, S. Renee Mitchell, Shelley Matthews, Damaris Webb, Ashley Williams & Kristin Robinson.

Stay for the post reading panel, “Love, Laughter, Liquor and the Lord: How We Made It Over” – a conversation on the health and being of women and girls of color, facilitated by: Crystal Roberts, J.D., Urban League Young Professional – Community Outreach Executive Committee Chair

PassinArt Theater Company, Project1VOICE and Portland Center Stage present this staged reading in partnership with the Portland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals.

My Walk Has Never Been Average – staged reading

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Back by popular demand My Walk Has Never Been Average written by Roberta Hunte and Bonnie Ratner, directed by Catherine Ming T’ien Duffly, will return to the stage on June 7th at Self Enhancement, Inc. The performance is followed by a community forum sponsored in part by Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program. The performance is presented by the August Wilson Red Door Project and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. 

See the full press release at:


The Box Marked Black back by popular demand!

The Box Marked BlackFriday, May 30 @7:00pm
at Cerimon House
5131 NE 23rd Avenue
(one block north of Alberta)

Suggested donation $20/ sliding scale at the door

Come to the beach and practice forms of deep play

I am teaching a Deep Play Workshop at Manzanita’s Center for the Contemplative Arts on Saturday, April 19, 1 – 4 pm. If you would like to know more about the practice of Deep Play, please visit my webpage on workshops for the performer.


Three Performances of The Box Marked Black this week!

The Box Marked BlackRead about This week’s Box Marked Black performance times & locations!

Sunday, Feb. 23rd at 2pm – North Portland Library

Monday, Feb. 24th at 11:30 – PCC Cascade Campus

Wednesday, Feb. 26th at 7:00pm –The Little Church Presented by The Cerimon House

Join American King Umps playwright for a talk-back

American King Umps is back on the boards with it’s closing week and live talk-back with the playwright, Don Wilson Glenn, after our final matinee.

Final shows:
Thursday 2/13 at 7p
Friday 2/14 at 7p
Saturday 2/15 at 3p (ASL interpreted)
Saturday 2/15 at 7p
Sunday 2/16 at 3p followed by a talk-back with the playwright!


A Midsummer Nights Melodrama on the Tragedy of Slavery

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A new play by Don Wilson Glenn, directed by Jaye Austin Williams.

Presented by Damaris Webb in association with PassinArt
funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Willamette Week chooses American King Umps as a Fertile Ground pick!
Listento our director being interviewed by KBOO’s Dmae Roberts, Producer/Host of Stage and Studio along with Nicole Lane of The Fertile Ground Festival & Bruce Livingston of PlayWrite, Inc.The Oregonian chooses American King Umps as a Fertile Ground Pick!

January 30th – February 16th

  • 1/30 – 2/2: Thur, Fri, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm
  • 2/6 – 2/9:Thur, Fri, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm
  • 2/13 – 2/16:Thur, Fri, Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm

and added Sat 2/15 3pm ASL performance playing at Ethos/IFCC as part of The Fertile Ground Festival.
5340 N Interstate Avenue

Set during the Civil War on the King Cotton Plantation in West Texas, the story of American King Umps begins as the Master of the Plantation, fearing the oncoming of the Union Army, sells his large holding of slaves and and sets fire to the cotton fields. In the Master’s absence the slaves are left both to govern themselves, and define their own identities.King Umps is high comedy and satire from beginning to end, a mash up of Gone With the Wind and Comedy of Errors meets Roots.

Incorporating the playwrights Great-Great-Grandfathers stories of slavery with mistaken identities, vaudeville and farce, this celebration of Juneteenth allows us, through humor, a deeper journey into the tragedy of slavery and a chance to reflect on how this chapter of the American Experience continues to impact us today.

Tickets are $20 general, $10 students/seniors, and are available at the door for cash purchase 30 minutes before curtain, or in advance at brownpapertickets.

with: Kenneth Dembo, Jennifer Lanier, Kourtney Newell, Paul Susi, Harold Warren and Damaris Webb

design: Lara Klingeman and Wanda Walden

Production Stage Manager: Nathan Brauner

photo credit: Lara Klingeman

Performances are ADA accessible.

Box Marked Black at Cherry Lane in NYC

The Box Marked Black

Join me Thursday November 7th for an excerpt of The Box Marked Black as part of the All For One Festival Salon at The Cherry Lane Theater in NYC. 38 Commerce Street. Free!

see me in 12th Night of the Living Dead

12nightCome see me eat flesh off the coast of Illyria!

12th Night of The Living Dead runs Friday 10/16 – Thursday 10/31, all shows are at 7:30. The director refers to the show as a low budget, old school, campy haunted house production, and that’s about right. An homage to the zombie film genre and pretty decent Shakespeare as well!

Performances are at The Venetian Theatre, located at 253 E. Main Street, Hillsboro, OR 97123.  Show time is less than one hour.

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