Dámaso Rodríguez

Artistic Director

Dámaso Rodríguez is in his sixth season as Artistic Director of Artists Rep. 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, where he directed main stage productions and oversaw programming for the Playhouse’s second stage, including its Hothouse New Play Development Program. His directing credits include work at the Pasadena Playhouse, Intiman Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Laguna Playhouse, A Noise Within, The Playwrights’ Center, The Theatre@Boston Court, Odyssey Theatre, The Blank Theatre, The Road Theatre, The Zephyr Theatre and Furious Theatre.

Directing credits: The World Premiere of Magellanica by E.M. Lewis, World Premiere musical Cuba Libre by Carlos Lacámara featuring the 3-time Grammy nominated band Tiempo Libre, The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder, The Miracle Worker by William Gibson, Portland premieres of Stephen Karam’s The Humans, Nina Raine’s Tribes and David Ives’ The Liar, the Northwest premieres of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ An Octoroon (co-director), Carlos Lacamara’s Exiles and Nick Jones’ Trevor, the West Coast premieres of Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal and Charise Castro Smith’s Feathers and Teeth, the U.S. premiere of Dawn King’s Foxfinder in Portland at Artists Rep; Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Ruth and Augustus Goetz’ The Heiress (starring Richard Chamberlain), Lillian Hellman’s The Little Foxes (starring Kelly McGillis), Austin Pendleton’s Orson’s Shadow (starring Sharon Lawrence) and the reading of Ellen Simon’s Aunt Stossie’s Coming for Five Days (starring Marsha Mason and Mary Steenburgen) at the Pasadena Playhouse; the reading of Steven Drukman’s The Prince of Atlantis for the Pacific Playwrights Festival at South Coast Repertory, Clifford Odets’ Paradise Lost 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, Bernard Shaw’s The Doctor’s Dilemma at A Noise Within. Furious Theatre credits include the Los Angeles premieres of Craig Wright’s Grace, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Boom and Hunter Gatherers, Bruce Norris’ The Pain and the Itch, Yussef El Guindi’s Back of the Throat, Richard Bean’s The God Botherers, Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, and the World Premieres of Alex Jones’ Canned Peaches in Syrup and Matt Pelfrey’s An Impending Rupture of the Belly and No Good Deed, among others.

Upcoming directing projects: Mi Cuba (in development) by Caridad Svich at the American Conservatory Theatre; we, the invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton at the Humana Festival of New American Plays.

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. 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. In 2014 he was named a Knowledge Universe Rising Star. He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. www.damaso-rodriguez.com