Born in Miami, Florida, Dámaso Rodríguez has worked as a producer, director, educator, and arts administrator at theaters and universities across the country. Along with more than 100 production credits, he brings over 20 years of experience as an arts leader, from start-up organization to venerable institution. He is a vice president of Arts Consulting Group, where he works with arts and culture organizations around the country. Clients include: Berkeley Rep, Boston Court Pasadena, the Central Oregon Center for the Arts, the Guthrie Theatre, Long Wharf Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre, Missoula Children's Theatre, Ojai Playwrights Conference, Pegasus Theatre, the Public Theatre of San Antonio, Soho Rep, and TheatreWorks Silicon Valley.
Rodríguez spent nine seasons as Artistic Director of Artists Rep, Portland, Oregon's longest-running professional theatre, where he established new artistic programs and guided the 40-year old organization through many periods of transition, including the property sale and facilities planning process for a $32mil redevelopment of the theatre’s downtown home. During his tenure, Artists Rep joined the League of Resident Theaters (LORT) and produced more than 60 productions. Artistic programming highlights include: the establishment of a new works development program; the organizational residency and resource-sharing program known as ArtsHub; the creation of a resident artists program involving nearly 40 artists across theatrical disciplines; and the pandemic pivot to digital productions such as audio dramas and short films. In the 2022-23 theatre season, three plays developed during his tenure will be produced around the country: The Thanksgiving Play by Larissa FastHorse (Broadway 2023), Wolf Play by Hansol Jung (Off-Broadway 2023), American Fast by Kareem Fahmy (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere 2023).
Rodríguez is a Co-Founder of Los Angeles' Furious Theatre (called “one of the fastest-rising ensembles in L.A. stage history” by LA Stage Magazine), where he spent 11 years as Co-Artistic Director. He has also served as Associate Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. Rodríguez has produced and directed a broad range of new and classic plays at some the country’s most prominent regional theaters.
Along with 22 Artists Rep productions, directing credits include work at South Coast Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Seattle Rep, Intiman Theatre, A Noise Within, The Playwrights' Center, New Dramatists, The New Harmony Project, and The Theatre @ Boston Court. He is a recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, Back Stage Garland Award, NAACP Theatre Award, and Pasadena Arts Council Gold Crown Award. Rodríguez is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts, as a Theatre Communications Group Delegate to the Havana International Theatre Festival, and as a guest of Spain’s Ministry of Culture for the Ibero-American Theatre Forum (Full Bio).