Magellanica, photo by Russell J. Young

"Dámaso Rodríguez's relentlessly paced staging builds suspense with the visceral engagement of a cinematic thriller"

- Los Angeles Times

Dámaso Rodríguez is in his fifth season as Artistic Director of Artists Repertory Theatre, Portland's longest-running professional theatre company, which became a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT) under his leadership.  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, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, 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.

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 by the Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation. In 2014 he was named a Knowledge Universe Rising Star by Portland Monthly.  He is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Current directing projects: We, the Invisibles by Susan Soon He Stanton for the Humana Festival of New American Plays; Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Mi Cuba (in development) by Caridad Svich at the American Conservatory Theater.

Directing credits: the 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, The Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge, the World Premiere of Magellanica by E.M. Lewis at Artists Rep, Portland premieres of The Humans by Stephen Karam, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' An Octoroon, Nina Raine's Tribes and David Ives' The Liar, the Northwest premieres of Carlos Lacamara's Exiles and Nick Jones' Trevorthe west coast premieres of Dan LeFranc's The Big Meal and Charise Castro Smith's Feathers & Teeth, the U.S. premiere of Dawn King's Foxfinder at Artists Rep; Ruth & 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 & 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.

His film directing credits include the darkly comic feature Pure Shock Value, which was selected as the Centerpiece Film of the Hollywood Fringe Festival, and episodes of the web series A G.A.N.G. by screenwriter Matt Pelfrey (MTV’s Skins).