I am a founding co-Artistic Director of PearlDamour, an OBIE-winning interdisciplinary performance-making company I share with playwright Lisa D’Amour. I co-author, direct, and sometimes perform in PearlDamour works. Since our first project in 1997 in a grove of trees on the side of a busy street in Austin, TX, PearlDamour has created 18 experimental performance works in cities across the country. Our work lives between theater, art, and installation, and invites audiences into landscapes that are as hospitable as they are unfamiliar. Here’s a sampler of some of our past projects, including excerpts from Bird Eye Blue Print, Terrible Things, LIMO, SLABBER, and our 2003 OBIE-winning Nita & Zita. Below that you can read about some of our current projects, or visit the PearlDamour website for more on PearlDamour.
MILTON is a multi-year performance and community engagement project in 5 small towns named Milton around the country, activated in collaboration with Ashley Sparks. You can watch a trailer from our premiere performance in Milton, NC here– the show is our response to the complexity we found visiting the Miltons, and the experiences we had there. Video and design by Jim Findlay and Peter Ksander, with sound design and composition by Brendan Connelly. Performed by Helga Davis, Mike Shapiro, and Vella Lovell.
See more on the engagement aspect of Milton here, and our Milton installations here.
how to build a forest
An empty stage. An entire forest. Eight hours. GO.
A performance installation co-created with visual artist Shawn Hall. A 7-member build team obsessively constructs and then removes an exquisite, hand-made forest over the course of eight hours. Audiences come and go throughout. Watch this time-lapse video to get a sense of it. Originally a commission from the Kitchen Theater in NYC (2010 premiere) and supported by grants from Creative Capital and the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP), How to Build a Forest was developed in its home town of New Orleans and via residencies at Appalachia State University and Hampshire College. It has toured to Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Brown University (a nice article about that show here), and the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans.