Barbara Damashek has worked extensively in the American regional theater as a director, composer-lyricist and writer. Local credits include the American premiere of Silence at the Magic Theatre and The Cherry Orchard at A.C.T. Her original plays include Whereabouts Unknown (Susan Smith Blackburn Finalist) and Two Suitcases. She is perhaps best known nationally for her musical Quilters, developed at the Denver Center, for which she received three Tony Nominations (Best Director, Best Book and Best Original Score). She has directed this work additionally at the Edinburgh Festival, The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum and the Jack Lawrence Theatre in New York. Other directing credits include works at Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and South Coast Repertory. She has also worked at Syracuse Stage, where she directed The Dybbuk. Ms. Damashek has worked with the Berkeley Repetory Theater where she has directed Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco and John Guare’s House of Blue Leaves.
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