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Lisa D’Amour

Lisa D’Amour is a playwright, educator, and interdisciplinary collaborator from New Orleans. She grew up in a world of ritual, activism, group spectacle and care, all of which continue to thrive in her work. Her theater company PearlDamour makes interdisciplinary, often site-specific works ranging from intimate to large scale. Recent work includes Milton, a performance and community engagement experiment rooted in five U.S. towns named Milton, and How to Build a Forest, an 8-hour performance installation created with visual artist Shawn Hall. Lisa’s plays have been produced by theaters across the country, from Manhattan Theater Club’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater on Broadway to beautiful 30-seat black boxes in Oretha Castle Haley in New Orleans. Her play Detroit was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, and she is the recipient of an Alpert Award for the Arts, a Steinberg Playwright Award, and a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.