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Damon Krometis

Damon Krometis is a theatre artist interested in promoting collective responsibility through performance. He has a MFA in Directing from Northwestern University, where he combined directing studies with research in witnessing theory. He has recently been creating site-specific and community-engaged projects around Chicago both on his own and with the Living Room Playmakers. Damon formerly founded Examined Man Theatre, a company dedicated to theatricalizing true stories. He has toured internationally with acclaimed South African director Yael Farber. He has also worked with Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Tectonic Theater Project, Red Bull Theater, and others. He now resides in Boston with his wife Jess.

Helping an Audience Collaborate with One Another
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Helping an Audience Collaborate with One Another

13 July 2016

In this installment, Damon Krometis shares his experience with garnering audience collaboration and gives tips on how to best include audience members in a performance. 

The Dissonance of An Octoroon
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The Dissonance of An Octoroon

17 April 2016

In this installment, Damon Krometis discusses the Boston premiere of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and the ways this production positioned the audience as both spectators and participants.

The Audience Position
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The Audience Position

Watching the Watchers

25 January 2016

In this installment, Damon Krometis discusses Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 and the relationship between watching and being watched for theatregoers.

Proximity and Distance—Avoiding the Grey Zone
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Proximity and Distance—Avoiding the Grey Zone

8 December 2015

In this fourth installment, Director Damon Krometis discusses the implications of spatial relationships between performers and audiences.

The Unsettling Nature of Agency
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The Unsettling Nature of Agency

17 November 2015

In the third installment of his series, Damon Krometis explores how much agency to give audiences during an interactive performance.

Establishing the Audience Contract
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Establishing the Audience Contract

31 October 2015

In the second installment of his The Audience Position series, Damon Krometis describes the unwritten contract and relationship between actors and audience members.  

The Audience Position
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The Audience Position

Introduction

21 September 2015

In the first installment of his series, Damon Krometis explains his relationship to interactive theatre and his influences.

The Audience Position
Performer playing Henry V amongst the cast and audience of Thou Proud Dream
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The Audience Position

/*-->*/ /*-->*/ This series explores the ways various artists and companies employ the tools of interactive theatre to complicate audiences’ individualized experience