Lisa D'Amour


Performing Arts, 2009

D’Amour is a playwright and interdisciplinary artist. Her plays have been commissioned and produced by theaters across the country, including The Women’s Project, Playwrights’ Horizons, Clubbed Thumb (all in NYC), Children’s Theater Company (Minneapolis), Steppenwolf Theater Company (Chicago), ArtSpot Productions (New Orleans) and the Royal National Theater (London). Her recent play Detroit, a dark comedy that follows two suburban couples facing economic uncertainty, won a 2013 OBIE Award for Best New American Play and was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Lisa is a 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Fellow and has also received an Alpert Award for the Arts in Theatre and the Steinberg Playwright Award. For 15 years, she has been one half of the OBIE-Award winning performance duo PearlDamour known both for large-scale performances that mix theatre and installation such as How to Build a Forest (premiered at The Kitchen, 2011), a performance in which a simulated forest is assembled and disassembled on stage for over 8 hours; and more intimate performances designed for small audiences such as Bird Eye Blue Print (2007), created for a set of vacant offices in New York’s World Financial Center. PearlDamour is a four-time MAP Fund recipient and a 2009 Creative Capital grantee. Upcoming PearlDamour projects for 2013–14 include Lost in the Meadow, a site-specific, co-commission from People’s Light & Theatre and Longwood Gardens in Malvern, PA, which the audience experiences via headphones; and Milton, an immersive piece investigating the sky over five U.S. cities and towns named “Milton.”

Awards and Accomplishments


D'Amour receives the Doris Duke Performing Artist Award


 PearlDamour present a work in progress showing of MILTON at CUNY Grad Center, New York


D'Amour receives MAP Fund Grant


D'Amour's play Detroit is a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

2011: PearlDamour are Visiting Artists at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC


D'amour is one of two recipients of the prestigious Steinberg Playwright Award


PearlDamour receive the Lee Reynolds Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women

2010: D'Amour's new play _Detroit_ premieres at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago

2008: Lisa D'Amour receives Alpert Award in the Arts in Theater