Damian Gillen

Managing Artistic Director

Biography

Damian is an award winning, classically-trained, Shakespearean actor who graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a B.F.A. in Theatre. He then spent 2 years working with Fort Worth's Shakespeare-in-the-Park,  which included 2 national tours.  Favorite roles include playing Jaques & Touchstone in the same challenging production of As You Like It, Playing Puck in two different simulteanous productions of Midsummer Nights Dream and Benedick in Much Ado.  In the summer of 1992 he was hired by the Austin Shakespeare Festival, performing in A Midsummer Nights Dream (and ended up staying for 13 years!)  He spent many years in Austin working closely with the Austin Shakespeare Festival.

In 1993, Damian founded The Company Theatrical Productions, where he directed the Texas Premiere of Aaron Sorkins A FEW GOOD MEN. The show received such critical acclaim during its four week run, that it was revived later that year for another three weeks and earned THE COMPANY many accolades, including a B. IDEN PAYNE AWARD nomination for Outstanding Production of a Drama (not bad for a 1st-time director.)

He has acted or directed in every production of The Company since its inception and has been nominated many times for acting and directing but received his 1st B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Actor for his performance as Edward, in Edward & The Calico Cat, produced by Pollyanna Theatre Company.

Damian was Actor & Company Manager for Zachary Scott Theatre Centers Project Interact, touring/performing for 5 years to over 250,000 children throughout Texas!  He has worked in or on stage with just about every stage in Austin, TX,  in addition to touring to many theatres throughout Texas.  He now has his sights set on San Antonio!

RESUME: (abbreviated)

2007

  • Bah Humbug 5th annual Texas Tour!
  • Charlottes Web -Wilbur- Touring
  • The Nerd - Rick Stedman -Columbus & San Antonio
  • "Art" -Marc- Columbus & San Antonio

 

2006

  • BAH HUMBUG! 4th Annual TX Tour
  • The Foreigner - Ellerd - The Company
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Dircetor, San Antonio & Columbus, TX 
  • The Parables - March-October, 2006
  • Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe - The Company Theatre

2005

  • BAH HUMBUG!  3rd Anual Texas Tour
  • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe -Ensemble -  Second Youth Family Theatre.
  • Matthew - Narrator/Ensemble - Hope Arts & Ragamuffin Theatre Company
  • Social Security - The Company Theatre
  • Play It Again, Sam - Allan Felix - The Company Theatre

2004

  • BAH HUMBUG! - 2nd Annual Texas Tour
  • Come Blow Your Horn - Buddy  Stafford Opera House, Columbus Tx.
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Hyde Park Theatre

2003

  • Bah Humbug - A One-Man Christmas Carol - ZACH SCOTT & The Company
  • Winnie The Pooh & Me & You - Where he played Piglet, Rabbit, Owl & Tigger - ZACH SCOTT
  • As You Like It -Another acting milestone: playing both Jaques & Touchstone in the same production- ZACH SCOTT- 2003
  • Henry V - Macmorris - AUstin Shakespeare Festival

2002

  • A Midsummer Nights Dream - Bottom - ACC
  • Edward, the Owl & The Calico Cat  -**(Received B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actor)
  • Twelfth Night - Fabian - Austin Shakespeare Festival - 2002
    Boomtown - Frank - The Company, Theatrical Productions 
    (Nominated for B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama)
  • Come Blow Your Horn - Buddy - The Company Theatre - 2004
  • Midsummer Nights Dream - Peter Quince - ASF
  • Liquid Princesses - ASW 10 minute play festival:
  • Inside a Woman
  • Isle 17b
  • Everybody Goes Home a Winner, FronteraFest, Ellie MacBride Directing
  • Rumplestilskins' Daughter - Premiere Ensemble Cast
  • Like Mother Used To Make - Fronterafest
  • Sakura Wars - V.O. Gary/Train Station attendant - TV/DVDJapanese Anime series.

2001

  • The Tempest - Trinculo - The State Theatre/Austin Theatre Alliance
  • Arsenic & Old Lace (X2) - (Aunt Martha once, Mortimer Brewster once)
  • MIdsummer Nights Dream Bottom - ACC Guest Artist
  • LOGOS - ZACH SCOTT
    Le Petomane - Vincent Van Gogh - Frontera Fest
    Going Public - ZACH SCOTT- Ann Cicolella, Directing 


2000

  • A Midsummer Nights Dream - ZACH & ASF - Playing the role of Puck in simutaneous, runs!
  • How The Other Half Loves -The Company Theatre
  • That Championship Season - The Comapny & Onstage
  • Degas Little Dancer - Edgar Degas
  • LUV - Milt - Stafford Opera House

1999:

  • My Three Angels - Joseph
  • Blithe Spirit - Director - (Nominated for B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Direction of a Comedy)
  • As You Like It - Orlando - ASF
  • Twelfth Night - Sebastien -  FWSTIP
  • Othello - Roderigo - FWSTIP
  • Harvey - Dr. Sanderson - Onstage

Prior to 1998

  • A Christmas Carol - Director - Onstage Theatre Company
  • Hound of the Baskervilles - John Stapleton
  • Radio Scrooge - The Company Theatre
  • True West - Sol
  • Suburbia - Jeff -The Company
  • Harvey - Omar Gaffney - Onstage
  • Bell, Book & Candle - Nicky
  • Sylvia
  • Talk Radio - Kent
  • Barefoot In the Park - Paul
  • The Cherry Orchard - Stranger/Station Master
  • The Miser - Anselme
  • Much Ado About Nothing - Dogberry -ASF
  • Dates Without Chicks - Narator
  • The Odd Couple - Felix - The Company
  • Orphans - Phillip - The Company
  • Search & Destroy - Roger
  • Rope - Phillip - The Company, Theatrical Productions 
    (Nominated for B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama)
  • A Few Good Men - Director - The Company, Theatrical Productions (Nominated for B. Iden Payne Award for Outstanding Drama)
  • Black Comedy - Brindsley
  • Midsummer Nights Dream - Snout/Wall - ASF
  • A Christmas Carol - 2 National Tours - FWSTIP
  • Romeo & Juliet - Peter - FWSITP
  • Merry Wives
  • Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - SWTSU -  Potifar