Damion A. Parran

Damion A. Parran (Managing Director) joined Passage Theatre as its first Managing Director in 2014. Now in his sixth season, he has co-produced close to 20 productions. Prior to joining Passage, Mr. Parran served as the Regional Arts Manager for Washington D.C.’s Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. While there he managed programs at 17 club sites between the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2009, he was awarded a nine-month fellowship in Arts Administration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. During his time at the Kennedy Center, he received professional development from the center’s world-class staff while providing administrative support in the development, young audiences, and marketing departments.

Mr. Parran received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Management from California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts). During his 14 years in Los Angeles, CA, he spent three of those years as an ensemble member and administrator for Cornerstone Theatre Company, where he learned best practices for building bridges between diverse communities. He also worked with Center Theatre Group as a coordinator for its new play development laboratories and its Performing for Los Angeles’ Youth Programs. Before returning to Washington, DC, in 2009, Mr. Parran served for five seasons as the Managing Director of Watts Village Theatre located in South Central Los Angeles. Similar to his work at Passage Theatre Company, he co-produced the organization’s new plays while fundraising and managing its daily business activities.

He has served as a volunteer on various boards and committees. He is currently a member of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s (NJTA) Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee as the Alliance looks to increase diversity across its membership. He also served for three years as the Treasurer for the River East Emerging Leaders (r.e.e.l.) in Washington, DC, where he was instrumental in establishing the organization’s 501c3.

Mr. Parran developed his passion for theatre and community artmaking as an acting student at Duke Ellington School of the Arts, a performing arts high school, located in Washington, DC.