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Damian Norfleet


Damian Norfleet is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed actor of stage and screen. Making his foray into musical theatre productions at opera companies, Norfleet most recently played Innkeeper/Governor in Portland Opera’s production of Man of La Mancha. Also recently, Norfleet appeared in Ogunquit Playhouse’s production of Beauty in the Beast. Additional recent engagements saw Norfleet in the role of Smith in the Drama Desk Award­-nominated production of The Threepenny Opera at Marvell Repertory Theater; was nominated for an IRNE Award for Best Actor for his performance as Coalhouse in Ragtime at Fiddlehead Theatre Company where he returned to play The Lion in The Wiz; and won an ATAC Globe award for Best Actor for his performance as Ken in Smokey Joe’s Café at Josephine Theatre in San Antonio. Additionally, he appeared as Curtis Taylor Jr. in Dreamgirls for Ivoryton Playhouse, Joe in Showboat for Lamplite Theater, and Old Deuteronomy in Cats at Ocean City Theatre. In addition to doing established stage works, Damian actively participates in workshops, including Yeast Nation (by the Tony-winning creators of Urinetown) at the Perseverance Theater, Makandal at the Guggenheim Museum Theater, Go West! (Village People musical), Casanova at AMAS Musical Theater, a new musical titled The Last Adam, and multiple new shows with the Prospect Theater Company. Mr. Norfleet appeared in the inaugural cast of After Midnight aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle.  A former resident artist of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Mr. Norfleet is also an advocate for new American operas. He recently played Frederick Douglass in the new opera Truth, and originated the role of John Tubman in Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed with The American Opera Project in New York City. On screen, Damian can be seen as the Emcee in the feature film Outliving Emily (starring Andre Braugher, Phylicia Rashad, and Olympia Dukakis) and as Edmund in the comedy series CO-Operation. Also an established concert artist, Norfleet recently sang in a concert titled “Of Freedom and Courage” with Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra, “Love in Times of Alienation” with Lehman College, and a Black Lives Matter concert for Ensemble Pi.  


Man of La Mancha
Portland Opera
Portland, OR

When Blood Ran Red (AEA Staged Reading)
Paul Robeson
National Yiddish Theatre
New York, NY

National Sawdust
Brooklyn, New York
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Winner of a Planet Connections Theatre Festivity Award!
 Nix Damian Norfleet has earned the “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical or a Play with Music” for his role as Tiny in Nix!
Emily & Tim now in theatres and available online!
 Emily & Tim – The film Emily & Tim, which features Damien Norfleet alongside actors such as Andre Braugher, Phylicia Rashad, and Olympia Dukakis, is now available to watch online and released in theatres! 
CO-OPeration nominated for an Indie Series Award!
CO-OPeration Damian Norfleet and the rest of the ensemble of “CO-OPeration” was nominated for an Indie Series Award under the ‘Best Ensemble – Comedy’ category!
Little Rock won a Barrymore Award!
Little Rock – Damian Norfleet and the rest of the ensemble of “Little Rock” won The Barrymore Award for ‘Outstanding Ensemble in a Play!’
…strong presence and powerful singing…
The Wiz “The Cowardly Lion as played by Damian Norfleet commands the stage with a strong presence and powerful singing. His diction is clear and his words can be understood (which is really one of the most important parts of performing on The Strand’s stage.) And his make-up is evocative of “The Lion King” or “Cats.” Edge Media Network
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