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These are the offices of the People who run n2t
"sit with your back to the wall and leave the doors open"

Damon Dering, Founding Artistic Director
Damon Dering is an Arizona native who’s played an active part in Phoenix theater for more than 15 years, having appeared in numerous productions across the Valley. His original play Taking Your Shirt Off For Money was selected for a staged reading by the Arizona Commission On The Arts for one of the Arizona Theater Conferences. He also wrote and acted for local cable access show TV or Not TV, which received a Rocky Mountain Emmy for best cable access production. He has worked with Phoenix Theatre, Cookie Company, Childsplay, Is What It Is Theatre, Feast of Fools Theatre, Theater Works, Artists’ Theatre Project, Tempe Little Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre. He has been named Best Director of the Year by the Arizona Republic (Equus, Shakespeare’s R&J), the East Valley Tribune (Gilgamesh) and has received an ariZoni Award for Best Director twice (Shakespeare’s R&J, 2004 and Les Liaisons Dangereuses, 2005), as well as Best Actor (The Torch Song Trilogy, 2002). He was also listed in Who’s Cool, a list-in-progress of who’s living, working and creating in Downtown Phoenix by the New Times (which is sooo uncool to put in your web bio!).


David Weiss, Technical Director
David Weiss is a near native to Phoenix having lived here since before he wants to mention. He was a graduate of North High School and a music and theater major at Northern Arizona University. It was at NAU that he honed his technical and stage carpentry skills, working as the opera department’s set construction manager. Through the years David has worked for several theater companies around the Valley, including Phoenix Theater's Cookie Company (one of the original players in its first season), Copperstate Dinner Theater, Stagebrush Theater, Janus Theater (one-time artistic director), Stray Cat Theater, and Theater Works. As an actor David has received several awards including an ariZoni nomination for his portrayal of C.S. Lewis in Theater Works’ production of Shadowlands. David also occasionally works as a director, which has earned him a few awards as well, including an ariZoni nomination for his direction of n2t's production of The House of Yes. As you can see David wears many hats when it comes to the theater and he enjoys all aspects of every production. Being able to bring light to the creative side of any artist, be it the designers of the sets or the authors of the plays themselves, is always a real thrill for him.


Eric Chapman, Marketing Director
An Arizona native, Eric Chapman has been involved with many Valley theaters over the past 20 years, including Janus Theatre, Max’s Dinner Theatre, Glendale Little Theatre and Stagebrush. Having both his Bachelor's and Master's degree in Business Administration, Eric is able to combine the "business world" with his love for the theater here at n2t. Though primarily responsible for n2t's marketing efforts (event planning and expansion of our Wonderful 100 members, program/website advertising, group ticket sales), Eric has also been stage manager for our recent award-winning productions of The House of Yes (2004) and Les Liaisons Dangereuses (2005). When not helping out with costumes, props, lights or sound, you can usually find him in our lobby as our resident House Manager.


Tim Shawver, Artistic Associate
Tim Shawver is a Phoenix native who has been a part of Nearly Naked since our second season. He directed n2t’s productions of The Rocky Horror Show and The Torch Song Trilogy (for which he won an ariZoni Award for Best Director, 2002). Onstage he appeared in n2t’s The Hothouse, Sexual Perversity in Chicago (2001 & 2005) and Valhalla. His other work around the Valley includes Southwest Shakespeare (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Love’s Labour’s Lost), Shakespeare Sedona (Twelfth Night, The Taming of the Shrew), Theater League, Arizona Jewish Theatre Co., Phoenix Theatre, Black Theatre Troupe, The Shakespeare Theatre, and Blackball Ensemble. Tim is a member of the Secret Society of True Nudies here at n2t and you may also recognize him as the guy who gives the curtain speech when Damon and David are “out of town.”


Michael Sherwin, Artistic Associate
Michael Sherwin hails from Chicago and received his BA in Theatre from the University of New Mexico. He first appeared in our debut production of Lilies, or The Revival of a Romantic Drama in 2000 and has been a mainstay with the company every season thereafter. As an actor he participated in Sexual Perversity in Chicago (2001), The King of Infinite Space, Valparaiso, Shakespeare’s R&J and Gilgamesh. He has also teched in several capacities, most notably lighting design for The Torch Song Trilogy, Shakespeare’s R&J and The House of Yes. A prolific actor in the Valley, Michael worked with every major company in town, as well as several of the ‘small guys.’ His credits include Arizona Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare, Sedona Shakespeare, Is What It Is, The Shakespeare Theatre, Feast of Fools Theatre (where he met Damon Dering) and many others. Michael is a founding member of the Secret Society of True Nudies (don’t you wanna join?) and he served as n2t’s Producing Director for Seasons Five and Six before returning to Chicago, where he still assists us in ‘making the magic’ with advice, support and radiant positive energy.

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