Damon DiMarco studied acting at Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts Professional Actor’s Training Program and earned his MFA under William Esper. Damon’s acting credits include performances in regional theater, recurring roles on soaps, prime time television, commercials, live hosting, and live industrial shows. He is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.
He first began writing as an inaugural fellow of New River Dramatists in Healing Springs, North Carolina. A 10-minute play, “Tegwar” featured a card game between Jesus Christ and Judas Iscariot. Damon wrote the piece for New River’s convocation; it was later produced at Manhattan’s Ensemble Studio Theatre and other venues, as well as made into a short film.
Shortly thereafter, in a style reminiscent of Studs Terkel, Damon interviewed dozens of people regarding the terrorist attacks of 9/11. His subjects included first responders, volunteers, and survivors of both Towers. Publisher’s Weekly called the book, Tower Stories: An Oral History of 9/11, “…monumental…. DiMarco’s contribution to the memory of that horrific day is enormous; the testimonies collected here form an amazing, one-of-a-kind account.” MSNBC Today cited Tower Stories as the first of Five Must-Read Books About 9/11 and its Legacy and said it was, “Arguably the most successful attempt at capturing the enormity of the events of 9/11 . . .a riveting and disarmingly emotional read.”
Other book projects followed, as well as pieces for stage and screen.
Damon’s play “My Mariners” was commissioned by the Sundog Theatre of Staten Island. He expanded the project to include his good friend, playwright Jeffrey Harper, and the two created a musical murder mystery based on actual events that occurred at Sailors’ Snug Harbor, a rest home for “aged, decrepit and worn-out” seamen founded in 1801 and later administrated by Herman Melville’s brother.
Damon evolved the full-length play “Shock and Awe” from his oral history Heart of War: Soldiers’ Voices from the Front Lines of Iraq. “Shock and Awe” debuted at the 2009 Y.E.S. Festival for new plays at the University of Northern Kentucky. Material sourced from Heart of War also made its way into Allegiance, a screenplay co-written with Damon’s friend, actor Dominic Fumusa (Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie”).
Damon has appeared as a guest on national television and radio programs for CNN, The National Geographic Channel, Montel Across America, Premiere Radio Networks, and others.
In 2012, he initiated the Writing for Public Intellectuals workshop for PhD students in the History and Culture program at Drew University’s Caspersen Graduate School.
He is a member of the Authors Guild.
Damon lives in New York City with his wife, Jessica, and son Ethan.
The DiMarcos have one cat and one shy, rescued pit bull who pretend they don’t like each other.