"I suppose I think that the highest gift that man has is art, and I am audacious enough to think of myself as an artist"
"I love the word decennium; I love the word highlights!"
2021: Collaboration with Courtney Bryan, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, Janinah Burnett & Rob Kaplowitz as part of Opera Philadelphia's Digital Commission Series.
2020: Reparations Now! concert at Center West with Ensemble Pi featuring commissions and premiers from composers Allison Loggins-Hull, Angélica Négron, Courtney Bryan, Trevor Weston, and Damian Norfleet.
2019: Composer Jeff Scott arranged two songs for vocalist Damian Norfleet and The Dream Unfinished Orchestra for the season finale concert Deep River at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.
2018: Performance in composer David Lang's Mile-Long Opera on the High Line in New York City.
2017: Composer Dr. Nkeiru Okoye wrote the monodrama Invitation to a Die-In for Damian Norfleet and the Mount Holyoke Orchestra. The piece officially premiered in Mount Holyoke, but also toured the Chicago metro area.
2016: Principal actor in the world premier of the play Nix as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity in NYC. Damian was awarded Best Actor in a Musical for his performance.
2015: Principal actor in the world premier of the play Little Rock at the Passage Theatre company. The cast received a 2015 Barrymore Award for Outstanding Ensemble in a Play.
2014: Principal actor in the experimental opera Makandal as part of the Works & Process Series at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC
2013: Principal actor in the world premier and recording of Paula Kimper's contemporary opera Truth.
2012: Principal actor in the Drama Desk Award nominated production of The Threepenny Opera.
2011: Presented a vocal seminar and performed at Hong Kong Disneyland
Damian Norfleet commands the stage with a strong presence and powerful singing."
New York Times
“I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.”
A collaboration with artist Katya Popova, Plastic X-mas Tree, will be presented at the 2021 Artbeat Festival in Somerville, Massachusetts.
This December, we will record my original composition Kendi's Secret, which debuted on Ensemble Pi's 2020 Reparations Now! concert.
My performance piece Grayed Agency will premiere in New York City. The performance will feature the movement of dancer/puppeteer Maura Gahan.