Damian Torres-Botello, S.J.

Audience Development and Outreach Coordinator

Damian Torres-Botello, S.J.
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Reno Hall
Room: 043
Phone: 313-993-3273
Damian Torres-Botello, S.J.
Playwriting
Performance
Devised Theatre
Social Justice Theatre
Theatre for Social Change

Degrees

  • Master of Arts: Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago
  • Bachelor of Arts: Theatre from Saint Mary College

Biography

Damian Torres-Botello, SJ, serves as the audience development and outreach coordinator for The Theatre Company at the University of Detroit Mercy. Currently, Torres-Botello is a regent (the third phase of Jesuit formation) with the Society of Jesus having entered the Jesuits in 2012. He received his Master of Arts in Social Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago in 2017 where we was selected to give the student commencement address for The Graduate School commencement ceremony.

He is a trained spiritual director, receiving his education at Loyola University Chicago under Jesuit Frs. Bill Creed and Mark Andrews. He continued his training at Loyola House Retreat and Training Center in Guelph, Ontario. He has led men and women in the 19th Annotation (the Spiritual Exercises in everyday life) and individually directed silent retreats, as well as ongoing spiritual direction. His theatre background began at Saint Mary College where he graduated with honors in the field of theatre in 2001. He studied playwriting under Kansas City playwright, Frank Higgins, at the University of Missouri - Kansas City and Will Dunne and Arlene Malinowski at Chicago Dramatists; he co-founded Full Circle Theatre Company in Kansas City, MO; and was a resident artist at the Fishtank Performance Studio where he continued to receive training in performance and dramatic writing. He has had over 30 full-length, one act, and 10- minute plays produced, has performed ten solo pieces throughout the Midwest, and has collaborated in various theatrical endeavors using techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre with men and women experiencing homelessness, addiction, incarceration, and the challenges of severe poverty.

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    Publications & Performances

    • Spirituality Editor for The Jesuit Post (no longer a contributing writer)
    • Torres-Botello, Damian. “Discovering Discernment.” Human Development, 2019, pp. 110–117.
    • Torres-Botello, Damian. “Why Playing Matters: Theatre, Life and Integrating Balance.” Human Development, 2018, pp. 54-63.
    • Conceiver and director, “American Privilege.” Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, 2018-2019 Theatre Season.
    • Director, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Detroit Mercy Theatre Company, 2019-2020 Theatre Season.
    • Contributing writer to The Jesuit Post 
    • Contributing writer to JesuitPrayer.org
    • Various articles for Jesuit publications
    • Written and produced more than 30 full-length, one act, and 10-minute plays and solo performances
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    Conferences

    • 2018 Jesuit Association of Student Personnel Administrators (JASPA) Annual Conference at Loyola Marymount University (Keynote Speaker) – Interrelationship Between Personal Experience, Identity and Community Engagement
    • 2018 Detroit Mercy Rainbow Taskforce (Organizer and Speaker) – Living Faith Out Loud: Love and Compassion at Detroit Mercy – A National Coming Out Day Event
    • 2017 Ignatian Q-Conference at Santa Clara University (Keynote Speaker) - Coming Out: a Force for Accompaniment, Activism, and Community in the LGBTQ+ Communities
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    Grants

    • 2019 Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs project support grant for $15,000 for development and production of “American Privilege,” a devised theatre project.
    • 2009 Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet grant recipient - For research and development of a play about poverty in Lima, Peru. Play title: Two Stories
    • 2010 Project AwareKC - For further research and development of the play Whispers from the Streets, a play about men and women experiencing homelessness.
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    Organizations & Affiliations

    • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed
    • Spiritual Directors International
    • Dramatists Guild of America, Inc.
    • Chicago Dramatists
    • The Catholic Artists Society
    • Catholic Artists Connection
    • Fraternity of St. Genesius
    • Performing Arts Alliance
    • Theatre Communications Group