Chief Artistic Director
Damien Lorton is an actor, singer, director, producer and instructor. He is 12th generation Californian and is a member of the Rios Family of San Juan Capistrano. Damien found his passion for music at a very early age and by the time he was seven he was traveling the globe performing with the likes of Bob Hope, Art Linkletter, Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton, Sarah Brightman and Luciano Pavarotti, to name a few.
Damien found his calling in 2004 when he and Nicole Cassesso co-founded, One More Productions with the hope of creating and producing quality theater at a professional level and an affordable cost, making the arts accessible for everyone in the community. In 2008, One More Productions embraced the City of Garden Grove and the historic GEM Theater as its permanent home.
Since co-founding One More Productions, Damien has produced and directed over 80 fully staged musicals, plays, new works, events and fundraisers, helping to raise over $200,000 for other non-profit organizations. One More Productions has teamed with community organizations such as The Speech and Language Development Center, The Rotary Club and The Orange County Imperial Court to host events and fundraisers for the organization’s various philanthropic causes as well as The City of Garden Grove to provide events for youth of the community. OMP has also teamed with the Garden Grove Unified School District to host educational field trips, knowing the importance of theater for children, not only as an outlet, but also as an educational tool. He has been honored with The LA Times Man of the Year Award, 101 Most Influential People by the Daily Pilot, The Paul Harris Fellow Award, The St. James Family Honors Award as well as being recognized by The City of Garden Grove in appreciation of significant contributions made to the community. Damien is also the 2020 Citizen of the Year and Americana Award Winner.
Damien is also a mentor and vocal coach. In his time as an instructor he has seen over 40 of his students continue their passion at some of the top colleges and performing arts institutions throughout the country. He has students at Carnegie Mellon University, Penn State, NYU, Stephens Woman’s College, Bentley University and Berklee College of Music in Boston, to name a few. He has students performing throughout the world on cruise ships, at major amusement parks and regional theaters across the US. He loves his connection and giving back to the younger generation thru music and art.
In Damien’s off time he enjoys resting at home, cooking and sharing his food and laughter with friends. He loves to be with his amazing animals. Damien looks forward to the next generation of performers to walk through the door and to continue to create art for the community. He preaches to them all, “It’s bigger than you!”