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ADAM DUGAS

WRITER - DIRECTOR - PERFORMER

 

ADAM DUGAS is a artist, filmmaker and showman based in Los Angeles

Adam's artistic output spans the worlds of film, art, music and theater. He also works as a creative consultant, producer, and video editor.

Omnivorously inspired, Adam’s original film and stage works often merge folk and classical sources with a pop sensibility. The blending of dark Yuletide folklore with heavy metal and New Wave music spawned UNHOLY NIGHT, a hard rock holiday musical with soaring vocals, sexy werewolves, and haunting puppetry.

Adept at shepherding talent and technicians toward a larger artistic goal, Dugas’s work is visually striking and conceptually forward-thinking.

Exploring genres and telling stories through new and traditional media, Adam's work is consistently stylish and evocative.

 

FILM / VIDEO

Directing work for film/video includes the narrative feature DUST, fashion films, music videos, short form comedy, documentary profiles, branded content, corporate industrials and network interstitials. 

Adam writes, edits and shoots much of his own work and produces it all. His short-form work and feature film have been screened at international festivals (ASVOFF, Barcelona Screen, Durban Int'l Film Festival). DUST, which he directed with the artist Casey Spooner and produced with Michael Stipe, is an eccentric indie in the style of the Warhol/Morrissey flicks and features the final screen role by the late trans Warhol Superstar Holly Woodlawn.

He recently co-directed a music video with Ann Magnuson for “The Sun Don’t Care,” her Appalachian-inspired spiritual ballad. Additionally, he directed, shot and edited the four inaugural installments of “Proud of Us” a series of vignettes by the Hollywood comedic actors Sam Pancake and Nina Millin.

"Ladies & Gentlemen," a web series also created with Spooner, profiled 32 artists ranging from Hollywood stars like Chloe Sevigny, James Franco and Frances McDormand to avant-garde and fringe personalities like Kembra Pfahler (Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black), Elizabeth LeCompte (Wooster Group), Machine Dazzle, and Ryder Ripps. That series was followed by video work for the New York Times.

Creative consulting work includes story producing for reality and docu-series and directing development of a narrative comedy series and a documentary film. Working strictly as a producer, Adam has overseen over 300 commercial broadcast, digital and industrial projects for global brands. He produced Bjarne Melgaard’s films for the Whitney Biennial, the art book FISCHERSPOONER (Damiani, publisher, 2014), and music videos including "Tu Y Yo" for telenovela star Maite Perroni (over 55M views).

UNHOLY NIGHT at the Abrons Arts Center, PHOTO BY Spilios Gianakopoulos

THEATRICAL SHOWS

Adam has mounted over fifteen original music-based stage productions in New York and Los Angeles. Typically showcasing a horde of performers and musicians while deploying a comprehensive visual aesthetic, they are best described as spectaculars. 

His annual holiday show, CHAOS & CANDY, began as a gallery presentation at Deitch Projects and grew in scope for eight consecutive years. Each new installment was highly anticipated and featured guest stars such as operatic countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo or Scissor Sisters front man Jake Shears.  Later productions were mounted at New York nightclub The Box and downtown proscenium theater the Abrons Arts Center. The last installment, UNHOLY NIGHT, was an original hard rock/metal fantasia exploring the supernatural legends surrounding the holiday season.

In DUELING HARPS, Adam and performance artist Ann Magnuson sparred with songs in a darkly elegant and comedic cabaret backed by the harpists Mia Theodoratus (playing for Dugas) and Alexander Rannie (playing for Magnuson). Originating at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles, the show was remounted at REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater) in downtown Los Angeles and the Abrons Arts Center in New York City.

A founding member of cabaret troupe THE CITIZENS BAND, Adam was integral in creating four large-scale productions. In addition to writing and directing with co-founder Sarah Sophie Flicker, he contributed original songs and was a featured performer. Deitch Projects, which represented the project and presented the larger shows, mounted THE TREPANNING OPERA at Art Basel Miami Beach in the gardens of the Raleigh Hotel.

Adam is currently presenting a new cabaret show - “An Evening With… Adam Dugas” - that features a songbook culled from pop music, cult film soundtracks, cabaret classics, deep cut showtunes and his original compositions.

MUSIC

Adam has composed many songs, primarily for his own musical shows and performances. They range in style from cabaret, country and show tune to pop, dance, hard rock and metal. An accomplished interpretive singer, Adam has performed in many of New York's premier cabaret venues (Joe's Pub, Birdland, Spiegeltent), galleries (MoMA P.S.1, Deitch Projects), rock clubs (Bowery Ballroom, CBGB's) and alternative spaces.

Adam & Mia was a harp-and-vocals duo created by Dugas and the harpist Mia Theodoratus. The repertoire encompassed classical, folk, pop, standards and original material - Henry Purcell, Donna Summer, Radiohead, Irving Berlin and Britney Spears were all on the menu. They released two EPs and inspired the show DUELING HARPS, in which they sparred on stage with performance artist Ann Magnuson and harpist Alexander Rannie. Adam & Mia performed all over New York as well as in Los Angeles, at the Life Ball in Vienna, and in Shanghai, China at Glamour Club on the Bund and for a Shanghai Tang fashion show.

"Maid of the Mist" was composed for the Sweet Thunder reunion show organized by Joseph Whitt at Starr Space gallery in Bushwick. Sweet Thunder was a supergroup of downtown artists and musicians that sang only about Niagara Falls. This song, inspired by the motion picture NIAGARA starring Marilyn Monroe, became part of the Adam & Mia repertoire; this recording is from the DUELING HARPS show at the Abrons Arts Center in New York. Words, melody and vocals by Adam Dugas; arranged and accompanied by Mia Theodoratus on harp.

"Victim" was composed for the original motion picture DUST, a New American Film by Adam Dugas and Casey Spooner. This song, which plays over the end titles, was written by Ben Bromley (New Villager) and Adam Dugas and arranged and produced with pop wunderkind Le Chev (Avan Lava). 

"Heal Thyself" was composed for The Citizens Band's show THE TREPANNING OPERA which debuted at Deitch Projects and was remounted by Deitch at Art Basel Miami Beach, from . The theme of the show was health and medicine in America, 

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