Linda Damita, an Arizona Native, started performing on stage at the age of four and began working professionally as a dancer, singer, model and actress in her teens. Although she lettered in music in high school, she was focused on stage and screen performance as an actress. She signed with her first talent agency at the age of 12 and entered into a professional career after several winnings at national talent competitions as an actress, dancer and model. Linda studied the Sanford Meisner acting technique at Arizona State University while working with the Ford/Robert Black Agency in Phoenix. Her experience ranges from various television commercials and small film roles to original theatrical productions, musicals, trade shows, fashion trunk shows, runway and print modeling, voice over work and more. Linda spent her 20’s in New York City where she signed with Pauline’s Model Management and booked minor work as an actress. She worked in the couture fashion industry (Pierre Balmain) both as a model and behind the scenes. She was an executive assistant for various entertainment companies including MCEG and Communications Enterprises and worked as a temp on Wall Street. The most fun and best money she made was actually as a coat check girl at some of the hottest spots in the city. Eventually she burnt out on the entertainment world and evolved into restaurant management, trained by the NYC golden boy Danny Meyer, working for Union Square Café, Sam’s Café, Café Luxembourg and finally Les Halles. Linda has lived in Sedona since 1999.
In 2008, Linda created the production company, Nightlife Sedona, producing an original cowboy musical dinner theatre show titled UP THE TRAIL, which received great reviews by audiences. NLS was also the platform for live music and dance events, including every thing from Jazz brunches and Euro Tango to two-stepping Boot Scoots, comedy shows and fund-raising concerts for Desert Star Community School. Linda also owned and operated IMAGINE ART, a paint-your-own-ceramic studio. Imagine Art showcased different artists from painters to sculptors to Feng Shui muralists and housed many musical events that included live performance, poetry and art. Linda was able to participate in several local school programs and fund raising through the TILES FOR SMILES art project for Camp Soaring Eagle, an organization that provides programs for children with serious illnesses the chance to discover the healing power of laughter. She also produced a successful fundraiser, with the volunteer help of many different artists and performers, for the Port-au-Prince orphanage after the devastating Haitian earthquake of 2010.
During her business days in Sedona Linda served on the board for N.A.W.B.O. (The National Association of Women Business Owners), was a member of the Sedona Referrals Club, Chamber of Commerce and served in different capacities as emcee and facilitator of various community events. Linda has returned to the stage and screen performing with Canyon Moon Theatre in Sedona and Playwrights Workshop Theatre in Phoenix. She is one of the founding members of Red Earth Theatre (since 2013), a non-profit theatre company in Sedona, where she served on the board the first two years. She has performed in several of their original productions and some classics including most recently, Traveling Through Shakespeare, The Wild Party, Recycling with a Unicorn, Night’ Mother and Crushes and Bouquets. She was well received for her performances twice in the Vagina Monologues in Sedona, a fundraiser for Verde Valley Women’s Shelter and Female Playwrights ONSTAGE, a national live performance event. She is also part of the insecurities project performing character roles and her own monologue. In 2013, Linda was featured as a principal character, the villainess Lorinda Dawkins, in the supernatural television comedy about Sedona called THE ROCKS.
Linda can be found either on stage, on screen, or in the audience or behind the scenes making performance happen in Sedona. She is an advocate for live performance in her community and is thrilled to be collaborating with Nathan Trujillo who shares her passion for the performing arts. Together, with Nathan Trujillo and Lina Rueda, the trio forms the Sedona Entertainment Alliance, creating a platform for entertainers in Sedona to network and showcase their art.