A member of the Class of 1987 at the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) will deliver the address for the matriculation ceremony set for 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Natchitoches Events Center.
Damian Duke Domingue came to LSMSA from Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette in 1985.
With a math/science and arts focus, he participated in the first incarnations of Theater Rep and Encore, as well as student life and the Eagle cheerleading squad.
In the fall of 1987, Domingue segued into the inaugural class of the Louisiana Scholars’ College where he completed his degree in ethnomusicology.
Afterward, on a whim, he accepted a year-long internship at Jackson, Miss.’s, New Stage Theatre, performing a Shakespeare tour through the rural south. It was an unexpected, life changing adventure, which ultimately landed this accidental actor at Flat Rock Playhouse, the state theater of North Carolina. During his tenure there, he served in various capacities: actor, director, designer and composer; and he penned and premiered four musicals. “Rootabaga! a musiCarl,” an adaptation of Carl Sandburg’s “Rootabaga Stories,” ran for 17 years at Connemara, the Sandburg National Historic Site and part of the U.S. National Park Service.
After more than 20 years, 100 productions and 3,865 performances, Domingue decided it was time to reinvent himself and move from the acting boards to the auction block.
In 2012, he attended World Wide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa, and Denver, Colo., and is currently licensed in 38 states, territories and beyond.
His company, Duke Says Sold, is based near Asheville, N.C., and works exclusively in the non-profit sector, fundraising through the auction process.
Domingue believes he has finally discovered his métier with a job he describes as a fusion of cheerleader and evangelist – raising millions each year for education, hospital foundations, health and human services and the arts. National clients include the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Ronald McDonald House, Make-A-Wish and others.
Since 2000, he has played his upright bass (named Myrna) with the Americana/Rockabilly outfit the Carburetors in the southeastern United States, as well as Germany, Belgium and Holland.
Recent independent film credits include “Shadows on the Wall” and “Possession.”