Diana Hird. Diana became involved in theater improvisation and process theater over 10 years ago, working frequently with Artistic New Directions, Michael Gellman (Second City Chicago Senior Faculty), Gary Austin (Founder, The Groundlings, L.A.), David Razowsky (Former Artistic Director, Second City, L.A.), and Scotty Watson (Formerly Second City Toronto Touring Company).
As a playwright, Diana's one-act Doing Business was selected for and featured at Artistic New Directions' Eclectic Evening of Shorts (dir. Stephen Brown-Fried). Her one-act A Real Live Cuban won Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor at the Aery Theater Festival (dir. Michael Rock). Her full-length stage adaptation of Treasure Island was performed by the Depot Theatre Youth Program. Her semi-autobiographical solo piece Cathedral played at Artistic New Directions' Go Solo festival.
Most recently, Diana's one-act play One-Room Schoolhouse was featured at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's Bake-Off play reading series (dir. Noa Egozi )
Diana has been directing and teaching children since 2013. Prior to founding North River Theatre School, Diana taught the Living Theatre Training Program for the Philipstown Depot Theatre, and directed both Treasure Island and Fiddler on the Roof Jr. for The Philipstown Depot Theatre's youth program.