Playwright. Director. Performer. Theater Artist.
Diana Lynn Small writes, acts, and directs for the stage. She is also a teacher, songwriter and chaplain. Diana earned her MFA in playwriting from the Michener Center for Writers at UT Austin and a MDiv from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Diana is a Company Member of Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) in Austin, TX and served as an Interim Artistic Director in 2017-2019. In the 18/19 SVT season, Diana directed the world premiere of Tryouts by Adara Meyers and the regional premiere of Anne Carson's Antigonick, which earned 6 Austin Critics Table Award nominations. Diana's new play Oh, Thank You was developed at Berkeley Rep's The Ground Floor in 2017. Mad & a Goat has toured to seven cities since it was developed in 2013. Her play Good Day was selected for the 2015 Great Plains Conference PlayLabs, Kitchen Dog Theatre’s New Works Festival and was a finalist for the 2015 Play Penn Conference. Diana has worked with paper chairs theatre company in Austin having directed Elizabeth Doss's play Mast and performing/dramaturging Doss's plays Poor Herman, Catalina and The Divine Narcissus. paper chairs shared the world-premiere of Diana's play Hot Belly with The Syndicate in NYC (The Tank). Diana returns to stories about the American West, past and present. She grew up in Martinez, California three miles south of the Shell Oil Plant and three miles east of the John Muir Historic House.