Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is an Equity actor, a playwright and a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA. She has been a working actor since leaving the Professional Actors Conservatory in 1991. She originated the roles of Ama de Casa in the Spanish version of Menopause the Musical, Thumb in Imagine, and Holo-1 in the Labors of Hercules. Jose Cruz Gonzales wrote the role of the mother in the Long Road Today Dialogue/Dialogos project at South Coast Repertory for her.
Work as a playwright include Fabulous Monsters, a Festival51 winner (Rhode Island), about women in Punk Rock it was also a selection of Oc-Centric Theatre festival in Orange County CA and Barefoot Theatre Co in NYC. Picture me Rollin’ was featured at the 35th annual William Inge Festival., Silueta, (about the cuban artist Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton opening in Spanish in October at Teatro Tercera Llamada in Louisville Kentucky. Her TYA Shakespeare mash-up, Caliban’s Island is published by YouthPLAYS. Libertadoras, Vamping and Lindawere written for the 365 Women a Year project and have been performed around the world, With Linda winning festivals in Georgia, Detroit and Los Angeles. Her short play Rounds Per Second is featured in Smith and Kraus’s 5-minute play anthology.
She manages Sleep Till Noon Productions and the Gourmet Detective. Diana is one of the original members of the writers circle for Latino Theatre Association/ Los Angeles. She is also a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights.
She and her partner Tom have one son, Lionel. He is a joy, a scamp, and a semi-professional theatre critic, having been dragged to see plays since he was a baby. Lionel has been an active participant in the creation of several of Diana’s plays for young audiences.