San Rafael, California
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Website created 2017 by Diane Barnes and Mariano Diaz

Diane is an actor, writer, storyteller,  solo performer and speaker, born and raised in New York City, now a SF Bay Area 415 transplant.

 

After a career as a physician (Diagnostic Radiology), and the stroke that inspired this story, Diane stumbled into improvisation. (Thank you, Patricia Ryan Madson!)  

 

Wow! The magic trap door into the performance world opened.  After an     introduction to solo performance with W.Allen Taylor,    Diane discovered David Ford and The Marshwhere she developed My Stroke of Luck, her first show.

 

Diane is a Meisner trained actor.  She completed The Summer Training Congress at The American Conservatory Theater, Spring Training Intensive at Berkeley Rep Personal Narratives, Global Identities Workshop with Anna Deveare Smith  and Dell'Arte School of Physical Theater  Bali Program

 

Diane is also a graduate of Stanford University (AB Psychology) and Yale University School of Medicine, with post doc training at UCSF and Stanford.

 

A well compensated introvert, Diane is the proud mother of two adult sons, and a young  Bearded Collie/Maltese cross.  Diane is also a silversmith and sculptor. She loves travel, animals, public speaking, creativity,  creatives, Fringing, performing, being alive and bravely facing down the final 30!

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My Stroke of Luck has appeared at sold out shows Off Broadway at the United Solo Theater Festival,  Fringe Festivals across the country, The LA Women's Theater Festival and the Atlanta Black Theater Festival.  My Stroke of Luck was extended multiple times at  The Marsh, San Francisco.

New South Wales, Australia, port on Dave Koz Cruise.