Diana Elizabeth Jordan Actor/Storyteller-Speaker/Producer/Creative Entrepreneur, The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe (creating "Artistic Treats" to nourish the mind, heart, and soul) | Los Angeles, CA   Contact Me

Biography

THE 411

WHO IS DIANA ELIZABETH JORDAN?

Diana Elizabeth Jordan is an awarding winning Actor, Storyteller -Speaker, Expressive Arts Facilitator and Creative Entreprenuer Who Offers An Innovative Alternative To Traditional Keynote Addresses Through Her Pwerful One Woman Shows, That Celebrate Diversity Disability Inclusion And Conquering Adversity..

She has literally been fighting adversity since the day she was born. Her doctors' had to work on her for 45 minutes before she started breathing on her own. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait) around age two, Diana grew up determined not to let adversity stop her from pursuing her dream of being an actress.

Since the beginning of her career she has refused to be limited to only being cast in disability specific roles but also cast in roles where her disability is incidental to the character or storyline. She has realized that dream and has been cast in over 40 plays and in film and television. Diana ia a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association and was the first actor with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach (2001). Recently she was the recipient of the 2016 Best Actor Honor for The Disability Film Challenge and is one of the featured artists in Liliana Moldovan's new book Eroii Imposibilului.

As a storyteller and speaker she uses humor, compassion, and honesty to touch the hearts of her audiences, sharing stories ranging from being mainstreamed to living with and proactively managing depression and anxiety. Diana has been sharing her life experiences about growing up with "triple assets": African American, female, and having a disability to educational and corporate institutions since she was in high school.

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT HER?

Diana's many talents extend beyond her joy of performing. She is an activist for disability rights and for disability to be included in diversity dialogues in the entertainment and corporate industries. She also serves on SAG-AFTRA's National Performers With Disabilities Committee.

Diana is a Teaching Artist, Expressive Arts Facilitator and Acting Coach. She is passionate about arts education and that all youth have equal access to arts education and participation. She has taught acting classes, facilitated performing arts based goal setting and disability inclusion workshops, and directed performance projects for over 25 years, working with youth and adults with and without disabilities. For the past 17 years she has been working at Performing Arts Studio West, a performing arts studio for adults with developmental disabilities where she is Head of The Acting Department. Diana launched her Edu-Tainment Production Company The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe (creating "Artistic Treats" to nourish the mind, heart and soul) in 2014.

WHY WAS SHE INSPIRED TO LAUNCH THE RAINBOW BUTTERFLY CAFE?
Diana has always believed that participation in the arts are as important to nourish the mind, heart and soul as food is to nourish the body. The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe's mission is to celebrate diversity& disability inclusion, conquering adversity and fostering personal and professional growth through the transformative power of the performing arts.


Topics

Acting, Inspiration .Visioning Through The Expressive Arts. Diversity, Disability Inclusion, Conquering Adversity, Performing Arts, Goal Setting , Acting For Personal Growth, Acting For Professional Growth, Youth, Disability Civil Rights. Humor, Entertainment,


Speeches

An innovative alternative to a traditional keynote address.
One actress's heartbreaking and hilarious journey of re-self discovery and self acceptance following a brain hemorrhage. Featuring Diana Elizabeth Jordan directed by Paul Kampf
The performance is followed by a Q&A with Diana Elizabeth Jordan and her journey with Acting, Activism and Conquering Adversity.


Videos

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Sponsorship Opportunity

I am seeking sponsorship for my one woman show Watch Your Head by Lynda Rodriguez to colleges, universities and conferences . The show One actress's heartbreaking and hilarious journey of re-self discovery and self acceptance following a brain hemorrhage. Featuring Diana Elizabeth Jordan directed by Paul Kampf, celebrates diversity & disability inclusion and conquering adversity..
TESTIMONIAL
Ms. Jordan embodies the part in Watch Your Head and her joy in acting are evident in performance. I can imagine her role as an inspirational keynote speaker/performer or as an educator/performer in a variety of venues for practitioners, educators, leaders, and students. I can also envision her in front of an audience who simply want to hear and see a good story. Mimi Savage PhD , RDT SoCal NADTA Chapter President

#2 D.A.R.E. T.O. D.R.E.A.M. Your Possible Dream 11 Tools To Consider When Dreaming Your Possible Dream is a goal setting program for youth 5th-12th grade, I am looking for sponsorship so I can offer these programs to schools and youth organizations

TESTIMONIAL
I would highly recommend Diana’s Program, “D.A.R.E. T.O. D.R.E.A.M. Your Possible Dream” to any school that has the opportunity to bring it to their students. It was an experience our 53 fifth graders will keep with them for many years to come, perhaps for the rest of their lives.
Diana’s ability to keep the audience engaged was excellent. After hearing her story through a well organized presentation, the entire class had many questions for her, and she answered each and every one. Diana has an extremely enlightening spirit, and I can assure you that her “D.A.R.E. T.O. D.R.E.A.M. Program” will be an inspiring, meaningful, and enriching life lesson for your young people. Krickett Jones Halpern Founder/ CEO Drum To LEARN, Inc, “Playtime With A Purpose


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