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Diana Grisanti is a Playwright in Residence at Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky, and an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis. Her plays include The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep (Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), River City (NNPN Rolling World Premiere), Abilene, Semantics, and Mandatory (Weber State University). She was a contributing writer on the bluegrass-inspired anthology That High Lonesome Sound (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville).

 

She has written multiple plays for young actors and audiences: Dorina and the Plague (Commonwealth Theatre Center); Extracurricular, or The World Is Caving In on My Little Brain (Idyllwild Arts Academy); and The Starkweather-South High School Physics Club First Annual End-of-Year Lock-In, or Ghost Party (Cleveland Play House).

 

She has also co-written three plays with her spouse, Steve Moulds: The Two Lobbyists of Verona, a co-production between Theatre [502] and Kentucky Shakespeare; The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn, a serialized epic; and The Baker Goes to War, a socialist play for children.

Diana has been an instructor of dramatic writing at Vanderbilt University and Commonwealth Theatre Center. She's given workshops and master classes at various institutions across the country, including Weber State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Notre Dame of Maryland University, and Indiana Repertory Theatre. She has served as a teaching artist in Louisville, Nashville, Austin, and Cuernavaca, México, teaching every age group from pre-K through grade 12.

Diana has been a Michener Fellow, a Kentucky Arts Council Fellow, and a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is at work on Lawbreakers! (a Fast and Furious History of Women’s Suffrage) for StageOne Family Theatre and Bowling for Beginners, an athletic spectacle about Vanderbilt's women's bowling team (2018 NCAA champs!). She holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. 

Diana lives in Louisville with the playwright Steve Moulds and their son, Victor.

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