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The International Symposium for Directors, sponsored by La MaMa Umbria International is a unique training program for professional directors, choreographers and actors. Internationally renowned theatre artists conduct workshops and lecture/demonstrations. All workshops are conducted in English. Find out more...



The La MaMa Umbria International Symposium for Directors, Playwright Retreat, Next Generations New Performance Incubator, Residencies and productions at the La MaMa Spoleto Open Festival for 2017 were a huge success, empowering hundreds of artists from around the world. We are so thankful for all of the workshop leaders, mentors, participants, La MaMa Umbria family and all of our guests for making it such an impactful Summer. Here are just a couple of the incredible responses we received:

“Thank so much for inviting me to join you in this beautiful, magical kingdom! The entire realm is blessed with creative fairies and elves. And not only do you create rooms for us to dream in, but you feed us exquisitely and excessively.” — Moisés Kaufman

“I had such a fantastic and inspiring time with you all. It really exceeded all my expatiations. Never have I felt like family so quickly and their care and support while there is deeply generous. The fact that they are all gifted artists makes it even more special.”  — Caden Manson

DAVID J. DIAMOND was awarded a CEC/ArtsLink’s Back Apartment Residency for 2017! A REPORT on his experiences in St. Petersburg was published by HowlRound. Here is the link:

David recently traveled to New Mexico where he presented workshops to theatre students at University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and resident visual artists at the Santa Fe Art Institute and he worked with students at Carnegie Mellon University in April, 2017.

Sign up today for sessions that will bring you into the new year with renewed enthusiasm, confidence and energy to create your wonderful life. Not sure if coaching is right for you? Inquire about a complimentary sample session. Join the hundreds of artists at all career levels who have benefitted from new perspectives gleaned from David’s coaching.

World class artists from around the globe offer unique workshops for directors, actors, playwrights and choreographers! Check out the La MaMa Umbria website for the latest news of teaching artists and programs for the coming year. and others.
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DAVID J. DIAMOND granted Fulbright Arts Specialist award to work with Dah Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia. For two weeks in October, 2016, we worked together on a coaching and strategic planning process, looking at the future of Dah (after 25 years of creating provocative, inspired theatre in Serbia and around the world.) We attended the Bitef Theatre Festival, where I spoke on a panel about the Geopolitics of Theatre. I gave lectures at the Academy of Dance and met with leaders of the arts community in Belgrade, including representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Serbia.

DAVID J. DIAMOND named CERTIFIED ADVANCED TRANSFORMATIVE COACH by Michael Neill’s Supercoach Academy after completing this year’s intensive, advanced training. He had previously been certified as a Transformative Coach, but this new designation recognizes his many increased hours of coaching, training and distinguished completion of a social service project.

I am pleased to continue facilitating (“jokering”) workshops at La MaMa in November with THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED NEW YORK CITY (TONYC) where we explored issues facing residents of the East Village at La MaMa’s new Downstairs space. For more information: Click Here.

My Radio Show: Artists’ Lives and Careers had its final show of 2014 with a focus on Artists Working Internationally. See link below.
We are on hiatus for the time being. Keep tuned to this site for news about our Upcoming Shows and topics we will discuss. For Podcasts of all radio broadcasts, Click Here.

David J. Diamond is your partner in creating the career that you want, instead of the one that just happens.

Be smart about the business of being an artist, so you can concentrate on your art. Learn valuable tools that will give you an edge as you navigate your career in the arts.

Working with David you will gain:

  • The confidence you need to take the actions necessary to move yourself towards your own success
  • The answers to the questions you’ve been afraid to ask about how to live as an artist, make money and enjoy a satisfying lifestyle
  • The courage to attempt and achieve better and better works of art that will affect society when presented
  • The inspiration to access your highest self, so that you can live your best life

“What I like most about working with David Diamond is that he has an organized process for first helping me to know my own mind and heart, and then partnering with me in formulating strategies for my career advancement.

David is seasoned, mature and quite knowledgeable.  His insights, guidance and suggestions were competent, welcomed and quite useful.   Pursuing dreams can be a lonely road.  Working with David Diamond, I had excellent company.”

-  Benny Sato Ambush

Check out the upcoming events and the variety of workshops specifically designed to help further your career in the arts.

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