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About David Diamond

David J. Diamond

David J. Diamond

David J. Diamond is a theatre consultant, producer and career coach for theatre artists. As a career coach, David works with individual theatre artists assisting them in goal setting, strategizing and actively pursuing their chosen career. Clients include directors, actors, designers, playwrights, musicians, visual artists, administrators and producers.

Current projects include organizing and coordinating (along with Mia B. Yoo) the La MaMa International Symposium for Directors, now entering its sixteenth year and The Playwright Retreat, now in its ninth year. The Symposium brings directors from around the world together to exchange ideas and interact creatively through workshops, rehearsals and performances. Master Acting Workshops, which began 5 years ago, continue as well. The Programs takes place at La MaMa Umbria International in Spoleto, Italy each summer.

Dear David,

Your life is a work of art, and I feel so fortunate that my life has finally intersected yours at the most necessary time. Thank you thank you for the nurturing and challenging that you do, in the gentlest and most generous manner.

With much love to one with much light,

Mei Ann Teo

David presents the workshop, DIRECTING YOUR THEATRE CAREER to university students around the country. The workshop provides countless resources and advice for navigating a career in the professional theatre. It has been presented at Yale School of Drama, Columbia University, Carnegie Mellon, University of California – San Diego, DePaul University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Oklahoma, University of Texas, University of Colorado and Fordham University, among others.

Recently David was contracted by the United States Army to serve as a mentor director to directors of productions at US Army bases around the world. He has also served as adjudicator for the US Army Entertainment Division’s One-Act Play Festival and Toppers Full Length Play Competition.

He has presented workshops on careers in the theatre at Theatre Communications Group’s Annual Conference, the Chicago Directors Lab, Directors Lab West, SouthEast Theatre Conference, Mid-America Theatre Conference and many others. He has also served on the advisory panel for the NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.

Previously David served as Executive Director of Stage Directors and Choreographers for close to a decade. In that capacity he initiated and expanded programs for directors and choreographers around the country while increasing the resources of the Foundation. He published The JOURNAL for Stage Directors and Choreographers and co-edited the Stage Directors’ Handbook. In the recently published 2nd Edition of the Handbook, David has written an essay on career development for directors. He produced the annual “Mr. Abbott” Awards, which honors lifetime achievement of a director or choreographer.

Working with career coach David Diamond is the best thing I could have done for myself in my transition from being a producer/director/theatre owner to director/dramaturg. His guidance and support have been invaluable to me.

Ludovica Villar-Hauser

Previous positions include General Manager of United States Institute for Theatre Technology, Managing Director of The Barrow Group Theatre Company and Management Services Assistant at Theatre Communications Group. He edited ArtSEARCH and has written articles for American Theatre, The Drama Review and The JOURNAL. One of his articles for was reprinted in the American Theatre Reader, the 25th Anniversary compilation of the most significant articles in the magazine over the years.

David served as Chair of Community Board Five in Manhattan. On completion of his term as Chair, the Borough President of Manhattan proclaimed his last day as David J. Diamond Day in the Borough of Manhattan in tribute to his community service over many years. He currently serves as Chair of the Board’s Theatre Task-Force. He is a current Board Member and Past President of the Board of Trustees of The Barrow Group, the Drama Desk Award Winning Off-Broadway theatre company.

He received his B.A. in Psychology with a theatre minor from University of Illinois and an M.A. in Performance Studies from New York University.

He completed with distinction the Arts Leadership Institute at the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He graduated from the Coach Training Program at Coach University. He is a Certified Advanced Transformative Coach by Michael Neill’s Supercoach Academy.