DIRECTOR | MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Whether building an original piece, or bringing a well-known story to life, each production I direct and/or musical direct is celebrated as a premiere, for each contributor to the process - cast, designers, composers, writers, musicians, stagecrew, the creative team, the production team, and even the audience - brings unique choices and exclusive energies. Each process yields its own, distinctive and exciting ensemble dynamic.
I do not believe in emulating work that has already been developed by another's hand and heart. Expression should emanate from the core of each individual storyteller, and each theatrical team.
I honor each theatrical team as a troupe of extraordinary architects; brainstorming and building, breaking down and reconstructing, aestheticizing, physicalizing, vocalizing, delving, discussing and discovering. Each 'character,' on stage and off, is a puzzle piece. And, when the pieces are beside each other, linked and intertwining, the most magical, remarkable and transformative of pictures can appear. Even if a piece is misaligned or missing, the image is still worth 1000 words, spoken and unspoken.
From honoring the circumstances and details provided by the script, lyrics, libretto... to creating specifics unaccounted for and filling in the blanks... making meaning, and advancing understanding are key.
Be it musical theatre, non-musical theatre, educational theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, or theatre for social/emotional wellness, I am committed to providing scholarship, leadership, and inspiration through this transformative art and craft.
The power, potential and impact of sharing through Theatre is matchless. I look forward to working and playing together!
“You should never hesitate to see anything Directed/Musical Directed by Diane Feldman! Spectacular work always!” John Scala – JERRY HERMAN AWARDS Adjudicator
“Tonight I had a truly inspiring and energizing evening at the theatre. Diane Feldman captured the quirky, electrifying nature of URINETOWN, one of my favorite musicals. I loved every minute!” - Todd Schotz – FILM & TV PRODUCER, EDUCATOR
“Better than Broadway. I don't know how Diane Feldman does it!" - Michael Stein, CANTOR / BROADWAY PERFORMER
“I have never met a director/musical director/teacher who is so skilled, so inspired, so artistic as Diane. She deeply affects so many people's lives! She always makes sure each participant feels special and loved! She is so much more than a theatre director - as if that wasn't a big enough job!" - Sandee Yamamoto, PRODUCER
"Diane: you took me seriously, and saw me for my gifts - not for my faults. Theatre was how i found my soul...you gave me that. I hope you know what a difference you make in so many people's lives." - Jeffrey Todd, ACTOR/CASTING AGENT
"I appreciate your willingness to push up against some culturally sanctioned dominant discourses by choosing musicals that invite teenagers and young adults to grapple with suffering, beauty and challenging themes. I applaud your willingness to bring more marginalized cultural voices to the center!" - Lynne Rosen, PROFESSOR
“Ms. Feldman, amazingly, seemed to have four or five hands as she pounded out the familiar, lilting melodies of “Fiddler” on a piano that could not be heard more than two blocks away, directed individual actions, eyed the entire rehearsal area at a glance, correcting several minor flaws, all while subtly applauding cast member’s hard work.” - Ari Noonan, REPORTER
“Diane's one-on-one time spent with her students is immeasurable, her energy endless, her directorship superb.”
- Jeff Melvoin, TELEVISION WRITER/PRODUCER
"Taking the risk to participate in musical theatre has profoundly shaped my son's life-long journey of becoming. He has been truly transported to a place he has never been before! I am deeply grateful you have given him a site for creative expression and community that will continue to influence his experiences and choices for many years to come." - Lynne Rosen, PROFESSOR
No such thing as, "too young," to fall in love with musical theatre!