Rhode Island
Profile Type: Creative Business
Creative Business
Diane Postoian

Diane Postoian is the former executive/artistic director (1987-2004) of Looking Glass Touring Theatre for Young Audiences, where she increased touring from RI to all New England, substantially increased budget, received a high percentage of the grants to which she applied, created a multi -arts summer camp and was repsonsible for all artistic and business decisions.  

Ms. Postoian worked closely with dozens of NYC publishers and nationally acclaimed children's authors scripting children's books for the stage.  Her expertise in Reader's Theatre allowed her to present young audiences with several excerpted chapters from books, compiled into one show.  Not only did this approach introduce students to a host of characters and emotions in one 'play', but it also left students with a number of book selections on their reading level, truly increasing their desire to read for pleasure. 

 

From preschool to elders, In a group setting or one-on-one, Diane’s improvisational skills, comedic wit, and boundless energy are contagious.Three decades of performing, teaching, and directing has earned her an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts.

Fees adjusted to program specifics

 

 

Her current programs include:

Do That Again! presents safe environments for Preschool-1st grades to explore their pretend world. Sessions stimulate a child's spontaneity, extend their dialogue and promote critical thought as their original stories emerge from play. "I do not manipulate the child's ‘playing field’ by telling them what to say or do. Instead, I listen and watch carefully to help further their thought process, decision making and emotional development through creative expression."  

Parent Play: A workshop for parents using  pretend and children's picture books to nurture interactive skills that break down inhibitions to play freely with their children, while bringing understanding and joy to the developmental purpose of play. "A child’s play world is a sacred, magical place, although a short- lived one. It is a world where adults must go to meet the whole child.”

ElderArts: Companion for Comic Relief  Sessions with adults in small groups or one-on-one to stimulate social interaction, increase oral communication, promote writing and telling personal stories and triggering comedic improvisation. Special focus is given to elders with memory loss.  "Our elders are becoming increasingly silenced in their exisitng environments. Often elders think they have nothing worthy to say. The opposite should be true. Elders need as many opportunties as possible to share their stories through creative expression."

Girl Talk: Workshops gently and humorously direct adolescent girls and women returning to work force, to develop interview, presentation and public speaking skills. "Gaining the confidence to convey a sense of who you or needing the vision to reinvent oneself isn't easy, but achieving it should be done with humor."

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I Have Worked With

  • November 2015 to November 2017

    Worked with team of artists bringing adolescents and elders together to share life experiences, shaping their stories into performance pieces.

  • September 2010 to June 2012

    Created improvisation workshops for adolescents to assist them in soft skills job training.

  • September 2007 to September 2009

    Hartford Performs!: Individual touring artist for specifically designed arts curricula created by the Cultural Arts Dept and Hartford Public School System.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Diane
Job Title/Position: 
teaching artist
Physical Address: 
1 Midland St
North Providence, RI 02911
Last Name: 
Postoian
Phone: 
401-487-1400

About

Profile Type: 
Creative Business
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts- Fiction
Theater - Children's
Theater - Improv
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Populations Served: 
Elders
Families
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Residency - In School
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Merlyn's Pen Foundation
VSA Arts RI education roster
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
Education: 
Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts
Awards: 
Jabez Gorham Award for Arts Excellence
Verizon Foundation
Steven & Tabitha King Foundation
NY State Council on the Arts
Dept. Cultural Affairs NY STATE
TJX Foundtaion
June Rockwell Levy Foundation
Starbucks Foundation
Orchard Foundation
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

Technical Requirements: 
none
Fee Range Minimum: 
$400
Fee Range Maximum: 
$700
State of Residence: 
Rhode Island
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Theater
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
High School-age
Adults
Seniors