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.
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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."