Diane is a movement director and choreographer based in London. She works in a range of contexts - theatre, large scale events, television and film - to build the physical life of productions.  Diane achieves dynamic physicality and expressive movement and choreography among professional casts and community or volunteer performers.  

 

Diane worked on the Royal Shakespeare Company's award winning production of Julius Caesar by Gregory Doran, and also participated in the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony as part of Danny Boyle’s creative team.

 

As a professional dancer, Diane toured with The Dance Movement, Movement Angol, Adzido Dance, Sakoba Dance Theatre, Méta Méta, and Mashango Dance Company. She also worked with Holders Season from Barbados at the Edinburgh Festival. Diane further developed her skills in historical and period dance and holds a MA Movement Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (Distinction).

 

Theatre/Film

 

Diane’s theatre and film credits include Grace: A Youth Musical (New Wimbledon Theatre), The Emperor Jones (LOST Theatre), Klippies (Southwark Playhouse), Othello, Julilus Caesar (The Royal Shakespeare Company), How Nigeria Became: A story, and a spear that didn't work (Unicorn Theatre), The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess (Regent's Park Open Air Theatre), We Are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Nambia, Formerly Known as Southwest Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915 (the Bush Theatre), The Island (Young Vic), Lola – The Life of Lola Montez (Trestle Theatre Company), The Relapse (Embassy Theatre), and Julius Caesar (The Royal Shakespeare Company / Illuminations / BBC).

 

Teaching

 

Diane is a movement and dance tutor, and workshop facilitator. She has taught across a number of drama conservatoires and lead workshops at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, ALRA South, Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, E15 Acting School, Arts Educational Schools, Regent's University London and the National Youth Theatre.

 

Awards

 

Diane has received awards including the Association of Dance of the African Diaspora (ADAD) Trailblazers Award and an Arts Council International Fellowship. ​

 

 

“Diane has an excellent attention to detail in choreography, movement and character studies.  She also has an awareness of the bigger picture, always checking whether her work is fitting in the direction of the whole show”.​

 

Emily Gray, Artistic Director

Trestle Theatre Company

© 2017 Diane Alison-Mitchell