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Diana Lawrence

 
Bio:
Songwriter, music director and performer Diana Lawrence makes a habit of the unexpected, working across genres and disciplines to create unique musical points of view and tell essential human stories. Diana was commissioned to write original music for Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2016 premiere of ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
Songwriter, music director and performer Diana Lawrence makes a habit of the unexpected, working across genres and disciplines to create unique musical points of view and tell essential human stories. Diana was commissioned to write original music for Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2016 premiere of ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

Productions

 
[Off-Broadway, 2022]
Associate Music Director

Diana Lawrence Biography

Songwriter, music director and performer Diana Lawrence makes a habit of the unexpected, working across genres and disciplines to create unique musical points of view and tell essential human stories.

Diana was commissioned to write original music for Steppenwolf Theatre’s 2016 premiere of Tracy Letts’ Mary Page Marlowe, with recent commissions coming from Chicago Tap Theatre and North Shore Choral Society. She is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop, and her musical, MILL GIRLS, was granted a 2018/19 Incubator workshop at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Diana & the Dishes, her original pop-soul project, has shared the stage with artists such as Nellie McKay and Becca Stevens, and the band’s recent releases were produced by Rob Kleiner (Sia, Andra Day). As a music director, pianist and improviser, Diana has worked with The Second City, the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the American Musical Theatre Project at Northwestern University, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Uptown Poetry Slam, one of the premiere spoken-word events in the country.

Diana’s work is grounded in the belief that music should empower under-represented voices. From 2014-2019, she was a music director, composer and teaching artist with Storycatchers Theatre, an organization that creates original musical theatre with incarcerated youth. As a keyboardist for Grammy Award winner, Tim Kubart, Diana has toured far and wide performing for kids and families. Dedicated to empowering the voices of girls and women, Diana also creates and performs staged concerts and workshops with cross-genre vocal trio, Artemisia.





Diana Lawrence News

Felipe Galganni Is Back With THE RISE OF XANA DUME at The Triad Theater on May 9 Photo Felipe Galganni Is Back With THE RISE OF XANA DUME at The Triad Theater on May 9
by A.A. Cristi - Apr 28, 2022

While most people spent their time during the COVID lockdown bingeing TV series, learning to make sourdough, or teaching themselves to knit, renowned tap dancer and teacher, Felipe Galganni (2022 Bistro Award Winner for Original Jazz Presentation) developed an entirely new creation - a Brazilian song and dance queen who sprang full blown from his love of the Olivia Newton John classic, Xanadu. He will introduce her to the world in The Rise of Xana DuMe along with her sisters and muses Gisele Bundchen, Carmen Miranda, Ann Miller, and Maria Montez in an evening of wildly entertaining music and terpsichore.

Kelvin Roston, Jr. To Join Cast of SISTER ACT for Its Final Weeks at Mercury Theatre Photo Kelvin Roston, Jr. To Join Cast of SISTER ACT for Its Final Weeks at Mercury Theatre
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 9, 2021

Disco diva Deloris Cartier and the Sisters of Our Mother of Perpetual Faith are getting into the Christmas habit at Mercury Theater Chicago with the final weeks of performances of the hit musical Sister Act. The critically acclaimed production, perfect for the whole family, must close on January 2, 2022, at Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Avenue. 

Photos: Mercury Theater Chicago Celebrates Its Reopening With SISTER ACT Photo Photos: Mercury Theater Chicago Celebrates Its Reopening With SISTER ACT
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 16, 2021

Mercury Theater Chicago Executive Producers Walter Stearns and Eugene Dizon, Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter and Managing Director Shane Murray-Corcoran reopened the theater with the first Mainstage production of the 2021-2022 Mercury Theater Chicago season, Sister Act, based on the 1992 film. 

BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Mercury Theater Chicago Photo BWW Review: SISTER ACT at Mercury Theater Chicago
by Rachel Weinberg - Nov 12, 2021

Mercury Theater Chicago returns with SISTER ACT - and it's pure musical theater elation. This 'Joyful, Joyful' (SISTER ACT II reference intended) production, with direction from Reneisha Jenkins and choreography by Mercury's new Artistic Director Christopher Chase Carter, meets the goal of delighting audiences. This is musical theater that's designed to entertain and not make audiences think too deeply, and Mercury's production capitalizes on the show's capacity for fun. While the material is not at all serious, the talent in this company is stacked, and the actors take their responsibility to deliver this fun seriously.

Cast Announced For SISTER ACT To Reopen Mercury Theater Chicago Photo Cast Announced For SISTER ACT To Reopen Mercury Theater Chicago
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 8, 2021

Casting has been announced for the first Mainstage production of the 2021-2022 Mercury Theater Chicago season, Sister Act, based on the 1992 film. Sister Act features music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and book by Bill and Cheri Steinkellne, and Douglas Carter Beane. 

PlayMakers Laboratory Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA Photo PlayMakers Laboratory Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 16, 2021

PlayMakers Laboratory will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its popular sketch comedy revue That's Weird, Grandma with a free digital special on Thursday, August 5 from 5:30 ‚Äď 7:30 pm. PML will host an in-person viewing party at The Annoyance¬†Theater, 851 W. Belmont Ave. (proof of vaccine required) in Chicago or guests may stream the show on Facebook Live.

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces 2021-2022 Season Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Announces 2021-2022 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 9, 2021

The 2021-2022 Mercury Theater Chicago season has been announced. Mercury Theater Chicago welcomes audiences back in November to its beautiful home in the Southport Corridor with the feel-good blockbuster hit SISTER ACT directed by Reneisha Jenkins, featuring Chicago favorites Alexis J. Roston and Hollis Resnik. 

New York Theatre Barn to Present Works By Students of Tony Award-Winning Composer Wil Photo New York Theatre Barn to Present Works By Students of Tony Award-Winning Composer William Finn
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 10, 2021

New York Theatre Barn will present concerts of work written by members of Tony Award-winning writer William Finn’s (Falsettos, Spelling Bee) first two virtual Master Classes in Lyric Writing. The non-profit theatre company that serves as a home for original culture shifting musicals during incubation will offer two free live stream presentations.

New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of March 8 - New Music From Andy Karl and Orfe Photo New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of March 8 - New Music From Andy Karl and Orfeh, Joshua Henry, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 10, 2021

Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases! This week's list includes new music from Andy Karl and Orfeh with Andrew Logan, a debut album from Joshua Henry, a new Randy Rainbow parody, and more!

New Musical MILL GIRLS Releases Interactive EP Starring Nikki Renée Daniels, Alysha  Photo New Musical MILL GIRLS Releases Interactive EP Starring Nikki Renée Daniels, Alysha Deslorieux, and Nikhil Saboo
by Stephi Wild - Feb 25, 2021

Mill Girls follows a year in the life of Agnes, a weaver who transforms from farmer's daughter to poet with the encouragement of her fellow mill girls and from poet to activist when the corporation lengthens the workday.