Diana E.H. ShortesDrama Faculty: Yoga Drama
Diana E.H. Shortes is a performing artist, writer, director and yoga instructor who has been living in New Orleans since the year 2000. She is a graduate of Antioch College, and is currently a member of the faculty at New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts.
Diana has created and produced three original solo works: “The Baroness Undressed”, a recounting of the incredible history of The Baroness de Pontalba of New Orleans,
“White Sauce and Diaper Babies”, an exploration of the life and work of poet Anne Sexton and “Ventriloquist Verses: Voices from Beneath the Water’s Edge”, a response to the artist’s direct experience with Hurricane Katrina. Diana has also produced four writing for performance workshops: “Women and the Word”, “Surviving the Storm: Stories of Women and Resilience”, “Women and War” and “Sirens, Suffragettes and Super-Heroines: A Celebration of Women’s Power and Progress”. While in New Orleans, Ms. Shortes has served as Artist in Residence for the Dog and Pony Theatre Company, appeared on stage in both classic and contemporary roles for Southern Repertory Theatre, The Shakespeare Festival at Tulane, and Moscow Nights. Diana has also served as co-director and touring stage manager for “Sweet Thunder”, Delfeayo Marsalis’ theatrical treatment of Duke Ellington’s suite dedicated to the plays of William Shakespeare, and Veronica Russell’s “A Different Woman”, a solo adaptation of Gertrude Beasley’s west Texas memoir. Diana recently traveled to Moscow with “I Take Your Hand in Mine”, a two person account of Anton Chekhov’s correspondence with his wife, Olga Knipper. She has also directed an original solo performance entitled “Wit and Wrath: The Life and Times of Dorothy Parker”, produced in conjunction with the Tennessee Williams Festival. Ms. Shortes currently serves as Co-Director of Louisiana History Alive, an organization dedicated to both the education and entertainment of tourists and locals alike, through live interaction with actors portraying significant figures from Louisiana’s history.