Diana Tso

Diana Tso is a theatre artist, playwright, storyteller & artist in education. She’s a graduate of the University of Toronto in English Literature & of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq in France. Most recently she was in the acting company for the 2017 season of the Stratford Festival in Bakkhai and The Komagata Maru Incident.  Diana has worked with diverse theatres internationally for 20 years.  As artistic director of Red Snow Collective her theatre vision merges east & west storytelling art forms through music, movement & text. Her drama play, Red Snow, produced in association with Aluna Theatre, was directed by Beatriz Pizano, and premiered in Toronto in 2012, followed by its international premiere at the Shanghai International Contemporary Theatre Festival in China.   Her recent play, Comfort, inspired by the resilience of women in war, premiered in Toronto November 2016, directed by William Yong. www.redsnowcollective.ca

Other Theatre Credits include:
Chimerica, directed by Chris Abraham (Manitoba Theatre Centre); Jade in Coal directed by Heidi Specht (Pangaea Arts, Vancouver); TAXI Project, directed by Weyni Mengesha (PEN Canada); Quarry, Lanni McInnes (Western Canada Theatre); The Concubine’s Children, David Mann (Theatre One); The Happy Prince, directed by Kim Carpenter (MTYP), Comet in Moominland, directed by Kim Selody (MTYP); Gold Mountain Guest, directed by Leslie Bland (Kaleidoscope Theatre); Naomi’s Road, The Prince & the Pauper, Merlin (YPT); Dante’s Inferno, Chekhov Shorts (Theatre Smith-Gilmour); King John (Shakespeare in the Rough) and by the way, Miss… (Urge/Theatre Direct), sharing the Dora Mavor Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance.

As a storyteller she created part one (2010 début at the Toronto Storytelling Festival) and part two (2016 début at the Ottawa Storytelling Festival) of her trilogy, Monkey Queen, journey to the east, which has been touring since to festivals, schools and libraries in Ontario and Québec since. Upcoming, the theatre production of Monkey Queen will be in 2018.

As an artist in community outreach artist with jumblies theatre, Diana worked as one of the lead artists; she facilitated theatre workshops on their adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale at Cedar Ridge in Scarborough with youth from Family Residence program (immigrant or refugee youth whose families are in the process of finding homes) as well as with a seniors’ group. Previously she was lead artist with MabelleArts’ seniors group in a community project, culminating in The Bridge of One Hair at the 2007 New World Stage at Harbourfront.  Hawa Jibril, one of the senior residents in Diana’s workshops, inspired the story; Ms. Jibril is a Somali poet who escaped the Somali civil war and became part of the Somali independence movement advocating women’s rights and peace for her country.

As artist in schools since 2000, both freelance and supported by the Ontario Arts Council, her program develops creative and collective skills for youth to empower their voices through dragon mythology, writing and theatre.