You’ve heard the saying, “life is what happens while you’re busy making plans”, right? While it may sound cliche, we often forget it’s truth — I know I do. Expressive Arts Facilitator Diana believes this statement can also apply to adversity. She is a living example of triumphing over life’s adversity with resiliency. As a child, Diana was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait). But, she grew up with a tenacious determination to not to let adversity stand in the way of achieving her dreams. And that determination paid off — Diana was the first actress with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach. She also holds certificates in Occupational Therapy, Social Emotional Arts and is studying drama therapy!

Diana is committed to educating audiences in inclusive diversity, inspiration, empathy, personal growth and professional development through her Expressive Arts Company, The Rainbow Butterfly Café. Diana uses a unique blend of compassion, humor, and honesty to talk about cultivating resiliency, and triumphing over adversity! Whether portraying a character or sharing a personal story, Diana touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability, and honesty. Join us as we discover why she is not comfortable with the statement, “overcame her disability”, what inspired her to create her business, and who her SHEros are.

About Diana:

Diana Elizabeth Jordan is a living example of triumphing over adversity and resiliency. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait) around age 2, she grew up with a tenacious determination to not to let adversity stand in the way of achieving her dreams. Diana was the first actress with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach. She also holds certificates in Occupational Therapy, Social Emotional Arts and is studying drama therapy. An award winning actress, she has been cast in over 40 plays, film, and television and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. She is also an accomplished director and producer. As a professional storyteller speaker, Diana is committed to edutaining audiences in inclusive diversity, inspiration, empathy, personal growth and professional development through her Expressive Arts Company The Rainbow Butterfly Café. Whether portraying a character or sharing a personal story, Diana touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability, and honesty.

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