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PTA Artist: Diana L Ford

 PTA Diana Ford Nov 2106 - 2

Diana L. Ford, MLA – Director, Producer, Writer, Choreographer & Dancer

Ms. Diana L. Ford is an experienced Choreographer/Dancer/Multimedia Entrepreneur, and she does creative freelance work in association with DLF Productions & Company. She is a high school graduate from the Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). She has a bachelor’s degree in Communications – Radio/Television from Northern Kentucky University (NKU). In 2012, she earned her M.A. in Liberal Arts with a discipline in Humanities and a focus on Social Justice, from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, where she created her inspiring Community Facebook Blog page called Welcome to America: There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This Crap: https://www.facebook.com/WelcometoAmerica.TheresGottaBeSomethingBetter, which is in the process of being turned into a full theatrical production.

Ms. Diana has a wide range of theatrical and multi-media experience, both onstage and offstage, including working in the I.T. – Media Production and Distribution Division at Northern Kentucky University (NKU), where she was a Media Coordinator and managed the cable channel, a Production Assistant with Channel 12/WKRC (CBS), Cincinnati Children’s Theater, and performing in multiple Pones Inc. events and DANCEFIX by HBDC (formerly known as Rhythm & Motion) demonstrations throughout Greater Cincinnati. She has created a few pieces for the PTA shows at CDT in the past, and she used to teach her JUST DANCE Class at CDT and the Williams YMCA. She also choreographed one version of the musical 100 Years of Divas in American Music… and performed in this production within other various capacities. Ms. Diana directed, produced and choreographed her own dance, spoken-word, multimedia and musical production in 2007 called *The Woman Within (Letting Go…)* for the 20/20 Festival in Cincinnati, OH. She has a very broad singing and acting background, and she writes as well.

Performance Description:  Welcome to America: There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This Crap (Part 2), features dancers Lisa Schechtman, Glenda Figueiredo, Huiqing You, Colleen Byrne and Caitlin Minarchek; and actors Robin Alicia-Clare Hoskins and Jahadia P. Fowler.

Welcome to America: There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This Crap (Part 2) reflects on how we currently live in a chaotic time of social and economic unrest. It will show our fading civil rights, our lack of community and people’s false sense of freedom, safety and security in the dominating Land of the Afraid. This piece will emphasize how strengthening our communities is extremely crucial, because in the end, we cannot rely on government officials to save us! Our power to help one another is far greater if we stand in unity.

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