Los Angeles, CA
I use the transformational power of the performance and the expressive arts to eradicate disability stigmas, othering and limiting beliefs.
Diana Elizabeth Jordan
Things I can’t live without: Kindness, Laughter, Gratitude
Describe yourself in one word: FLAWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
One thing you would like to check off your bucket list? Do A Show on Or Off Broadway
Things I love: My family , Being An Aunt, Being A Multi-passionate artist, living my dreams, my friends
Whether Diana is portraying a character, sharing one of her personal stories or facilitating one of her custom designed expressive arts workshops; she touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability, and honesty.
Diana Elizabeth Jordan , has literally been cultivating resiliency since the day she was born when her doctors’ had to work on her for 45 minutes before she started breathing on her own. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait) around age two, Diana grew up determined not to let adversity stop her from pursuing her dream of being an actor.
Diana has realized that dream and has been cast in theater, film and television and was most recently seen on CBS’s hit show S.W.A.T. Since the beginning of her career Diana has refused to be limited to only being cast in disability specific roles but also cast in roles where her disability is incidental to the character or storyline. Diana is a member of SAG-AFTRA and The Actors Equity Association. She was the first actor with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach (2001). She was the recipient of the 2016 Best Actor Honor for The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge and is one of the featured artists in Liliana Moldovan’s book Eroii Imposibilului, a book featuring multi-disciplined artists with disabilities from around the world. She is an award winning actor and award nominated director and a producer.
The self-proclaimed Expressive Arts Passionista, combined her passions as an Actor, Speaker-Storyteller, Artist Educator and Disability Inclusion Artivist with her passion for the power of the performance and the expressive arts to be utilized as a life-long learning tool to encourage personal growth, professional development and as an agent social change, when she launched her EduTainment production company The Rainbow Butterfly Café in 2015. The R.B.C combines the power of performances, speaking and custom designed expressive arts based workshops to celebrate diversity and disability inclusion, cultivating resiliency, goal setting and visioning. She also offers a re-imagined approach to the traditional keynote address for conferences, retreats and special events through performing her one woman shows Watch Your Head (written by Lynda Rodriquez) Climbing The Chrystal Staircase; Reflections of Hope, Faith And Resiliency, A Concert Of Stories Poems and Monologues.
Diana has been invited to perform/speak and facilitate workshops for colleges/universities, special events and conferences and has also been a featured guest on podcasts and diversity and disability inclusion panel . She serves on SAG-AFTRA’s National Performers With Disabilities Committee, is an alternate to SAG-AFTRA’s National Equal Opportunities Committee, a Hollywood Ambassador for the Divas with Disabilities and a two time Ambassador for The World Institute on Disability. Whether Diana is portraying a character, sharing one of her personal stories or facilitating one of her custom designed expressive arts workshops; she touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability, and honesty. Diana is living her possible dreams and loving it.