Lydia Diamond

Clinical Associate Professor



BS in Theatre & Performance Studies, Northwestern University



Lydia Diamond is a prolific playwright and teaching artist whose plays include Smart
People, Stick Fly, Harriet Jacobs, Voyeurs de Venus, The Gift Horse, The Inside, and her
adaptation of Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye. Her early works were nurtured in
Chicago theatres like Congo Square, MPAACT and Chicago Dramatists, and have gone on
to enjoy productions around the country at theatres including: Arena Stage, Company
One, The Goodman, The Guthrie, The Huntington, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, The
McCarter, Second Stage, Steppenwolf, True Colors, and her Broadway run of Stick Fly at
the Cort Theatre on Broadway.
Her work has been commissioned by theatres including: Arena Stage, The Huntington,
The Humana Festival, The McCarter Theatre Co., The Roundabout, Second Stage,
Steppenwolf, and True Colors. She has been tapped by HBO to develop an original
series, and writes for Showtime’s The Affair.
Ms. Diamond is on demand as a speaker on the radio, at universities, conferences, and
institutes around the country. She has held fellowships and residencies at Harvard’s
Radcliffe Institute, The DuBois Institute at Harvard, Arena Stage, TCG/NEA Residency at
Steppenwolf, and was a resident playwright for over fifteen years at Chicago Dramatists.
Ms. Diamond is a graduate of Northwestern University, and has taught at DePaul,
Columbia College, Gallery 37, and was on faculty for eight years at Boston University.

Courses Taught

THTR 230, Script Analysis for Theatrical Production
THTR 435, Contemporary Performance Techniques