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.