"One of my favorite books is The Road Less Traveled, by M.Scott Peck. The book not only had a significant impact on ,my life but the book's title has served as a perfect metaphor for both my personal and professional journeys." Diana Elizabeth Jordan
"I have literally been fighting adversity since the day I was born, when my doctors' had to work on me for 45 minutes before I started breathing on my own. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait) around age two, I grew up determined not to let adversity stop me from pursuing my dream of being an actor
I have realized that dream and have worked in film, television and theater and was most recently seen on CBS's hit show S.W.A.T. My passions extend beyond my love of performing. I like to refer to myself as the Expressive Arts Passionista One Artist Many Passions ( actor, filmmaker, speaker, artist educator and disability inclusion artivist)
I have been speaking on my personal experiences of living with a disability since I was in high school. I have been invited to perform/speak and or facilitate workshops for colleges/universities, special events and conferences including The National Drama Therapy Conference, The Center For Disease Control, and The UCLA Mindful Madness Conference. I was recently a featured speaker at the Seasons of Change Bent Not Broken Conference and The 2018 Expressive Arts Conference where I co-facilitated a workshop Diversity A Creative Collective Exchange with several other artists, educators and speakers. I have also been a featured guest on podcasts and diversity and disability inclusion panels speaking on disability inclusion, mental health and cultivating resiliency.
My 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, inspired me to launch my 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, eradicate disability and mental health stigmas, othering and limiting beliefs. I also offer a re-imagined approach to the traditional keynote address for conferences, retreats and special events through performing one of solo shows Watch Your Head (written by Lynda Rodriquez) or Climbing The Chrystal Staircase; Reflections of Hope, Faith And Resiliency .
I also serve on SAG-AFTRA's National Performers With Disabilities Committee, am an alternate to SAG-AFTRA’s National Equal Opportunities Committee, a Hollywood Ambassador for the Divas with Disabilities and am a two time Ambassador for The World Institute on Disability. I am an award winning actor and award nominated director,
Whether I am portraying a character on stage or screen,, sharing one of my personal stories in a keynote or an expressive arts workshops. I am living my possible dreams and loving it.
- Best Actor 48 Hour Disability Film Challenge ( Now known as The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge
- The Ricardo Maltobon Media Access Award For Diversity and Understanding 2001