Diana Elizabeth Jordan MFA/OTA, has literally been fighting adversity since the day she was born. 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 over 40 plays, in films and in television. 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 new book Eroii Imposibilului, a book featuring multi-disciplined artists with disabilities from around the world. Her current award winning short film Best Friend (written and directed by Cory Reeder) which she co-stars and also coproduced is a hit on the film festival circuit has had over 7.6K views on youtube. Currently, Ms. Jordan is featured as “Ella” in the horror film The Edge of Isolation (written and directed by Jeff Houkal) which can be seen on Amazon. Diana is also a producer and director.
Diana’s 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, lead her to launch 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 reimagined 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 which she produces through The Rainbow Butterfly Cafe
Diana has been invited to perform/speak and facilitate workshops for colleges/universities, special events and conferences including The National Drama Therapy Conference, The Center For Disease Control, The UCLA Mindful Madness Conference and she was recently a featured speaker at the Seasons of Change Bent Not Broken Conference and The 2018 Expressive Arts Conference where she co-facilitated a workshop Diversity A Creative Collective Exchange. She has also been a featured guest on podcasts and diversity and disability inclusion panels.
Diana's talents extend beyond her joy of performing; she has taught acting classes and has been an artist in residence with Performing Arts Studio West, a professional training studio for performers with disabilities for over 18 years. 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.
- 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