Diane Macklin has delighted audiences for over 15 years, sharing tales through a “dynamic” style (Washington Post) seasoned with rhythm, sounds, and movement, engaging listeners of all ages.
She has performed from Massachusetts to California for venues such as the National Air and Space Museum, Cincinnati’s Playhouse in the Park, National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference, Wolf Trap’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art and the National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place.
Diane specializes in audience participation, character education, and developmentally appropriate programming with a talent for telling stories to young listeners, ages three and up. She has received the Solo Theatrical Performer Fellowship through Maryland State Arts Council, as well as the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, in addition to the Teaching Artist Institute Fellowship and the Taft Museum’s 2013 Duncanson Artist-in-Residence.
As a performer, certified educator, and teaching artist, Diane believes in “Making a Difference, One Story at a Time.”
Workshops, residencies (min. 3, max. 20 sessions), keynotes, and professional developments are available for those interested in working on story and storytelling. Diane has led professional developments through the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA), Maryland Artist Teaching Institute, National Storytelling Network, and other organizations.
As a performing artist, here are some programs (Head Start to Seniors):
"Magnificent Folks, Animals, and Other Such Tales" – A celebration of characters who accomplish much through teamwork and wit
"Fables Rule!" – Classic fables with a different twist
"Succotash Tales" – Delicious blend of American stories and traditions with African roots
"Courageously Free!" – Tales of courage, liberation and freedom
"Small Wonders, Stupendous Feats" – Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, and each has a story
Fees for these programs range from $250 to $4,950.