has worked tirelessly in community theatre for thrity years. Her interest in theatre started as a child in Chicago where her mother was an actress in a small Slavic theatre. She remembers being allowed to dance and whirl about on the stage. She must have remembered her beginnings.
When Faribault had no community theatre, she took some of her children to audition for Kenyon Arts Council's "The Sound of Music". Her son, Tim, was cast as Rolf, daughter Becky as a Novice and the youngest as Louisa. As the designated driver, she soon volunteered for any job that needed to be done, "just so I had something to do during rehearsals", she adds.
She was an esential part of of the Faribault group the broke off from the KAC twenty years ago to form the Faribault Area Community Theatre (FACT). She had the opportunity to audtion along with her husband Hub and two daughters for its first production, "Carousel". She was invited to join the FACT Board where she worked diligently for the next 20 years doing any job which needed to be done.
Like many others, Diane was a multi-tasker being involved as an actress, prop master, stage manager, costumer, board secretary, board president and the producer of more than 15 shows. With others, she helped to guide them to financial independence and security. For three years, she worked with the Faribault Arts Center and The Merlin Players to restore the Paradise Center for the Arts. Again she has not only done board work but willingly picked up a broom and paint brush to give generously of her time in terms of sweat equity. Diane has also helped FACT through its assimilation into the Paradise to become an newly named group, the Paradise Community Theatre. She says, "And I loved every minute of it!" She is careful to add she has not retired from the theatre and looks forward to many more productions.