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Diana Elizabeth Jordan    

Actor & Solo Artist, Offering A Re-imagined Approach To A Traditional Keynote Address

Diana Elizabeth Jordan, is a living example of resiliency. 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, Jordan grew up determined not to let adversity stop her from pursuing her dream of being an actor. She has realized that dream and has been cast in over 60 theater productions, over 18 films and television including CBS’s S.W.A.T. . Since the beginning of her career Jordan 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.

Jordan 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.

As a Solo Artist & Speaker Jordan offers an impactful alternative to the traditional keynote address through her powerful solo shows and 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. Her 10 Tools To Consider When Cultivating Resiliency, are featured in Janine Conway’s new book Healing Our Sisters.

Jordan'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 20 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, The Disabled Advocate For The Women of Color JTC List, and a two time Ambassador for The World Institute On Disability. She is a frequent and in-demand disability influencer for panels focusing on Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Access.

Jordan’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.

Jordan 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, A Concert of Spoken Words Celebrating Resiliency Through Poetry, Monologues & Stories & Happily Ever After. She also produces the weekly vlog A Morning Cup of Joy.

Whether Jordan 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. Jordan is living her possible dreams and loving it

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CELEBRATING THE POWER OF RESILIENCY

WATCH YOUR HEAD – Diana Elizabeth Jordan portrays ”Actress” in this signature solo piece written by (Lynda Rodriquez (www.ellesviews.com) and directed by Paul Kampf, a one-woman show about an actress’s hilarious and heartbreaking journey of Re-Discovery and Self-Acceptance following a brain hemorrhage.**One Person Show

HAPPILY EVER AFTER-One Woman's Journey To Find A True Love Written & Developed By Diana Elizabeth Jordan, directed by Paul Kampf One Person Show Diana shares her poignant and personal journey of searching for a lasting true love and her discovery that a true love was closer to her than she ever realized.

CLIMBING THE CHRYSTAL STAIRCASE A STORYTELLING CONCERT (Celebrating Resiliency Through Poetry, Monologues & Stories ) Combining a combination of monologues, poetry ( by writers such as Langston Hughes, August Wilson, Jane Anderson, Pascal Johnson and others) and personal stories, Diana celebrates resiliency, triumphing over adversity and the power of the human spirit we face our fears, feel our fears, accept our disappointments, take a deep breath and move forward anyway.** Presented As A Spoken Word Concert.

ADVENTURES ON THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED BY A JOURNEY IN PROGRESS-( A Conversation With Diana Elizabeth Jordan) Presented in an interview-style format with a selected on-site or event moderator/ host, Diana shares with audiences the triumphs and challenges of her personal and professional journeys (ranging from the joys and challenges of pursuing her acting career, to being mainstreamed, to her commitment to activism and the joy of walking on red carpets) and how she continues to create her own paths to make her dreams come true.

RECALCULATING: 11 STRATEGIES TO CONSIDER WHEN LAUNCHING A BRAND NEW DREAM-During this interactive workshop, Diana shares 11 powerful strategies to support goal setting and the launch of a new dream combined with performances, sharing of her personal stories, and expressive arts activities.

ROADBLOCKS, TRAFFIC JAMS, AND ANNOYING POTHOLES: 10 TOOLS TO CONSIDER WHEN LIFE TAKES AN UNEXPECTED DETOUR- Combing her unique blend of compassion, humor, and honesty, Diana shares 10 powerful tools cultivating resiliency and coping with triumphing over adversity through powerful performances, her personal stories, expressive arts strategies, and exercises.

DISABILITY INCLUSION, EQUITY & ACCESS

NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US (Unpacking Ableism Through Performance & The Expressive Arts)

An interactive performance lecture workshop, incorporating improvisation and expressive arts exercises to experientially examine, Ableism, The Disability Civil Rights Movement, Disability Arts, Culture, & The Intersections Of Disability & Inclusive Multicultural Diversity. The workshop is named in honor of a book written by Jim Charlton, one of Diana Elizabeth Jordan’s first disability activist mentors.

26 Days In April (A Celebration of The 504 Protests of 1977) An interactive and expressive arts workshop celebrating The 504 Protests of 1977 when disabled activists lead a 26-day sit-in in the Old Federal Building in San Franciso to protest that the 504 ( legislation that would guarantee programs funded by the federal government could not discriminate against someone based on his/her disability) had not been signed. Diana brings this important part of American History and Disability Civil Rights to life through an exciting audience interactive expressive arts experience.

OVERCOMING STIGMAS: ( Understanding The ADA and Other Disability Laws Through The Expressive Arts) An interactive workshop incorporating THE WINDMILLS CHANGING THE PERCEPTION OF ABILITY: A DISABILITY INCLUSION PROGRAM CURRICULUM (developed by The California’s Governor’s Committee on Employment of People With Disabilities and Milt Wright & Associates) - An employer-employee training tool that focuses on attitudinal barriers, changing new perspectives toward employees with disabilities while addressing concerns, including, legal requirements and accommodations. The training modules which include interactive exercises and group discussions can be custom designed to meet the individual needs and goals of corporations, universities( colleges) schools and organizations. Diana Elizabeth Jordan is a certified Windmills Trainer

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