Why I love Theatre:
I love the communion between actors and audience during a
performance. And I cherish the awareness that this circle of
communication includes not only those present, but those who are
inextricably connected to the performance, even when they are not
present (designers, technicians, director, dramaturg, playwright,
Why I love Butler:
Each of us at Butler - faculty, staff, and students - is given
the space and respect to chart our own course. We always work well
as a team, but individuals are allowed to develop in the ways that
they want to develop.
Why I love teaching:
I am an actor at heart. Acting is all about communicating for a
higher good and this is the essence of teaching. I love sharing
ideas about theatre and learning new things from students. Some of
the best performances I have ever seen in my life have been in
Lilly Hall 328 or 177 or in the basement of Robertson Hall many
Acting in the rolling world premiere of Steven Dietz's new play,
Rancho Mirage, at the Phoenix Theatre, Fall 2013.
Also, I recently became Producing Artistic Director of the
Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre (HART) and produced The
Taming of the Shrew in downtown Indy's White River State Park.
I am excited for future collaborations between HART and Butler
An accomplished professional actor and director, Diane enjoys
Shakespeare and brand new plays. As Producing Artistic Director of
the Heartland Actors' Repertory Theatre (HART), Diane has produced
The Taming of the Shrew for HART's enormously popular free
Shakespeare program in downtown Indy's White River State Park.
Favorite HART roles include Emilia in Othello,
Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Nerissa in
Merchant of Venice. Diane has worked extensively as an
actor at the Phoenix Theatre, where favorite productions include
August: Osage County, Next Fall,
November, Bug, Beautiful Thing, and
others. Diane has appeared with the Human Race Theatre Company in
Ohio in Spinning Into Butter and Beautiful Thing.
Other credits include Angel Street at the IRT and numerous
credits on Chicago Stages. Diane has appeared in many commercials
and films, including Amanda for Adrenaline Motion Pictures
and The Package with Gene Hackman. Diane's books include:
Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing;
90-Minute Shakespeare: 'A Midsummer Night's Dream;'
90-Minute Shakespeare: 'Romeo & Juliet.' As a
director, Ms. Timmerman focuses on Shakespeare, brand new plays,
and voicescapes. Diane is a two-time recipient of the Creative
Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She loves
learning about international theatre practices and taught on the
Spring 2010 voyage for the Semester at Sea program.
A member of the Actors' Equity Association, the Screen Actors
Guild, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Diane
received her M.F.A. in Acting from Indiana University and her B.A.
in Theatre and German from Southern Illinois University. She
studied for one year at the University of Hamburg on a German
Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD) and for one year at the
University of Vienna. Diane is a Designated Linklater Voice
Teacher, one of about 100 worldwide, and enjoys teaching a variety
of voice, acting, and theatre courses at