Jordan College of the Arts
Department of Theatre

Diane Timmerman ~ Department Chair


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, etc.)

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 years ago!

Current projects:

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 Theatre.

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 Butler.