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Diane Timmerman

Professor - Theatre Butler Theatre - JCA
Diane Timmerman

DianeTimmerman, Chair, Professor of Theatre

Why I love Theatre:
I love the communion between actors and audience during a performance.

I also love the fact that as theatre artists (onstage and behind the scenes) we must work extraordinarily well as individuals AND as a team. That duality makes our art form exciting and satisfying.

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, and at the same time, individuals are allowed to develop in the ways they want to develop.

Why I love teaching:
I am an actor at heart. Acting is all about communicating for a higher good, which is also the essence of teaching. I love sharing ideas about theatreand learning new things from students. Some of the best performances I haveever seen in my life have been by Butler Theatre students in class.

Current Projects:

As Producing Artistic Director of the Equity theatre, Indianapolis Shakespeare Company, (formerly known as Heartland Actors’ Repertory Theatre), Diane works with a talented team of professional artists and Butler Theatre interns to produce one of Indianapolis’ best loved arts events: a high quality, fully professional free Shakespeare production in downtown Indy’s White River State Park. Recent productions Diane has produced include The Winter’s Tale, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, and The Taming of the Shrew --all produced in a festival atmosphere with preshow bands, picnics and food trucks. More information about Indy Shakes and the upcoming production of As You Like It on July 27, 28, and 29, 2017 is here:


An accomplished professional actor and director, Diane enjoys Shakespeare and brand new plays. Favorite Shakespeare roles with HART/Indy Shakes include Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Nerissa in Merchant of Venice. Favorite contemporary work at the Phoenix Theatre includes roles in Rancho Mirage, 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-MinuteShakespeare: 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 all kinds of international theatre practices and taught on the Spring 2010 voyage for the Semester at Sea program. Diane enjoys facilitating Butler Theatre’s unique Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist (VITA) program, which brings internationally-recognized theatre artists to Butler to teach and direct or design.

A member of the Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Diane received her 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 250 worldwide, and enjoys teaching a variety of voice, acting, and theatre courses at Butler. She is the proud recipient of the 2014 Butler University Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching.

Diane is also a successful freelance voice coach who works with business people, TV news anchors, preachers, teachers, attorneys, and all sorts of people who want to make a shift in their voice. Clients are often interested in working for more volume, less vocal fry, more power, less nasality, more expressivity, more ease in speaking, more command, and many other topics. Voices are like fingerprints: each one is unique, and Diane enjoys working with a wide range of people to achieve their voice goals.