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Dione brings all of her experience and technique to dramaturgy, but importantly she pairs this with a deep, embodied understanding of power dynamics across the fields of representation and interpretation. She won’t let you fall into the lazy, easy tropes and supports you in telling the version of the story that you need to tell – this means that she doesn’t just support your creative practice but demands the best of you.
Dione has an innate ability to create safe theatre spaces, and in doing so brings out a raw authenticity in performers. She takes a holistic approach to dramaturgy, working on the script and the actors in equal measure. Dione is fierce in her support of artists’ ideas, and has the gift of bringing visions to life, by actively uplifting marginalised voices and nurturing young talent.
This true crusader delved into the psyche of Asian playwrights to unpack scenes allowing writers to clarify plot, character, themes and genres. Diones’ playful approach meant actors could explore archetypes, discover character qualities hidden in the text and practice techniques from Meisner to meditation to bookend workshop sessions. A nurturing way of maintaining focus and energy levels, if only we had more time with you.
Dione’s monologue workshop is ideal for anyone who is keen to express their inner truth more fully. She provides excellent methods to foster your creativity and to make the process of creating a monologue straightforward and fun. She draws on her experience as a director, actress, and dramaturg to provide insight into all aspects of monologue creation – from conception through to writing and performance.
It is such a pleasure and wonderful learning experience to work with Dione. I’m currently in the process of writing my first play with her help as my dramaturg. To start with, I had only a written dialogue and didn’t know how to move forward but she showed me the way. After each of our session, I am not only inspired but have a clear sense of direction of what the next steps are to keep developing. She’s incredibly talented, experienced and supportive. She knows exactly how to stimulate the creative process and build a play. I could not recommend working with Dione enough. The play is shaping up very nicely thanks to her invaluable guidance and support.