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Diana Grisanti


Diana Grisanti firmly believes that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, which is to say that she writes funny scripts about terrible things. Her work usually features imperfect (even unlikeable!) characters who must figure out how to navigate the systems that oppress them. She’s written about rape culture, white supremacy, fracking, and neoliberalism. She’s also written about Harry Houdini, karaoke, and the healing power of garlic. In both the classroom and the rehearsal room, Diana strives to build anti-racist, feminist spaces where students and artists can discuss passionately and argue productively.

Her work has been developed or produced at Actors Theatre of Louisville, Kentucky Shakespeare, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Actors Bridge Ensemble (Nashville), the Phoenix Theatre (Indianapolis), Borderlands Theater (Tucson), Voices of the South (Memphis), The Lark (NYC), The Alliance Theatre (Atlanta), and more. She has also written multiple plays and television pilots with her spouse and collaborator, Steve Moulds. Currently, she’s working on The Class of ’94, a play about a scandal at an all-girls’ Catholic high school.


  • River City (Woodstock, IL: Dramatic Publishing Company, forthcoming)
  • That High Lonesome Sound, included in Humana Festival 2015: The Complete Plays, (New York: Playscripts, 2016)
  • Post Wave Spectacular, included in Humana Festival 2010: The Complete Plays (New York: Playscripts, 2011)

Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • Ongoing: Playwright in Residence, Theatre [502], Louisville, KY
  • 2016 – 2017: Writer-in-Residence, Vanderbilt University
  • Spring 2016: Fred Coe Playwright in Residence, Vanderbilt University
  • 2015: Winner of InterAct 20/20 Development Award for The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep
  • 2014 – 2015: Al Smith Fellow, Kentucky Arts Council
  • March 2014: Guest Artist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
  • September 2013: Guest Artist, University of Notre Dame, Maryland
  • 2012: Nominee for Humanitas Award for Parks and Recreation spec script, “Save JJ’s”
  • 2012: Winner of Austin Critics’ Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award for River City
  • June 2012: Core Apprentice, The Playwrights’ Center (Minneapolis)
  • June 2011: Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Award, Lilly Awards, NYC
  • 2009 – 2012: James A. Michener Fellow, The University of Texas at Austin