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Dianna is a New York City based actor, singer, director and voice/dialect coach.  She has also coached actors On and Off Broadway and in Liverpool, including work at The New Group Theatre with Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Vincent D’Onofrio. She also worked with Sam Rockwell in the Broadway premiere of A Behanding in Spokane, and  “Sex and the City” star, Kim Cattrall in the title role in Antony and Cleopatra directed by Janet Suzman at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England, and is a coach for Shakespeare On The Sound (in CT)—most recently coaching MacBeth, Hamlet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  Dianna also coaches Solo Performance Artists: Susan Stein in Etty; Alana Ruban Free in The Beginner at Life, and Yokko Usami in her solo performance pieces.  She also served as the Artistic Director for her theatre company City Attic Theatre.  She is currently an adjunct professor of voice and speech for the NYU students at The Lee Strasberg Institute, as well as students at Syracuse University/Tepper Program in NYC (B.F.A), Circle in the Square Drama School, PACE University (B.A.-Film/TV/Commercial/Voice Over), The Linklater Center for Voice and Language, and works with clients in her private studio in NYC.  She’s taught classes at The Actor’s Studio, LAByrinth Theatre, The New Actor’s Workshop, and The Hagen Institute—HB Studio.  She’s previously taught classes in the M.F.A program at The Boston Conservatory and the B.F.A program at Montclair State University. She’s also created Voice into Shakespeare month-long summer intensives at Eastern Washington University.  Mrs. Cortez was a respondent and selector in the Semi-finals for the Kennedy Center/ACTF in Region I, and is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA). Dianna is an MFA in Acting from Southern Methodist University, and a BA in Vocal Performance and Acting from Central Michigan University.  She is a Designated Linklater Teacher and Louis Colaianni Speechwork teacher.