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Theatre

Theatre & Dance Department

Gary Diomandes, Ph.D.
Gary Diomandes
Theatre and Dance - Professor

(507) 457-1718
gdiomand@smumn.edu

Gary Diomandes, tenured Professor of Theatre Arts and Program Director of London Study Abroad Program, came to Saint Mary's in 1988. He received his BA from Providence College, MAT from Rhode Island College, and Ph.D. from The Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. His emphasis is in Reader's Theatre, Chamber Theatre, and Compilation Scripting. His play, The Mad Hitch Hiker and Other Stories, a compilation script on youth suicide was produced on campus, in area schools, and in London. Dr. Diomandes teaches Acting, Directing, Theatre Appreciation, Modern Movies, London Theatre: Page to Stage, Theatre in London, and Artscore. He has served as chair of the department in the past.

In London, he has directed Greater Tuna, God's Country, Vanities, Radium Girls, The Shadow Box, Diviners, Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Kennedy's Children, The Dining Room, Side by Side by Sondheim, The Mad Hitch Hiker and Other Stories, Museum, and Working. Shows directed at Saint Mary's have been Guys and Dolls, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Talking With..., When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?, The God of Hell, O Jerusalem, Cabaret, The Laramie Project, Zoo Story, Baby!, Our Country's Good, The House of Blue Leaves, The Boys Next Door, Agnes of God, Anything Goes, Dames at Sea, Godspell, Runaways, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Billy Bishop Goes to War, and many cabarets. He is also an adjunct faculty member for The Union Institute and University.

Scholarly & Creative Interests
Readers/Chamber Theatre
Compilation scripting
Youth Suicide... researched for the play Hold, Please, Mad Hitchhiker and Other Stories, Runaway Street Youths
Theatre dealing with social and political issues
Directing
Acting
Art

Courses Taught Recently at SMU
Artscore
Intro to Acting
Advanced Acting
Theatre Appreciation
Directing I
Directing II
Theatre in London
London Preparaion Seminar
London: Page to Stage
Directing One-Acts
Modern Drama
Modern Movies

Professional Organizations
Association of Core Texts and Courses
Association of Theatre in Higher Education
Arts Advisory Council to Rhode Island Commissioner of Education
Educational Theatre Association of Rhode Island
New England Theatre Conference

Education
Ph.D.,Theatre Arts, The Union Institute,Cincinnati, OH, 1993
M.A.T.,Theatre Arts, Rhode Island College, RI, 1982
B.A., English/Education, Providence College,1970

Teaching Experience
2005 to Present: Professor, Department of Theatre Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2001-2005: Associate Professor, Department of Theatre Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1999 to Present: Adjunct Faculty, The Union Institute and University, Cincinnati, OH
1993-2001: Assistant Professor, Department of Theatre Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1990-1992: Instructor, Preparatory School for the Performing Arts, Winona, MN
1988-1993: Artist in Residence, Department of Theatre Arts, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1984-1986: Instructor, Young Peoples' School for the Performing Arts, Seekonk, MA
1984-1986: Instructor, Department of Performing Arts, Salve Regina University, Newport, RI
1979-1984: Teacher, La Salle Academy, Providence, RI

Other Professional Experience
1996-1997: Consultant, Garmisch Players, Garmisch, Germany

Honors
Directing Fellowship, American College Theatre Festival (Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.)
- One of 25 directors selected nationally to participate in a week long directing symposium conducted by Jerry Freeman

Salve Regina University Recognition Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theatre Arts Education in the State of Rhode Island

Selected Presentations
"Cutting Edge Theatre at the Humana Festival of New Plays at the Actor's Theatre Louisville," 1999 and 2001 Louisville, KY for Doctoral Candidates from The Union Institute

"Performance as Text," Annual Conference, Association for CORE Texts and Courses, Temple University,1996

"Compilation Scripting as a Means for Social and Artistic Change," Presented at the Association for Theatre in Higher Education in Chicago, Illinois,1994

"American WASP Culture and a Comparison of the United States and the British Theatre Scene for the annual meeting of the Friends of the Wimbledon Theatre,1999

Lecture and Discussion on the play KENNEDY's CHILDREN and the Fallout of the 60's - Books, etc., Wimbledon, London

Productions
In London: Presented at the Wimbledon Studio Theatre unless noted otherwise,
2011-Greater Tuna
2010-God's Country
2009-Vanities
2008-Radium Girls
2007-The Shadow Box
2004-The Diviners (Greenwich Playhouse)
2002-Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
2000-Kennedy's Children
1999-The Dining Room
1998-The Mad Hitch Hiker and Other Stories (a compilation on youth suicide Onion Shed Theatre)
1997-Side by Side by Sondheim
1996-Museum
1994-Working

In Garmisch, Germany:
1997-Love Letters
1996-See How They Run

At Saint Mary's University:
2012-Guys and Dolls
2011-25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
2010-Talking With...
2008-When You Comin' Back Red Ryder?
2006-God of Hell
2006-Cabaret
2005-O Jerusalem
2004-Laramie Project
2003-A Zoo Story
2002-Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
2001-Our Country's Good
2001-Kennedy's Children
1999-The Dining Room
1998-Dames at Sea
1997-Museum
1996-Jesse and the Bandit Queen
1996-Bound for Broadway (Candlelight Dinner Cabaret)
1995-Andre's Mother
1995-The House of Blue Leaves
1995-Working
1994-Billy Bishop Goes to War
1994-Moulin Rouge (Candlelight Dinner Cabaret)
1993-The Boys Next Door
1993-Anything Goes
1993-USO Show (Candlelight Dinner Cabaret)