Diane Exavier

Diane Exavier

Artist in Residence
Phone: (805) 565-7040
Email: theatre@westmont.edu
Office Location: Porter Hall

Office Hours
By Appointment

Playwriting, theatre studies

Diane Exavier writes, makes, thinks a lot, and laughs even more. An artist hailing from Brooklyn by way of her family's journey from Haiti, Diane's work is most concerned with what she calls the 4L's: love, loss, legacy, and land. She creates performance events, public programs, and games that challenge and invite audiences to participate in the active realization of a theater that rejects passive reception. Diane is a three-time recipient of the Roland Wood Fellowship for Theater Studies from Amherst College, where she completed her B.A. in Theater + Dance. She recently received her MFA in Writing for Performance from Brown University.

Her work has been presented at Westmont College, California State University: Northridge, Sibiu's International Theater Festival in Romania, New Urban Arts (Providence), West Chicago City Museum, and in New York: Bowery Poetry Club, Dixon Place, Independent Curators International, Brick Theater, Medialia Gallery, The Invisible Dog, and more. Her writing appears in Daughter Literary Magazine, Cunjuh Magazine, The Atlas Review, The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, amongst other publications. Her chapbook Teaches of Peaches, a collection of essays and poems, will be published by TAR in Summer 2017. Her latest play, Good Blood, an honorable mention on the 2017 Kilroys List, was recently workshopped in residency at the Flea Theater.

As an arts educator, Diane’s pedagogy particularly focuses on creating spaces for conversation and self-expression with teens and college students. Some organizations she has worked with include ArtsConnection, Community MusicWorks, Goat Hill Writers, New Urban Arts, Providence Public Library, RISD Museum, the Swearer Center for Public Service, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is a member of SHIFT, an NYC-based collective of cultural workers committed to imagining arts and cultural education outside of existing oppressive paradigms.