Diana Elizabeth Jordan always knew she would be an actor one day. She grew up determined and tenacious. In fact, it’s quite likely those qualities that saved her life. When she was born doctors worked on her for 45 minutes until she could breathe on her own and at the age of 2 years old she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

However, she didn’t let diversity and shyness get in the way of her dream of becoming an award-winning actor who has been cast in over 40 roles on theatre, film, and television.

She’s also a speaker, educator, advocate, director, producer, and entrepreneur.

Disability is truly intersectional. It does not discriminate. Click To Tweet

Diana says when it comes to her career and doing what she loves she always asks for what she wants even if there a chance that it won’t work in her favour.  She says the only way to guarantee it won’t happen is to never try but if you do try you increase the opportunity by 50%.

Diana is a wonderful role model for anyone who has ever struggled with feeling different or like they don’t fit in. If you’ve got a comment about this episode, we’d love to read it.

About Diana…

Episode 95 - Diana Elizabeth Jordan - Disability does not discriminateDiana Elizabeth Jordan is a living example of triumphing over adversity and resiliency. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy (which mildly affects her speech and gait) around age 2, she grew up with a tenacious determination to not to let adversity stand in the way of achieving her dreams. Diana was the first actress with a disability to obtain a Masters of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University Long Beach. She also holds certificates in Occupational Therapy (University of Kansas), Social Emotional Arts ( UCLA) and is currently training to become a drama therapist As an award-winning actress, she has been cast in over 40 plays, film and television and is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association. Diana is also a producer and director and she can currently be seen as Ella in the horror film Edge of Isolation (written and directed by Jeff Houkal) now on Amazon.

Diana’s passion for the power of the expressive arts inspired her to create The Rainbow Butterfly Café, an edutainment production company where she uses powerful performances and expressive arts tools and strategies to, impact and empower audiences in inclusive diversity, disability intersectionality, cultivating resiliency, personal growth, and professional development… Whether portraying a character or sharing a personal story, Diana touches the hearts of audiences with her humor, creativity, vulnerability, and honesty.

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