Diana Grisanti
Affiliated Writer
Louisville, KY

Diana Grisanti is a Playwright in Residence at Theatre [502] in Louisville, Kentucky. Her plays include The Patron Saint of Losing Sleep (premiere: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte), River City (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere), AbileneSemantics, and Mandatory (commissioned and produced by Weber State University). She was a contributing writer on the bluegrass-inspired anthology That High Lonesome Sound, which premiered in the 2015 Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville.

She has written multiple plays for young actors and audiences: Dorina and the Plague (Commonwealth Theatre Center), Extracurricular, or The World Is Caving In on My Little Brain (Idyllwild Arts Academy), and The Starkweather-South High School Physics Club First Annual End-of-Year Lock-In, or Ghost Party (commissioned and produced by Cleveland Play House).

She has also co-written three plays with her spouse and colleague, Steve Moulds: The Two Lobbyists of Verona, the first world premiere in the history of Kentucky Shakespeare; The Stranger and Ludlow Quinn, a serialized epic in 11 parts; and The Baker Goes to War, a socialist play for children.

Diana has been a Core Apprentice at the Playwrights’ Center, a recipient of the Marsha Norman Spirit of Achievement Lilly Award, an Al Smith Fellow through the Kentucky Arts Council, and a Writer in Residence at Vanderbilt University. Currently, she is at work on Lawbreakers! (a Fast and Furious History of Women’s Suffrage) for StageOne Family Theatre and Bowling for Beginners, an athletic theatrical event for Vanderbilt University.