Diana Tso is a theatre artist, playwright, storyteller, artist in education & Dora award winning actor. She’s a graduate of the University of Toronto with an honors BA in English Literature & of Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq in France. She’s worked with diverse theatres internationally for over 18 years. Most recently she performed in Les Misérables with Theatre Smith-Gilmour and at the 2017 Stratford Festival in Bakkhai and The Komagata Maru Incident. Her plays, Red Snow (2012) and Comfort (2016) bring to light the stories of World War Two in Asia. Upcoming she’ll be performing in Modern Times Stage Company’s The Cherry Orchard.
When did you first think of yourself as an artist?
I thought of myself as an artist when I first performed as an actor on stage in a new play called “Worlds Between” at the Toronto Fringe Festival. It was a play that wove together Chinese opera story in a mythological world that paralleled a contemporary story about a writer. That night I decided to pursue my a career in theatre and moved to Paris a year later to study at Ecole Internationale de Théâtre de Jacques Lecoq in Paris, France.
Who helped you develop your voice as an artist?
My Mom has always been there to stand strong near, far and within me to pursue my dreams to do whatever I loved to do.
What’s something that’s inspired you this week?
The perseverance and love of artists around me and in the city creating and performing stories is such an inspiration to be part of such a vibrant community!
What’s your favorite restaurant in the city to visit?
Bonjour Brioche is one of many favorites.
What do you want to see more of on Toronto stages?
It would be great to see and be part of more international collaborative creators between Canadian artists with other artists in other countries to witness theatre pieces where cultures and different languages collide and dialogue, exploring boundaries and bridges in our stories and expressions of them.
Diana is currently performing in her play The Monkey Queen
on stage November 15 - December 2, 2018 at the Theatre Centre.