For over thirty years, she has been facilitating writing workshops for all ages, encouraging regular creative practice for a vibrant, productive life and has been working for 13 years as Writer in Residence at Grafton Primary School in Islington, London. She brings a child-like playfulness to all her workshops and a spirit of “let go of thinking and give it a go”.
Her quirky daily writing prompts on Twitter and Facebook are widely enjoyed @WritingBright
Previous participants on Diane’s courses have said:
'Brilliant content. Personable approach.'
'Creative, fun, playful, varied, inspiring, productive, exciting.'
'Excellent tips for getting started.'
'Strong and supportive.'
KINDERTRANSPORT won the Verity Bargate and Meyer-Whitworth Awards, first produced by Soho Theatre Company in 1993, translated into many languages, performed in the West End, Off Broadway and all over the world.
Other plays include THE TRUE-LIFE FICTION OF MATA HARI, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2002; CINDERELLA'S DAUGHTER, Trestle Theatre tour, 2005; HOW TO BEAT A GIANT, Unicorn Theatre, 2007; PERSEPHONE (a love story), with Maurice Chernick, Rosemary Branch, 2013; THE A-Z OF MRS P, with Gwyneth Herbert, Southwark Playhouse, 2014; POPPY + GEORGE, Palace Theatre, Watford, 2016; THIS IS ME, snapshots of girlhood, interactive memoir as monologue, Chickenshed, 2018; THE RHYTHM METHOD, with Gwyneth Herbert, a musical love story (with contraception) funded by the Wellcome Trust, Fertility Fest at the Bush Theatre, 2018; SONG OF DINA, full length opera, music by Maurice Chernick and words by Diane, premiere concerts at St James’s Church, Paddington, and New North London Synagogue, 2019.
Plays for BBC radio, include HEN PARTY, PSYCHE, Woman’s Hour serial, TIGER WINGS.
Her plays and book, "DIANE SAMUELS' KINDERTRANSPORT" are published by Nick Hern Books.
Goldsmiths’ College, London, 1983 to 1984, PGCE Drama.
Central School for Speech and Drama, London. 1987 to 1989, Advanced Diploma in Speech and Drama (distinction).
Hackney Downs School, London - Full time Drama Teacher, 1984 to 1987.
North Westminster Community School - Full time Acting Head of Drama, 1987 to 1988.
Unicorn Theatre, Great Newport Street, WC2. Education Resources Officer, organiser of schools workshop programme and director of youth theatre, 1988 to 1991.
Middlesex University - Visiting Lecturer for BA Writing, 1998 to 2001. Modules taught include: "Image and Imagination"; "Scriptwriting"; "Writing for Screen and Radio"; "Verbal Arts"; individual tutorials with third year students.
Oxford University Dept. of Continuing Education, Tutor for Creative Writing BA, summer school, 2002.
University of Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer for BA in Drama, playwriting module, 2003 and 2005.
Goldsmiths’ College, University of London, Visiting Lecturer for BA in Drama, “Culture and Performance”, 2004.
Reading University. Visiting Creative Writing Fellow, Jan to March, 2007
Homerton Youth Theatre, Hackney. Director/workshop leader, 1985 to 1989.
Arvon Foundation at Totleigh Barton, Devon - tutor for intensive residential creative writing course for one week for 17/18 yr olds, 2010.
TeenInk, US young writers magazine, seminar leader for residential summer school in London – June/July 2007.
TEXT, Writers in Schools project, serving primary and secondary schools in Islington from 2003 to 2007
City of London Girls School, series of playwriting workshops, 2007
Writer in Residence at Grafton School, Islington -eveloping regular writing practice for children throughout the school, ages 5 to 11.
Also projects include: facilitating groups of students to produce "The Runaways" and "The Free Orphan" - booklets of creative writing and animated film (with artist in residence, Tessa Garland); and collaboration with Whittington Hospital to publish children’s guide for other children coming to "Emergency Department - A Child’s Adventure in A & E".
Channing School, Highgate, London – resident writer 2010
Facilitator of regular writers group for adults of all ages aimed at consistent development of creative writing practice.
1 TO1 CONSULTANCY
Free-lance consultant/mentor for individual writers developing works of fiction or drama.
THE PLAY OF THE MONSTER GARDEN
Published by Heinemann, 1992.
Published in UK by Nick Hern Books and in USA by Penguin/Plume, 1995.
Educational publication by Heinemann Plays, 2009.
Chapter ABOUT THEN: HISTORY PLAYS in STATE OF PLAY ed David Edgar
Published Faber and Faber Ltd, 1999
THE TRUE LIFE FICTION OF MATA HARI
Published by Nick Hern Books, 2002
ACROSS THE DIVIDE
contributor to anthology by Muslim/Jewish writers, pub Nov 2004
A WRITER’S MAGIC NOTEBOOK
British Library publication, March 2006
3 SISTERS ON HOPE STREET (with T-A Oberman)
Published by Nick Hern books, 2008
POPPY + GEORGE
Published by Nick Hern Books, 2016
Website : www.dianesamuels.space