“…when Diana’s on stage, she steals all the attention. Diana’s performance kept me on my feet and craving for more… did not want the show to end.”
Q&A Monday 30th of April 2012 (ABC)
Diana was invited to represent the Greater Dandenong community on the Q&A Dandenong TV special. It was a nerve-wrecking learning curve for me who has dreamt of being on TV for more than 20seconds and LIVE. I learnt alot from that experience. On that same night, was the 37th anniversary of the Vietnamese War ending, and Diana spoke about the struggles of the Vietnamese community settlement in Australia in the 90’s but “look us at now.” Read about it here.
5 Ways To Disappoint Your Vietnamese Mother
In 2008, Diana’s short story was published in Alice Pung’s anthology “Growing Up Asian in Australia.” This book was
added to the VCE English book list, and second generation Australians have connected with 5 ways because of it’s genuinely funny relationship between a Vietnamese mother, and a teenage daughter. Diana guest speaks at local government events and schools and the short story has been republished twice. What are your 5 ways? Read it here.
Phi and Me
Herald Sun said, “It is Pantomine on Crack.” 4.5 Stars Phi and Me was created in 2010, and debuted at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2011. The history includes: Herald Sun reviews: 4 stars for Phi and Me and 4.5 stars for Phi and Me Too in 2012 Sold Out shows in all four seasons – Phi and Me, Phi and Me Too, PhiL and Me and this year’s Australian Tour Phi and Me, We’re Back. Phi and Me has performed internationally including Orange County, California USA, nationally – Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and in Melbourne stretching from Melbourne to Melton, Rosebud, Springvale, Footscray and Richmond. In 2014, Phi and Me crowded $11k to make the first Vietnamese Australian family comedy webseries.
In 2013, Diana collaborated with Felix Ching Ching Ho, created and performed a solo cabaret called, Viet Kieu – The Australian Vietnamese No 1 outcast. The show was mounted at the Butterfly Club during Fringe, and was warmly received by the audience. Viet Kieu’s journey of an outcast. of not fitting in being Vietnamese or Australian and somewhere in the middle, which included songs, “Juicy Milky Hips” “Where do you come from?” and “Do you know why I do this?” Review of Viet Kieu in The Age 2013.
In 2015, Diana redeveloped VIET KIEU, and performed at La Mama’s exploration season.
JOHN BOLTON THEATRE SCHOOL
So I have decided to go back to school at the ripe age of 31. For me. “So with this, I would like to announce that I was offered a place in fantastic theatre school and I have accepted the offer. This means I will be going school for an intense 4 months, 5 days a week studying and making performance at the John B
olton Theatre School in Melbourne. It all starts from August to December and I am incredibly excited.” To read more click here – Play School News Week 1 – Blog Post Week 9 – When I met Malcolm, my clown
AFL Multicultural Round Commentator for 2015 & 2016
Diana loves football. Diana is also Vietnamese, and in the last 2 years Diana has been invited to commentate the AFL
Diana has appeared on Friday Front Bar and Fox Footy 360. For more click here for the BLOG.
Tears in the Rain In 2007, Diana wrote and performed in Tears in the Rain (directed by Karen Berger with Platform Theatre), a performance about her mother’s refugee experience. During this period Diana had studied Vietnam war in university, and was working with refugees in the South Eastern suburbs. She realised their stories were universal, of surrender, escape, sacrifice and struggle.
The Racism: Get Up Speak Out program won the Federal Local Government Diversity Award in 2014.
The program involved many components, and Diana’s Forum Theatre program was a great success. Read Diana’s story here, and watch the winning initiative program – “Multicultural Australia – Strength in Diversity’ award at the National Awards for Local Government in June 2014.” For more information click here.
Melbourne Theatre Company – Connect Ambassador
I have been an ambassador for 2 years, and will continue in 2016. I performed a reading for the MTC Neon Festival in July 2015, by Sean McIntyre and directed by Marco Romeo at the Southbank Theatre. The opportunity came through by my role as Ambassador for MTC and Multicultural Arts Victoria, and a very good audition. I hope to have future opportunities at MTC, and diversify the MTC audience membership.
Greater Dandenong Council, City of Monash, City of Kingston, City of Mariybrnong, City of Brimbank, City of Melbourne, City of Melton, City of Yarra, City of Ivanhoe, Kingston Council, City of Sydney, Stonnington Council, Whittlesea Council.
Noble Park English Language School, Killester College, St Joesph’s PS, St Anthony’s Noble Park, Wellington Secondary, Rosebud Secondary College, XLR Tuition centre, Richmond West PS, Deer Park SC, Epping SC, Mahogany PS
The Song Room, Southern Ethnic Advisory and Adocacvy Council, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Vietnamese Student Association, Australian Vietnamese Women’s Association, Springvale Learning and Activities Centre, Springvale Neighbourhood House, The Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Centre of Multicultural Youth, Multicultural Arts Commission, Southern Health, South Migrant Refugee Centre, Melbourne Immigration Museum, ERHMA, AMES, Foundation House, Springvale Literacy Centre, Big West Festival, Immigration Museum In 2011, Diana was interviewed and documented in the Melbourne Immigration Museum exhibition, “Identity.” The exhibit will be at the Museum for 10 years, and has a huge collection of stories and exhibits from Australians from different cultures.