Born and raised in Chicago's Southside, Back of the Yards neighborhood, Diana is an Afro-Latina author, playwright, poet, professional speaker and producer. She was inspired by her multi-ethnic family to share stories out loud that could draw laughter from a crowd. A former English teacher and sales executive, Diana has performed as an actress and has written, published and/or produced short stories, children's books, poems, TV commercials, indie films, and in 2005 her first play, I'm a Female. . . Seeking a Male, which earned accolades from the Chicago Sun-Times. Diana revised the play, now entitled Come 'n Go, and mounted a wildly successful premiere at The Factory Theatre in Chicago, September 2018. Diana's credits also include co-producing the indie full-feature film, Bloom which premiered at the Chicago Latino Film Festival, won best drama at the Palm Springs Film Festival and earned a Women-in-Film grant.
Diana established Back of the Yards Entertainment in support of independent artists. She performed a virtual monologue of her short story “Spit” with the esteemed nonprofit A New World Of Theater as a way to amplify the stories of systemic racism in 2020. Diana is also a professional speaker working as an advocate for racial injustice and equity in education by presenting to groups and schools. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America, New Playwright’s Exchange Amigos del Rep through the San Diego Rep Theater and the Playwright’s Collective with A New World Theater. She just published her children’s naptime series, The Snugawinks of Cuddleton Falls, is finishing her memoir Growing up with Big Hair and is looking for a new city for her play, Come ‘n Go. You’ll find Diana living the dream in the Chicago area with her husband, family and friends.
About Back of the Yards Entertainment: Back of the Yards Entertainment cultivates a collaborative space for writers, actors, directors, and technicians who are committed to publishing and producing creative works of art that amplify BIPOC and diverse voices through storytelling and creative arts. Founded by Diana Mucci—writer, producer, actor, educator, speaker and mother-of-four—Back of the Yards Entertainment also conducts writing and theatre workshops, in addition to producing festivals for students and adults with a passion for celebrating diversity.