Diana Lawrence is a singer, songwriter, pianist and music director based in Chicago. She has performed at venues ranging from Symphony Center and the Auditorium Theatre to the Green Mill and the Double Door. This year, in conjunction with Route 66 Theatre, Diana composed the music for NEXT STOP: a new Chicago musical. As a singer/songwriter, Diana has been compared to Ben Folds, Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor (Chicago Sun-Times), and her band, Diana & the Dishes, released their debut album, “Take A Picture” in August 2010. She released her second solo EP, “To: Aging Children,” in late summer 2012; it is now available on CDBaby, iTunes and Bandcamp, as well as Spofity and other streaming services.
Diana has become known for her ability to work in a wide variety of musical styles and with performers of all kinds. As a pianist, Diana has accompanied singers, instrumentalists and choirs, from young students to seasoned professionals. She also works regularly as an improvising pianist for theatre, dance, comedy, and performance poetry. Diana has been a professional musical director since her teens, and has worked with a wide variety of Chicago theatres including The Second City, Porchlight Music Theatre and Apple Tree Theatre. A classically-trained vocalist, Diana also gigs regularly with jazz combos and pop bands in Chicago. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Diana holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan.