produced by The New Colony | Co-directed by Diana Raiselis & Katrina Dion (fall 2017)

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produced by Pride Films and Plays (fall 2016)

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Co-directed and produced by Diana Raiselis and Spencer Neiman (2014-15)

Quarterly series of BYOB house-party/performance mashup nights, all created for and around the Slaymaker loft space it calls home.  Featuring new site-specific works by up-and-coming Chicago playwrights, poets, dancers, vaudevillians, musicians, and more.  Learn more.

 Photo by Carolyn Reynolds Photography

Photo by Carolyn Reynolds Photography

THIRST: a climate change theatre action

Jackalope Theatre Company
Co-directed and produced by Kaiser Ahmed and Diana Raiselis

In collaboration with NoPassport, The Arctic Cycle, and Theatre Without Borders, THIRST brings together new plays and poems from 7 different countries with original music and a dash of science.  One of 90+ worldwide events, THIRST is presented as part of a theatre action on an urgent international issue.  Learn more.

 Graphic Design by Jake Freund

Graphic Design by Jake Freund


Chicago 1-Minute Play Festival 2015 & 2016

The Den Theatre, Chicago  
Photos by High Five Foto
2016: 1MPF Chicago pilots its first all-female-directed and -written festival, with over 70 writers and 11 directors participating. 

Across America, 1MPF serves as an annual "community mind map" of the city at this moment--exploring everything from gentrification and gun violence to Rahm Emanuel and Chicago winter.

The Rise and Fall of Everything in the World

SKETCHBOOK 14, Collaboraction (May 2014)
By Brooke Allen
Directed by Diana Raiselis
Photos by Anna Sodziak

When two impulsive beings discover the newfound power to create anything they can imagine...how much is too much?

Thank You, Everything!

Vertigo Productions at Northwestern University (February, 2011)
By Ed Krystosek
Directed by Diana Raiselis, movement direction by Crescence Birder
Photos by Justin Barbin

Ecstatic and musical on a grand scale, Thank You, Everything! follows a group of friends reuniting on the road for the comeback tour of the band they followed in their youth--but a decade later, must contend with changing relationships, growing older, and the pressure to join the "real world" at last.


Sit & Spin Productions at Northwestern University (September, 2011)
Music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, book by Roger O. Hirson
Directed by Diana Raiselis, choreography by Brandon Powers, music direction by Matt Deitchman
Photos by Justin Barbin Photography

Newly graduated from university with the world at his feet, Pippin seeks the adventure and excitement he believes he is due.  But after trying his hand at war, romance, revolution, and the ultimate Finale, he realizes that nothing is as "extraordinary" as it seems.  Rock-inflected orchestrations, athletic choreography, and an intimate staging bring this 1972 musical into the modern day.