Diane Timmerman has taught in the Butler University Department of Theatre since 1993 and currently serves as Chair. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. She received her M.F.A.in Acting from Indiana University and her B.A. in Theatre and German from Southern Illinois University. Diane studied for one year at the University of Hamburg on a German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship (DAAD) and for one year at the University of Vienna. Diane is a Designated Linklater Voice Teacher, one of about 250 worldwide, and enjoys teaching a variety of voice, acting, and theatre courses at Butler. She is the proud recipient of the 2014 Butler University Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching.
Diane serves as Producing Artistic Director of the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company (formerly known as Heartland Actors Repertory Theatre), which produces the very popular, fully professional Shakespeare productions in downtown Indys White River State Park each summer.
An accomplished professional actor, Dianes favorite Shakespeare roles with HART/Indy Shakes include Emilia in Othello, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Nerissa in Merchant of Venice. Favorite contemporary work includes roles at the Phoenix Theatre in Rancho Mirage, August: Osage County, Next Fall, November, Bug, Beautiful Thing and others. Diane has appeared with the Human Race Theatre Company in Ohio in Spinning Into Butter and Beautiful Thing. Other credits include Angel Street at the Indiana Repertory Theatre and numerous productions on Chicago stages. Diane has appeared in many commercials and films, including Amanda for Adrenaline Motion Pictures and The Package with Gene Hackman. Dianes books include: Spare Scenes: 60 Skeletal Scenes for Acting and Directing; 90-Minute Shakespeare: A Midsummer Nights Dream; 90-Minute Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet. As a director, Ms. Timmerman focuses on Shakespeare, brand new plays, and voicescapes. Diane is a two-time recipient of the Creative Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She loves all kinds of international theatre practices and taught on the Spring 2010 voyage for the Semester at Sea program. Diane enjoys facilitating Butler Theatres unique Christel DeHaan Visiting International Theatre Artist (VITA) program, which brings internationally-recognized theatre artists to Butler to teach and direct or design for a semester-long residency.
Diane is also a successful freelance voice coach who works with actors, business people, TV news anchors, preachers, teachers, attorneys, and others seeking to make a shift in their voice. Every voice is unique, and Diane enjoys helping others achieve their voice goals.