I'm a theatre director and writer. ​I recently directed a reading of Chronicles of a City We Never Knew by Wael Qadour, at the Gate Theatre. I was also associate director to Alexander Zeldin on both of his recent plays for the National Theatre (Faith, Hope and Charity and Love). 


​I was born in Iraq, I grew up in Birmingham and am now based in London. My first play as director was a modern dress bilingual Arabic-English Othello, which sold out a 3 week run at Barons Court Theatre. I have since then directed new plays by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Martin Crimp, Fiona Doyle, Afsaneh Grey, Hannah Khalil and Silva Semerciyan. 

Assistant and associate credits include The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth, Evening at the Talkhouse by Wallace Shawn, Fireworks by Dalia Taha, Wolf From the Door by Rory Mullarkey and My Name Is by Sudha Bhuchar

I am a trustee on the board of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival, as artistic advisor. I am an associate artist at Manara Theatre co. ​I had my first poem published at the age of 15, and have since then been published in various anthologies. 


You can contact me on diyan.a.zora@gmail.com



selected work

"It's that rarest of things: a genuinely emotionally engaging dilemma play that blossoms into a funny, fully hearted exploration of cultural relativism, moral absolutes and the plurality of womanhood" (The Stage on Gather Ye Rosebuds)

By Silva Semerciyan

Theatre503 / Nightingale Theatre Brighton

WINNER Best New Play Brighton Fringe Festival

Design Pilar Sierra

Photograph Miriam Resino

"It was without doubt one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare I have seen and if children in school or adults cannot see why Shakespeare is our greatest playwright then they should see this production to set the record straight" (Design My Night on Twelfth Night)

Cockpit Theatre

Design Pilar Sierra and Clement De Dadelsen

Photograph Miriam Resino


 Barons Court Theatre

Design Pilar Sierra

Photograph Simon Annand

"There is a moment in this robust and impressive debut production when Emilia (Jennifer Shakesby) delivers a speech on male-female relationships... It bubbles with the possibilities of back story; we feel that an entire second play has gone on before.....Diyan Zora—in her impressive directorial debut—sets a steady course for Shakespeare’s tragedy and utilizes atmosphere and a strong cast to chilling effect." (Play Shakespeare on Othello)

selected associate / staff directing 

Dir. Alexander Zeldin
Design. Natasha Jenkins
by Jez Butterworth
Dir. Sam Mendes
Design. Rob Howell
By Wallace Shawn
Dir. Ian Rickson
Design. Quay brothers
By Rory Mullarkey
Dir. James Mcdonald
Design. Tom Pye
By Dalia Taha
Dir. Richard Twyman
Design. Lizzie Clachlan
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As Director

Tom Fool by Franz Xaver Kroetz (R&D), 2019 

Ms Y by Fiona Doyle, Young Vic Theatre, 2016

Octopus By Afsaneh Gray, Camden People’s Theatre, 2015

Waiting for Summer, Unity Theatre Liverpool, with writing from Martin Crimp, Hassan Abdulrazzak and Hannah Khalil, 2014 

Gather Ye Rosebuds by Silva Semerciyan Theatre503, Nightingale Theatre, Brighton Fringe Festival, 2013 (WINNER BEST NEW PLAY)

As Associate

Faith, Hope and Charity, National Theatre, Dir. Alexander Zeldin, 2019

Love, National Theatre European Tour, Dir. Alexander Zeldin, 2018

The Ferryman, London Gielgud Theatre, Dir. Sam Mendes, 2018


As Assistant / Staff Director

Love, National Theatre and Birmingham Rep, Dir. Alexander Zeldin, 2016/2017

Evening at the Talkhouse, National Theatre, Dir. Ian Rickson, 2015 / 2016

Fireworks, Royal Court, Dir. Richard Twyman, 2015

The Wolf From the Door, Royal Court, Dir. James Macdonald, 2014


Taxi Tales, Tamasha and BBC, Dir Ben Anthony, 2018 (as drama coach)

Why it’s Kicking Off Everywhere, Young Vic Theatre and BBC, Dir. David Lan, 2017 (as assistant


Work with Young People / Community

I have run workshops with community members at the Young Vic, Royal Court, Theatre Royal Haymarket, Tamasha and Arcola Theatres. I have experience working with young people, and refugees and asylum seekers.


Script Reader for Theatre503, Vicky Graham Productions,

Bruntwood Prize and Royal Court

Young Vic Directors Programme Springboard week workshops with various directors

Masters in Human Rights, SOAS, Distinction

Ba Hons Law with English literature, University of Nottingham, 2,1


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