As the winner of the 2021 Genesis Future Directors Award, Diyan directed Klippies by Jessica Sian at the Young Vic Theatre. She also recently directed The Maladies by Carmen Nasr at the Almeida Theatre (currently postponed) and worked with Alexander Zeldin as an Associate Director across Faith, Hope and Charity and Love, his latest plays at the National Theatre. 


Iraqi born and Birmingham raised, Diyan currently resides in London where her first play as Director - a bilingual Arabic/English Othello - sold out a 3 week run at the Barons Court Theatre. She has since directed new writing by Hassan Abdulrazzak, Martin Crimp, Fiona Doyle, Afsaneh Grey, Hannah Khalil and Silva Semerciyan. 


Other Assistant and Associate credits include: The Ferryman by Jez Butterworth (Gielgud Theatre), Evening at the Talkhouse by Wallace Shawn (National Theatre), Fireworks by Dalia Taha (Royal Court), Wolf From the Door by Rory Malarkey (Royal Court) and My Name Is... by Sudha Buchar (Arcola Theatre & UK Tour).   


Diyan is an Artistic Advisor and trustee on the board of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival as well as being an Associate Artist at the newly founded Manara Theatre Company, championing the work of Middle Eastern and North African playwrights by presenting classical and contemporary plays from the region to Western audiences. 



By Jessica Sian

Young Vic Theatre, August 2021

Winner of the Genesis Future Director's Award




Diyan is represented by Clare Vidal-Hall Management

She can also be contacted directly at diyan.a.zora@gmail.com