DIA FRID, Artistic Director
She was born in Mumbai , India and grew up in Calcutta, and came to Canada to study with Anton Turzanski , a student of Max Reinhardt’s. While her first love is still acting , she has spent most of her career in the more executive capacities of producer and director.
For seven years, her company, Fanfare Productions in Oakville, ran the successful seasonal musical, MR SCROOGE (cast alumni of which are members of the Shaw and Stratford ensembles). In addition to directing these adaptations, Ms. Frid has directed over 100 plays, including such classics as William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Jean Anouilh’s The Lark, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and the controversial My Name is Rachel Corrie.
Dia has been acting since the age of 10, and she has had the opportunity and the privilege of working with some exceptional artists, to whom she is greatly indebted. She is grateful to have received several awards in this capacity and even some good reviews (!)
Her 25 years of personal coaching and teaching include stints at the University of Toronto’s Erindale campus, Sheridan University, Ryerson University, Canadian Indigenous Theatre, Mayfield School of the Arts, The Creative Theatre Company, First Light Theatre Company .as well as various schools in Oakville, Burlington and Hamilton. She currently teaches drama at the Grace Academy of Performing Arts in Oakville.
Her favourite production remains the original FridKIDS: Natasha and Julian.
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