LYNEA DIAZ-HAGAN is a playwright-director, composer, vocalist, and installation artist whose work combines traditional dramatic storytelling with innovative sound design and electroacoustic composition.
Her most recent project, The Education of Addy Jimenez—a play about American identity, systemic and domestic violence, and the quest for the American dream—was independently produced in December 2018 with the support of a CA$H | Theatre Grant from Theatre Bay Area.
In February 2018, she performed her original musical theater work, Ocean, about a woman adrift at sea after a catastrophic storm. Developed and directed by Katie Rubin and performed with pianist Dan Zemelman, drummer Wally Schnalle, and narrator Vicki Victoria, Ocean was produced at SAFEhouse Arts in February 2018.
Previous projects include Coulterville, a multimedia installation exhibited at Live Worms Gallery, about an outpost of survivors after cataclysmic climate change events, and Dendrochronology: A Work in Progress, a soundscape exploring the sonic dance between nature, people, and industrialization in a California logging town. Both pieces were developed with artist grants from North Street Collective.
As a vocalist, Lynea has had a long-term collaboration with pianist-composer Ramin Zoufonoun on projects combining the jazz and Persian classical traditions; Baharaneh, a sixty-minute celebration of the Iranian festival of spring, was sponsored by the Iranian Studies department of San Jose State University, and Paradox of Balance was curated by Jon Raskin for the Center for New Music.
Beyond her work as a writer and performing artist, Lynea loves helping people honor the truth of who they are through education, healing work, and spiritual practice. She teaches writing through her consulting company, Windhorse Writing, and is a certified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner, specializing in helping artists and writers work through creative blocks and professional difficulties. Over the past year, she has facilitated a series of contemplative workshops for the artists-in-residence at North Street Collective in Mendocino County.
Lynea earned her MFA in Screenwriting from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, an MA in Jazz Studies/Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, and BA in English from Yale University. She is currently a RAW Resident Artist at SAFEhouse Arts.