LYNEA DIAZ-HAGAN is a multidisciplinary artist whose work combines traditional dramatic storytelling with electroacoustic composition, vocal performance, and sound installation.
Her current project, The Visit—a play about American identity, systemic and domestic violence, and the quest for the American dream—will be produced in December 2018 supported by CA$H | Theatre, a grants program of Theatre Bay Area, and fiscal sponsorship from SOMArts.
Lynea’s most recent production, Ocean, is an original musical theater work that combines live performance and sound installation to take the audience on a coming-of-age journey that explores moral responsibility and climate change. 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 discover and honor the truth of who they are through education, artistic practice, and entrepreneurship. For the past ten years, she has coached youth and adults through her company, Windhorse Writing. As a consulting instructor for the National University of Singapore’s Overseas Colleges, she teaches entrepreneurship students to articulate their ideas with power and clarity; several students she has coached have won funding and recognition in pitch competitions. Through her work as a pitch consultant and meeting facilitator, Lynea has empowered the leadership of several startups based in Los Angeles and the Bay Area.
Deepening her work with artists and entrepreneurs, Lynea works with clients as a certified Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) practitioner, helping them resolve creative blocks and professional difficulties. She also enjoys facilitating creativity and mission development workshops for nonprofit organizations in San Francisco and 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.