Dianna Cortez

Department of Drama

Instructor, Tepper Semester

Dianna Cortez

Syracuse University's Fisher Center
136 Madison Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York NY 10016

Dianna Cortez is a New York City-based actor, singer, director, and voice/dialect coach. She is also a designated Linklater teacher and Louis Colaianni Speechwork teacher.

Cortez has coached actors on and off Broadway and in Liverpool, England, including work at The New Group Theatre with Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris, and Vincent D’Onofrio. She also worked with Sam Rockwell in the Broadway premiere of “A Behanding in Spokane” and “Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall in the title role in “Antony and Cleopatra” directed by Janet Suzman at the Liverpool Playhouse in Liverpool, England. She is a coach for Shakespeare on the Sound in Connecticut.

Cortez also coaches solo performance artists Susan Stein in “Etty,” Alana Ruban Free in “The Beginner at Life,” and Yokko Usami in her solo performance pieces. She also served as the artistic director for her theater company City Attic Theatre.  

In addition to teaching at the Tepper Semester and other theater programs and institutes, including the Linklater Center for Voice and Language. She also works with clients in her private studio.


  • M.F.A., Southern Methodist University
  • B.A., Central Michigan University