Diana Burbano


Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is a playwright, an Equity actor, and a teaching artist at Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble.

Diana's play Ghosts of Bogotá won the Nu Voices Festival at the Actors Theatre of Charlotte in 2019. Ghosts was commissioned and debuted at Alter Theater in the Bay Area in Feb 2020.

She was in Center Theatre Group’s 2018-19 Writers Workshop cohort and Geffen’s Writers Lab 20-21. In addition, she has worked on community projects with South Coast Repertory, Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble, and Center Theatre Group.

Plays: Beheading Columbus, developed at the Geffen, Eugene O’Neill Playwright Festival finalist 2023, Sapience, Playground-SF 2020, Winner Latinx Theatre Festival, San Diego Rep 2020, Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2020, Policarpa, Semi-finalist O’Neill 2018, Finalist Bay Area Playwrights Festival 2018, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017, Drama League Rough Draft series May 2017, Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award 2017, Parsnip Ship 2017.

Fabulous Monsters, Playwrights Arena production 2020 (postponed), Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017, Festival51 2016 winner 

Picture me Rollin 35th William Inge Festival, Inkfest/2cents, 

Silueta, (about Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, Listen to the play at play4keeps.org/play/silueta/

Caliban’s 2017 Headwaters New Play Festival at Creede Repertory. (Published by YouthPLAYS). The short piece Linda was written for the 365 Women a Year project and has been featured in more than 20 festivals over the last year, including Center Theatre Group’s community series. Diana recently played Amalia in Jose Cruz Gonzales' American Mariachi at South Coast Repertory and Arizona Theatre Company and Marisela in La Ruta at Artists Repertory. You can also see her as Viv the Punk in the cult musical Isle of Lesbos.

Guild Council: California - South

I am honored to be on the Guild Council: Southern California. The region's theatre scene is rich and diverse but not particularly unified. I want to explore how we can come together as a community.  I have benefited from the generosity of other writers and their networks; I  hope to do the same for other writers. Information is power, and the more we know what is going on in the region and the more we share information about how theatres have treated us, the better off ALL of us will be.


Diana Burbano, a Colombian immigrant, is a playwright, an Equity actor, a teaching artist at South Coast Repertory, and Literary Manager at Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble and Alter Theater.