Diane StilesVice President / Performance Programs and Initiatives
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Diane Stiles is the Vice President/Performance Programs and Initiatives for All Stars Project (ASP) and is a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Diane is responsible for executing the strategic goals of ASP’s performance programs and extending ASP’s digital reach. She directs a cross-functional national team and plays a key operational role in our newest initiatives, Social Development Partners and Operation Conversation. In addition, Diane oversees the advancement of ASP’s production capabilities and external training functions, and she directs theatre and performance programming at the 42nd Street performing arts and development center.
Prior to her current role, Diane was the VP of Programs for ASP of New York from 2014–2020, and played a key leadership role in the expansion of Operation Conversation: Cops & Kids. For this, she oversaw the design and execution of workshop facilitator training and the production of Demonstration Workshops, which together brought out thousands of community members and officers from the New York City Police Department. Diane was first hired in the late 1990s as Managing Director of the Castillo Theatre, which she helped establish as one of New York City’s leading political theatres, creating collaborations with playwrights, theatre artists, and companies such as Woodie King, Jr.’s New Federal Theatre, Desmond Richardson, Ntozake Shange, New Yiddish Rep, and the Negro Ensemble Company. In addition, Diane executive produced the Otto Rene Castillo Awards for Political Theatre and the bi-annual Performing the World conference from 2010–2018.
Before joining All Star Project, Diane held positions at The Pierpont Morgan Library, the Merce Cunningham Foundation, and the College Board. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute.