Diana has a varied artistic background, working in theatre & film as a professional actor, singer, dancer, choreographer & improviser for over 25 years. She has worked in such theatres as 7 seasons at the Stratford Festival, Elgin Theatre, ACT in San Francisco, Barbican in the UK, and Second City. You can see Diana on the small screen in such shows as The Handmaids Tail, Mrs. America, Murdoch Mysteries, The Romanoffs, The Detail, and The Coroner. She was the recipient of her hometowns' Arts & Culture Wall of Fame in Niagara Falls in 2012.
Alongside her performance career, Diana created a handbag & accessories company in the early 2000's called FlyBall Bags. She sold to stores across North America as well as at many artisans shows. In 2014, she decided to get formal design & technical training at George Brown College. 16 months later, Diana was awarded the Deans Medal for top GPA in the entire Arts & Design program.
After 2 years of apprenticeship at Lea-Ann Belter Bridal and working in wardrobe in film & TV, it was time to launch her new business, Diana Coatsworth Design to great success at the spring One of a Kind Show. From creating custom bridal and red carpet looks, to having top actors and TV personalities wearing DCD designs to special events, or creating her seasonal collections, she hasn't slowed down a bit!
A Bit About Our Initiative During Covid-19:
In mid March, Diana pivoted due to a extreme halt in her business from the global pandemic. She quickly set up a Facebook group called The Sewing Army and invited her friends to join. Within a month, over 3200 volunteers sewed and delivered over 25,000 pieces of PPE to frontline workers. CAA Ontario joined forces to help deliver finished products safely to organizations. Brother Canada donated refurbished machines for sewists. Many small businesses donated fabrics to the cause.
To date, the PPE donations are over 85,000 to hospitals, shelters, grocery stores, midwifes, transit workers, etc.
See what we’re up to at www.thesewingarmy.com
DCD is for women of any age, who want quality, tailored looks that are "more style, less effort". Fresh, original designs that you can cherish for years. DCD believes in inclusivity with a body positive message. Diana knows shopping for clothes can be a vulnerable experience for some, and she cherishes each of her clients by building a lasting relationship with them.
Currently she resides in downtown Toronto with her partner of 20 years, drummer Kevan McKenzie & their sweet dog Charlie.