Diana Kolpak

Diana Kolpak

Author
Toronto, ON
Biography

Born in Lethbridge, Alberta to a family filled with entertainers and superb storytellers, Diana grew up being told she could be anything she wanted to be, so she became a writer, director, and performer who now runs Whetstone Productions, a Dora Award-nominated theatre company. Starfall (Red Deer Press), created in collaboration with photographer Kathleen Finlay, is Diana's first children's book. Her play, Bedtime Stories, is published in Ontario Playwrights: Eight Short Plays (Playwrights Canada Press)

Since receiving an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, Diana has developed and directed more than a dozen original productions that have been performed across Canada. She was the first Canadian invited to perform at clownin, an international festival of women clowns, in Vienna, Austria.

Presentations
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A Journey through a Magical World

The stars have fallen, bringing endless winter. Meera is determined to find them and bring light back into her world.

The story of Meera's search for the stars comes to life as author and theatre artist Diana Kolpak reads Starfall, while the book's beautiful images are projected in large format.  The reading takes approximately 20 minutes and is followed by a question and answer period, as well as revelations about the creation process and photography for this unique children's book.

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"Starfall presents a starkly beautiful, original world. Finlay's images are sophisticated, fantastical, and unique...Kolpak's lyrical, melodic prose...works on two levels: as a phimsical tale about a clown, and as an allegory for the triumphy of courage and belief over evil and darkness."  Quill & Quire Starred Review

Technical requirements: projector and screen or blank wall.

Suitable for grades 1 through 5.

Author can bring books to sell upon request. Contact: di@dianakolpak.ca

Presentation type: Reading

Recommended levels: Primary (1-3)

Fees: None