On the Couch with Angie Diaz

Ensemble-Angie-Diaz-photo-by-Jaimi-JoyWho is Angie Diaz?
Angie Diaz is an Actor/ Dancer/ Choreographer and Teaching Artist. Originally from Darwin, Angie Trained at WAAPA as a Contemporary Dancer and Choreographer before pursuing her other consuming passion, acting. Angie lived and worked for many years in Sydney before moving to Newcastle on Awabakal Country. She has a beautiful twelve-year-old daughter and a cheeky Cavoodle Reggie.

What would you do differently from what you do now?
If I wasn’t working in the arts, I would have pursued a career in humanitarian aid. I still might…

Who inspires you and why?
I’m inspired by brave people, who work to better humanity to stand up against social injustice, Nina Simone, Adam Goodes, Maria Ressa, my mother and father…

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
I would ensure that herstory not just history was taught in schools.. I would encourage indigenous knowings to be a part of everyday learning in schools, not just for NAIDOC week. I would encourage young people of colour to tell and share their stories. Australia is a colourful vibrant multicultural country.

Favourite holiday destination and why?
I can’t remember it’s been so long since I’ve been overseas… probably Brazil, I do love the culture, the colour, the language, the music and the people.  I lived there for a year many years ago… it always feels like a homecoming.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
Living in Newcastle, it’s hard not to take friends to one of the many beautiful beaches around the Newcastle coastline. Also, the Lock Up Gallery for some contemporary art in a jailhouse.

What are you currently reading?
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko.

What are you currently listening to?
Kate Bush and Robyn.

Happiness is?
Lazy Sunday Mornings with my Family.

What does the future hold for you?
More creative adventures I hope and eventually a trip to the land of my Father, The Philippines.

Angie stars as Mel and has choreographed Ensemble Theatre’s production of The One – which is currently playing at the Ensemble Theatre until 27 August 2022. For more information, visit: www.ensemble.com.au for details.

Image: Angie Diaz – photo by Jaimi Joy