With a passion for all aspects of the entertainment industry, Diana Martinez has accumulating over 20 years of, directing, and producing experiences.
Diana’s extensive involvement throughout the Chicago Area is evident in positions she’ held and the accomplishments she’s achieved. Diana was recently named the Chief Administration and Marketing Officer for the legendary Second City in Chicago.
She started her professional career as the Executive Director of Entertainment and Marketing for Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center in St. Charles. There she directed and produced over 40 musical theatre productions, managed the production and marketing strategies for the main stage Theatre, Children’s Theatre, and all special events.
In her last position as Executive director for Paramount Theatre in Aurora Illinois she was involved in the community by producing the city-wide annual Aurora Idol Competition dedicated to supporting the talents of youth in Aurora for four summers. There she also created “Dreams Do Come True” program which was dedicated to bringing live-theatre to underprivileged children. The fund sent over 8000 children to a live theatre performances at the Paramount. During her tenure she was responsible for the fundraising and construction of the beautiful $6.6 million dollar lobby of the beautiful and historic Paramount. She broadened the fare of entertainment from boutique shows to large concert and Broadway tours resulting in substantial increased revenues and recognition for Paramount Theatre as one of the Top 10 theatres of The League of Chicago Theatres from 2004-2008.
In addition to her extensive work throughout the area, she has also acquired experience producing and directing national tours working on ten tours for the well-known, country-singing star Kenny Rogers’, writing and directing, the his Annual Christmas Show.
Diana is honored to be a part of STAND UP! and this amazing project. She dedicates her work on the show to the teens of our communities. She hopes that this show inspires them to Stand up for themselves and realize there is a “whole big world out there just waiting for you. Believe in yourself and in your dreams…work hard, and anything is possible”.
She has been awarded the Influential Women in Business Award in 2002, and The Award for Business Excellence in 2003, she was named Today’s Young Executive in 2003 by the Business Ledger, and awarded The Hispanic Hero Award in 2002 by the Chicago Fire. She is currently the Vice President for The League of Chicago Theatres.