"This energectic performer challenges what ‘old ladies’ can do and say with laughs, sass, and song"
AEA, SAG-AFTRA, AFM – Local 802
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D'yan Forest is a one of a kind performer. She's not just another 82-year-old Singer/Actress, Stand Up Comic, Cabaret Artist. She's an 82-year-old Singer/Actress, Stand Up Comic, Cabaret Artist, who plays the ukulele! Critics have called her everything from "saucy", "witty", and "irrepressible" to names we can’t print here. D'yan has been entertaining around the world for seven decades and at 82, she's busier than ever. Her current one person show, "A Broad Abroad!" has been well received at Fringe Festivals in the United States as well as Le Paname in Paris, where she performs the show in French. She recently performed "A Broad Abroad!" at the NYC Frigid Festival in the East Village, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where the show received rave reviews.
D’yan got into show business early. At the age of 4, she was playing recitals in the living room. Next she picked up the ukulele, started singing and got into a dance band, which led to the trumpet, drums and naturally – the glockenspiel. While attending the Cite Universitaire de Paris, she began appearing in cafes, cabarets and nightclubs throughout the City Of Lights under the stage name, Dianna Shulman. Paris appearances led to performing in other European countries. D’yan developed an international act with songs in nine languages. After returning to the states, she settled in New York City and was soon playing and singing in upscale rooms at the Waldorf, the Plaza and the Park Lane as well as saloons and piano bars, which led to working in the theatre.
D’yan’s New York stage credits include “Gigi”, “Guys And Dolls”, Shaw’s “The Music Cure”, “Ladies In Retirement” and most recently Helen in “Grandmother Sylvia’s Funeral” at The Soho Playhouse. Her film & TV work includes the principal role of The Mother in “Soldier’s Heart”, which has been screened in film festivals throughout the world. Other independent films include “Sweet Flame” with Anne Meara and Mira Sorvino and “Coney Island Baby” directed by Parker Ellerman. D’yan’s appeared on “Saturday Night Live”and Comedy Central as well as national and international commercials and print campaigns.
Over the past few years, not only has D’yan become a fixture in Manhattan Cabarets like The Metropolitan Room, The Duplex, The Ukulele Cabaret and The Cutting Room but she can also be seen working on her distinctive stand up act (complete with ukulele) at Gotham Comedy Club, The Broadway Comedy Club, Le Poisson Rouge, Under St. Marks and Dixon Place (where she has developed her last 2 solo shows).