Is there anything more satisfying than saying, "I got it." Whether it is the role on Broadway, a huge capital investment, or seven lines on Law & Order: SVU, it represents more than a momentary accomplishment. It’s the opportunity to put your heart and talent into a project and connect with an audience of some kind. It's what great careers are made of.
Presentations must be solid. Speeches needs to persuade.  Whether for a pitch, an event, an interview, or an audition, confidence is key.
I give you the tools and confidence when the stakes are high and hours are limited. The time to prepare is now. 

executive coaching

Let’s face it, life does not follow a 9-5 schedule and not all needs fall into tidy categories. I’ve helped professionals and actors for more than 20 years prepare for the event at hand. I’m ready to help you, no matter the challenge and at all times. 

coach on call

Called in for an audition with little time to prepare? Have a call-back and know your competition is tough? We can get you prepared, even if you have less than 24 hours notice.

refine your skills

Know that your skills need refining but keep avoiding the issue at hand? Have time to prepare but not sure where to start? Tackling new material or a new presentation can be daunting. I can get you on track, motivated, and prepared.

Opportunities include: 


  • For the Business Executive – Using similar techniques that Broadway actors apply to role preparation, this work benefits professionals in all areas of their work

    • Prepping for meetings and conferences

    • Refining pitches and presentations

    • Speech and Public Relations Interview Preparation

  • For the Professional Actor​

    • Specific Audition -- Preparation for audition that not only makes the actor feel prepared, comfortable, and confident for the audition itself, but gives the actor a comprehensive understanding the role that he or she is auditioning with or auditioning for. The goal is to make the working actor stronger at auditions and readings that will bring her or him additional work or exposure

    • General audition – Preparation that will demonstrate an actors range and capabilities -- make the actor stand out to casting agents and directors using more specific audition and preparation tactics and that will prepare the actor for questions, adjustments, and requests for additional material. The goal is for the actor to be not only prepared for any audition that may arise, but specific and nuanced to grab attention and land the role. URTA and Summer Regional Auditions

    • Role Preparation – Comprehensive script analysis and acting coaching to help actors who have been cast in a play accomplish the direction that either they have developed or that has been developed throughout a rehearsal process.

    • For the Chicago Actor – Should feel they are getting the chance do general audition prep with a well-established NY Acting coach whose clients work on Broadway and national tours ​

  • For the Young Actor -- Preparation designed for younger actors or those who are at the beginning of their training using understandable language and techniques.

    • The goal is to not only train the actor for the audition but for future work opportunities.

    • High School Preparation for BA/BFA and conservatory Auditions.

  • For Cabaret and One-Person Show Performers – For those who wish to develop and produce a one-person cabaret or play based on their own writings or personal experiences

"Throughout my tri-coastal 20-year career—which has included Broadway, several lead roles at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, feature films, and recurring and guest star roles on major television series—I haven’t coached with anyone better than Diana Basmajian. She not only helps me book the auditions I am working with her on, but she has also made me a better actress in the process. She encourages strong, interesting choices that are supported by the text...And most importantly, she helps me find myself in the character so that the portrayal is as authentic as it can be. She is my absolute go-to acting coach."

RAE GRAY, Roundabout's The Real Thing, Boardwalk Empire

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