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<span style="font-weight: 400;">Rendered in grayscale with purple accents, a person smiles up at us while holding a white electric guitar. Their hair is buzzed on the left side and long and flowing on the right. Their theatrical makeup shimmers and sparkles with glittery rhinestones placed in a semicircle around their left eyebrow.

Portrait photo by Haley Varacallo.


Diana Oh “Zaza D”

They // Them // Theirs

Multi-Disciplinary Maker, Musician, Actor, and Writer

Brooklyn, New York

I need rooms of compassion and I need my Art to be able to be the container of my pain, my tears, and the joy that I deserve. The joy that you deserve too. We are a tired nation. A tired world.”

Diana Oh “Zaza D” is an open channel to the art that feels good to their body. They are driven most by mutual care, pleasure, and keeping things heart-centered. Oh is an actor, musician, singer, songwriter, brain massage DJ, and creator of performance, installation, music, concert, documentary film multimedia wizard phoenix unboxable hybrid art, gatherings, ritual, party, and new mediums. Oh also identifies as a clairvoyant (a title passed onto them by their political revolutionist and persecuted South Korean father). Passionate about healing and queering processes, Oh’s work defies easy categorization. The New York Times calls their work “messy-beautiful,” and “[a] blend of compassion, defiance and practicality...with the joyous freedom to be yourself, whatever pronouns you use.” Oh’s {my lingerie play} (New York Times Critic’s Pick), Infinite Love Party (New York Times Critic’s Pick), CLAIRVOYANCE, Asian People are Not Magicians, OH FAMILY CONCERT, The Gift Project, My H8 Letter to the Gr8 American Theatre, music, work, and others have been featured on PBS, NPR, Mic, SXSW, Sundance, The Huffington Post, People, Vulture, The National, MTV, Korean Broadcast Radio, Ma-Yi Theater Company, All For One, The Bushwick Starr, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Public Theatre, A.R.T./New York Theatres, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and at the White House. Oh is a Venturous Capital grant recipient, Sundance Institute Fellow, Tow Playwright in Residence (Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Van Lier Fellow in Acting (Asian American Arts Alliance), Williamstown Theatre Festival Artist in Residence, Helen Merrill Playwright Award recipient, Steinberg Playwright Award recipient, an Art Equity Persephone Award recipient, and a Refinery29 Top LGBTQ+ Influencer.

Donor -This award was generously supported by Mellon Foundation.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.11.2024

{my lingerie play} year in review. Video by Joy Burklund.

Diana Oh. "Blessed."