Diana Cameron McQueen started out with a passion for drawing. Having a keen visual sense and expansive imagination she became taken with comic books, specifically DC Comics and Manga. These influences created a desire to be a comic book illustrator and creator. She created the series Spades (still in development) and published it online through the webcomic publication GIRLAMATIC from 2002-2009. She has a BFA in Design from UNCG and spent 8 years as a web designer and graphic designer in several industries.
She is a life long theater goer, thanks to her very generous parents who frequented the theater her entire life. Her sisters also studied theater in school, surrounding her with the theater life. It wasn’t until she realized that web design was not her enduring passion that she decided to attempt acting. She was promptly swept up and driven to be better and keep working.
Moving back to Raleigh in 2012, she knew she had come to the right place. Raleigh had always been alive with theater, but even more so now. She knew she had found the best place to grow as an artist and professional. Surrounded by so many wonderful, talented people, she soon found her footing.
The opportunity to perform as Queen Elizabeth I in The Lost Colony (A national theater legacy and NC cultural treasure.) directed by Ira David Wood III was a touchstone moment for her. Playing such an incredibly well-loved and well-known historical personality, in the largest theater in her career, with one of the best loved directors in her hometown was a momentous opportunity to learn and grow. Humbled and overwhelmed at the positive response to her work in such an historic role (played by only 26 women previous.) buoyed Diana and she knew she was on the right path.
Returning to Raleigh she returned to work with HistoryStage and Burning Coal. Then reprising her role at Queen Elizabeth I, using all she had learned the previous year.
Returning triumphant a second time, she then expanded to Temple Theater in Sandford, NC to perform in Dracula, directed by Corey Brunish. While there she discovered what would be her most rewarding and most challenging work to date: The incredibly new and daring comedy, Venus in Fur by David Ives.
She was cast as Vanda in the Actor’s Comedy Lab/Raleigh Little Theater show in Jan. 2015. The most positive and energizing experience of her career. Vanda was truly a dream role, both endlessly entertaining and challenging.
2015 saw her in Venus in Fur, then in Burning Coal Theater’s Sunday in the Park with George, then staring as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday with Theater Fest at NCSU, and finally, playing Nurse Kelly in HARVEY with Judson Theatre Company.
In 2016, she showed no signs of slowing down as she starred in The Underpants at Theater in the Park (Directed by Ira David Wood IV), then at a festival of new works hosted by Sonorous Road, then on to her directorial debut with the Women’s Theatre Festival directing The How and the Why, starring Rozlyn Sorell and Carly Prentis Jones. And she finished the year at Burning Coal with a cameo appearance in the American Premiere of Written on the Heart.
2017, opened with One Man, Two Guvnors at RLT, where she played a frank-spoken feminist from 1960’s Brighton, England. She then participated in Divas 2017 at RLT, raising over $5000! She then took a brief hiatus to start her own company, McQueen & Company, and is well underway for their inaugural show Fool for Love! See hopes to see you there!
View Diana’s acting resume below. Including her work in theatre, television, film, voice over, commercial/industrial, modeling, training, as well as general skills, languages and accents.
The story centers around Billie Dawn, played to perfection by Diana Cameron McQueen.
— Pamela Vesper and Kurt Benrud, Triangle Arts and Entertainment Magazine
Diana Cameron McQueen attacks the dream role of Vanda with gusto, growing in power as the play unfolds, manifesting Vanda’s dangerous sensuality with total aplomb.
— News & Observer Review, Roy Dicks