("My Stroke of Luck")

Can the good doctor become a good patient? One woman's catastrophe and recovery looks at love, family and seemingly insurmountable obstacles.


Diane Barnes is an actor, writer, storyteller and solo performer. Born and raised in New York City, she is a well-rooted SF Bay Area 415 transplant. After a career as a physician specializing in Diagnostic Radiology that took her from academic medicine to Kaiser, New Zealand and back, Diane stumbled into improvisation.

After surviving the catastrophe that inspired this show, Barnes discovered improvisation (Patricia Marsden Ryan and BATS)! "Yes, and," the mantra of Improv, opened an alternate universe for this "Humm...show me the evidence," skeptic scientist. Diane left the practice of medicine in 2010. Now a Meisner trained actor, Diane completed The American Conservatory Theater's Summer Training Congress, and The D'ell Arte School of Physical Drama. Diane has appeared at The Marsh, Ross Valley Players, College of Marin,Studio One, BATS and Pan Theater.

Barnes, a NYC transplant, 3rd generation physician is a graduate of Stanford University and Yale University School of Medicine, board certified in Diagnostic Radiology. She is a TBA Adjudicator, and a TBA Atlas Actor 2016.

Barnes is the proud mother of two young adult sons, and an adolescent Bearded Collie. Diane is also a silversmith and sculptor. She loves travel, animals, creativity, creatives, fringing, performing and being alive!