Born and raised in southern Illinois, Diane Musselman participated in music and drama throughout her childhood years. This includes playing first chair flute in her high school band as well as acting in school theater productions. She moved to California in 1981 and received her Bachelors and Master’s Degree at California State University, Northridge, in Speech Pathology.
During those years, she continued to act on stage and in commercials, most notably in The Elephant Man and The Good Doctor. During her acting studies she met three other actors in search of good acting projects who decided to create a production company called Chocolate Old Fashioned Productions. This company produced two short films HMMM and Unrequited.
From there she moved on to create Dancing Forward Productions where she discovered a new love of writing and producing. This resulted in a script for Just Another Dance With My Father. She reached out to former Chocolate Old Fashioned Productions fellow-producer, Kay Yamamoto, as well as new friends Sheryl Hartman, Peyton Skelton, and George Ohan to help produce the film, starring Jerrika Hinton of Grey’s Anatomy. The film is the proud recipient of the Gold Remi awarded at WorldFest Houston.
Diane continues to work on expanding Dancing Forward Productions and developing her writing, producing and acting skills. She is the co-writer and producer of Afterthoughts, a movie based on the book of the same title by author Lynn Tincher, now in pre-production. Diane is also pleased to be a co-executive producer on the feature film Last Call at Murray’s, and executive producer on the award winning web series Carbon Dating, both currently on the festival circuit. She is also pleased to have produced the 2016 music video, Look, for singer/songwriter Nina Paolicelli.
Diane is excited to reunite with Sheryl Hartman, and to join Teresa Biber on a documentary about young head and neck cancer survivors which is currently in development.