Diana Shmiana has performed her edu-taining Jewish shows at day schools, religious schools, preschools, synagogues, JCC’s, and holiday events -- in the Bay Area and beyond.
A smash hit at the CAJE 2001 conference, she has also performed in Israel, Europe, and Kazakhstan.
Diana Shmiana has an extensive background in Jewish education. As a child, she attended an Orthodox religious school thrice-weekly for seven years, several years of Jewish summer camp, and was involved in the Young Judaea youth movement throughout high school. She also has lived in Israel for two years.
Prior to launching Shpiel-o-Rama Productions, Diana worked for years as a Jewish educator, among other pursuits. She spent six years as a performing arts specialist at a religious school, and three years in teen education.
HIGH SPIRITED ADVENTURES
THROUGHOUT THE JEWISH YEAR!
Zol Zein Shabbes
With a show for virtually any Jewish occasion,
join Diana and her lovable friends, including ...
Bongo Benny, and many others!
Treasure Hunt for the Magic Word
A zany treasure hunt for the Magic Word that opens the gates to the High Holidays! Learn about Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Succot, & Simchat Torah!
Jewish Book Month (November)
The Book of Wonders
Upon finding a mysterious book, a world of wonders beckons with Jewish tales from around the world, songs, & silliness. Discover the beauty of Jewish stories and literary tradition along with Diana Shmiana!
(preschool - 5th grade)
Heading right back to the source, Diana Shmiana tells Torah Tales with a twist. Breathing new life into ancient stories, she throws in a few tunes for good measure. Optional bibliodrama re-telling of a popular Torah story too!
Mystery of the Missing Candles
With the help of a wacky cast of characters, Diana Shmiana embarks on a singing, dancing, storytelling quest for her missing Chanukkah candles...and learns there's more to Chanukkah than presents!
Lights ... Miracles ... Action!
A journey into the Heart of Chanukkah filled with story, song, and shtick.
Telethon Tu B'shvat
Marvel as Diana Shmiana hosts the annual Telethon Tu B'shvat, where a crazy cast of entertainers help her raise 18 shekels to plant a tree in Israel! (ages 3-7)
Tu B'shvat Tales
What do traditional Jewish folktales have to say about environmentalism? Quite a bit! Tales from around the world promoting core values of Bal Taschit and Shomrei Adamah. (K-5)
Tune into Megillah Madness, the Purim "game show" where everybody wins! The prize? A special secret about Purim.
A Purim Potpourri
Jewish tales and songs from around the world, all riffing on the themes of Purim.
A Spectacular Seder
Diana Shmiana will come lead an experiential, interactive model seder for your students, filled with songs, dancing, and even a "virtual" crossing of the Red Sea!
Yay for Yisrael
Come One, Come All, to Israel's birthday bash, hosted by Diana Shmiana. Learn about Israel's culture, geography, the Hebrew language, and quest for peace.
Diana Shmiana's Amazing Adventure
to the Land of Jewish Holidays
All aboard the magic carpet! Come along with Diana Shmiana on a madcap journey to the Land of Jewish Holidays. Along the way you may just visit Rosh Hashana River, Passover Palace, Shabbat Chalet, among other exciting destinations. A joyous celebration of the Jewish holiday cycle featuring highlights from Diana Shmiana's popular shows, this show is a perfect end-of-year event, or for anytime of the year! (ages 3-7)
Princess Pnina & the Pearls
Enter the enchanted Land of Petrozelia in this Shabbat fairy tale. Will petulant Princess Pnina ever find her pearl necklace? Will the magic spell ever be broken, and Shabbat return to the Land of Petrozelia? Will the Princess ever learn that there's more to Shabbat than jewelry? (grades K-3)
A delightful show for younger kids about...you guessed it: SHABBAT! (ages 3-5)
Tikkun Olam Tales
Stumbling upon mysterious puzzle pieces, Diana must solve the puzzle in order to learn how to fix the world. Can you help her? Blending ancient Kabbalistic lore with multicultural Jewish tales, and a modern message of social responsibility, this program is edutainment at its best: an inspiring and fun show that motivates us all to do our share in Tikkun Olam.
Here We Go Round the Jewish World
A Jewish adventure around the globe, with multicultural Jewish stories,
songs, and much much more!
Have a topic? Diana Shmiana will craft a delightful show
for your special event, family program, or regular day at school.
Workshops for Grownups & Kids
Diana Shmiana offers workshops for children, parents, and educators.
Choose from any of the following: storytelling, puppetry, improv games, clowning, and "How to Fun-ify Your Classsroom Using Clowning and Magic".
“Entertainment with meaning.
Wonderful teaching from a
talented clown and storyteller.”
– Judy Aronson, Principal
Leo Baeck Temple, Los Angeles
“Thank you for sharing your creativity,
enthusiasm, and your love of Judaism
with our children.
Looking forward to having
you back again.”
– Rabbi Chuck Briskin, Temple Beth Am
Los Altos Hills, CA
" It was A+. Fabulous.
The children loved it.
A wonderful learning experience
as well as entertaining.”
– Sharon Hirshik, Director
Temple Israel Center Nursery School
White Plains, NY
“Diana Shmiana, you were amazing!
A fabulous evening of fun and
silliness. The kids really loved
your show, and our bookfair committee
really appreciated your help in
making it such a successful event.”
- Jennifer D., mother,
Brandeis-Hillel Day School, San Francisco