DVM Theatre was founded in 2012 by Diana V. Monteiro Toombs. It is a theatre company with a strong interest in new writing, rewriting classics and new emerging artists.
DVM Theatre seeks to produce and stage contemporary performances which deal with issues in today’s society and to explore what it means to be human. It aims to create work which is honest, sincere, funny and thought-provoking. It explores the beauties of life, alongside the hardships and tragedies and it seeks to impart a message to the audience.
DVM Theatre aims to produce work for the audience, work in which they can lose themselves and escape. It seeks to engage audiences, to move them and share a gift with them.
DVM Theatre also runs Theatre Workshops for people of all ages, from 3 years old all the way up! It aims to help train new and interested artists, to provide them with a platform to share their work and gain experience.
Diana V. Monteiro Toombs – Artistic Director
Diana graduated from the University of Exeter (MA in Theatre Practice) in 2011 and completed her BA (Hons) in Theatre with Textual Practices at Dartington College of Arts in 2010. She founded DVM Theatre in early 2012 and has since ran Theatre Workshops for children and young adults and was commissioned to create Drama-based School Activity Packs for the Museum of Croydon. Her directing credits include: ‘Face to the Wall’ (Thornlea Studios, Exeter 2011), ‘Moments We Like’ (devised theatre, Dartington 2009), ‘Hysteria’ ( the BRIT School, 2006) and ‘When We’re Broken’ (Warehouse Theatre, 2006) for which she won awards for Best Director and Best Technical Support. She has also collaborated extensively on several devised pieces, including ‘When Stone Footsteps Lead to the Lighthouse’, which was shown at the Dartington Campus Festival 2010. Diana has also performed in several shows including the World premiere of ‘Blok/Eko’ by Howard Barker (Northcott Theatre, Exeter 2011), ‘The Maids’ (Roborough Studios, Exeter 2010), Timberlake Wertenbaker’s ‘The Love of a Nightingale’, John Webster’s’ The Duchess of Malfi’ and Chekhov’s ‘The Cherry Orchard’ (the BRIT School 2006-2007). In 2010 she was the Stage/Company Manager for ‘The Remains of the Day Musical’ (Union Theatre, London), Deputy Stage Manager for the International Playwrighting Festival at the Warehouse Theatre (2006) and a lighting assistant at Croydon Clocktower for a deaf show (2006). Diana has also undertaken a Contextual Enquiry Project exploring modes of directing, during which time she worked with Okai Collier (‘Collision’, Hackney Empire), Foursight Theatre (‘Corner Shop’, site-specific) and Uninvited Guests (in residency at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre), as well as conducting interviews with directors Gillian Hambleton (Northumberland Theatre Company), Tim Etchells (Forced Entertainment) and Mole Wetherell (Reckless Sleepers).