Diane Mack

Producer & Morning Edition Host

"This is NPR's Morning Edition, at 89.9 WWNO. Good Morning, I'm Diane Mack."

Many of you awake to that greeting each morning as Diane brings you the day's news as WWNO's host for NPR's Morning Edition. Diane is a native New Orleanian with a background in television broadcast journalism. She is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications.

Diane has worked in various markets around the state. She started at KATC-TV in Lafayette as reporter and morning news anchor. Diane moved back home to New Orleans in 1982 where she joined the news staff of WDSU-TV as a general assignment reporter. In 1993, Diane joined WWNO's staff, hosting news programs, a classical music show, and the "Friends of Music" concert series. She is also an award-winning producer for the station's cultural arts radio feature Inside the Arts.

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This week on Inside the Arts, the Tony nominated Broadway musical, Something Rotten, opens at Le Petit Theatre. This original musical comedy, with a tip of the hat to the Bard, stars Matthew Michael Janisse and Richard Spitaletta. They join us with director Michael McKelvey.

Then, a creative re-imagining of abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, continues the NOLA Project's season with the regional premiere of Sigrid Gilmer's Harry and the Thief. It's part science fiction, historical drama and comedic farce. Director Khiry Armstead joins us with actress Samantha Beaulieu.

This week on Inside the Arts, Mark Cortale's Broadway at NOCCA series kicks off the New Year with Liz Callaway. The Broadway superstar and Tony nominee will perform with special guest Bryan Batt. Liz Callaway joins us by phone.

This week on Inside the Arts, as we say goodbye to 2019, in New Orleans krewes are gearing up for another season of revelry with an eye on 12th Night celebrations! The Phunny Phorty Phellows are preparing to usher in Carnival. Krewe captain Peggy Scott Laborde stops by for a chat about what this satirical group is planning for their 2020 St. Charles streetcar ride.

And, the Krewe of Joan of Arc is preparing to walk the French Quarter with a medieval-themed parade celebrating the saint's 12th Night birthday! Krewe co-captain Antoinette de Alteriis will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, RAP Unzel, a children's play presented by the Radical Buffoons continues its run at Southern Rep. It's a feel good, empowering story of identity. This modern twist on an old fairy tale is set in New Orleans and features hip hop, music and dance. Artistic director Jon Greene and playwright Jeremy Rashad Brown will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, A Christmas Story, The Musical opens!  It is the first Hancock Whitney Broadway in New Orleans show to play the Saenger Theatre since its reopening.  We talk with cast member Chris Swan, who plays The Old Man, in this holiday classic based on the 1983 film.

Photo courtesy: Le Petit Theatre

This week on Inside the Arts, ghosts return to a magical set this holiday season as Le Petit Theatre presents its production of Charles Dickens' Victorian classic, A Christmas Carol. Artistic Director Max Williams joins us with cast members Curtis Billings and Kate Kuen.

Photo Credit: Elsa Hahne

This week on Inside the Arts, Christmas Dances ring in the Holiday season for the Marigny Opera Ballet.  We travel to Brazil as the contemporary ballet company returns Diogo de Lima's, Aguas de Dezembro, to the stage.  Plus, there's a dance exploration of the shape note in the premiere of Sacred Harp. Artistic director Dave Hurlbert joins us with award winning choreographer Kellis McSparrin Oldenberg.

This week on Inside the Arts, a heads up for opera lovers and history buffs. Panel discussions, presentations and a commemorative concert will mark next week's 100th Anniversary of the loss, by fire, of the city's iconic French Opera House. And, 2020 signals 50 years of OPERA America, the national service organization for opera. Robert Lyall, general and artistic director of the New Orleans Opera will join us in our studio.

This week on Inside the Arts, physically daring, gravity defying dancers will stretch your imagination as the New Orleans Ballet Association presents Pilobolus in the Louisiana premiere of Shadowland: The New Adventure. Pilobolus co-artistic director Renée Jaworski joins us by phone.

Then, conversation with jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson. WWNO's Fred Kasten catches up with the multi-Grammy nominee who is gearing up for concert performances this week in New Orleans.

This week on Inside the Arts, Voices in the Dark Repertory Theatre Company presents Paul Lucas' award-winning play Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women. Poignant stories gathered in interviews with members of LGBTQ communities from around the world shed light on the experience of transitioning gender. Director Tommye Myrick joins us with cast members Milan Sherry and Teryl Lynn Foxx.

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