Dianna Smith, born and raised in Harlem’s Abraham Lincoln Projects, is the Creator, Producer and Writer of the dramatic web series “Disciplinary Actions”. She has always been involved in creative ventures: as a ballerina, newspaper reporter in college and as an actress. She has appeared in various commercials, theatrical and film productions.
Dianna and her two sisters grew up in an environment where education and creative thinking were encouraged. At an early age she developed a passion for reading and during her early school years developed a flair for writing. While in college, she flourished in her creative writing classes and had two of her articles published on the front page of a Bronx multilingual newspaper called “The Bronx Journal”. After graduating from Lehman College with a Bachelors of Arts, she was offered a position as an Event Coordinator but that position did not last because of 9/11. At the time she was working on the 43rd floor of One World Trade Center when the plane hit the building. As a form of therapy, Dianna took acting lessons to get her through the aftermath. She was offered a position as an Intern Labor Specialist in the Law Department. One of her responsibilities was to assist in the preparation of evidence for disciplinary hearings for union and non-union employees. It was during this time that she got the idea for the creation of “Disciplinary Actions”. The series, based on actual cases, will focus on the three main characters played by Nasser Metcalfe, Lianne Nielsen and Ken Shaw and how they interact with numerous cases.
Dianna is a true believer in investing in one’s self so she used a large chunk of her retirement money to finance the first four episodes. Disciplinary Actions won eight awards at the 2012 LAWebfest. It was also an official selection at the 2012 International TV Film Festival, which garnered a Best Actor nominee for Nasser and placed third in the TV/Web Series category at the 2011 Urban Mediamakers Film Festival.