Director of Marketing and Communication at the Wharton Center
Diane Willcox has never let her shy personality stop her from working in the performing arts industry. After graduating from Occidental College in Los Angeles with an acting degree, Willcox realized she didn’t have the resilience to become an actor, but found another way to work in the industry she loved: theatre. Early in her career, she did a lot of backstage work at the L.A. Public Theatre, but realized she wanted a more secure job within the business, so Willcox started working in theatre management. She became the marketing director for several small theatre companies in Santa Barbara and San Diego, and then later became the general manager of Broadway San Diego. After 20 years of working in California, Willcox and her family were ready for a change. For the past four years, Willcox has worked as the director of marketing and communication for the Wharton Center in East Lansing, where she handles all messages that are sent out, and supervises a group of marketing and public relations professionals. When she’s not working, you can find her spending time outdoors with her family, reading or going to the movies. But at the end of the day, there is nothing Willcox is more passionate about than the performing arts. “Music can touch the soul, theatre can reach into your heart, dance can spark passion, and there is absolutely nothing like experiencing these art forms live,” she shared.