In 1976, Dr. Betty Brittain created a technique she called ‘SOLVE’ while serving as administrator for an underprivileged elementary school located beneath the flight path of the Atlanta Hartsfield Airport. This was a simple, yet effective approach to responding to problems using five action steps: Stop, Observe, Listen, Visualize, and Engage. The students thrived. The materials have evolved through the years, and have been tested through traditional classrooms.
In 1982, Diana began directing theatre with an emphasis on delivering life skills. She soon realized the students needed life skills more than they needed a quality theatre experience. In 1984, she vowed to never direct a ‘traditional’ show again. Diana developed experimental theatre techniques to advance these skills and integrated them into creative arts programming. She embraced Dr. Brittain’s materials and integrated them into her prorgrams, original stories and take home materials.