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Drop-in Theater Classes for Ages 18+

Diversionary Werks!

Diversionary Werks is a brand new FREE series of artistic classes for ages 18+. Keep an eye on all the special offerings we will be adding, and come flex those creative muscles with us.  We welcome a multi-generational group of LGBTQIA+ folks to collaborate and learn in a brave space together. 

Upcoming Diversionary Werks Classes

All classes are in-person at Diversionary Theatre if not stated otherwise. You must be vaccinated and boosted to attend. Refer to our updated COVID-19 policy here. Please arrive early to check in and find parking.

Diversionary Werks TAY (Transitional-Aged Youth) Series:

Diversionary Werks TAY (Transitional-Aged Youth) Series:

Community at Play: A Queer Improv Workshop!

Monday January 23
6:30-8:00 PM
In the New Play Development Center at Diversionary Theatre
For 18-25 year olds
Instructor: Jesse Greenfield

Have you been wanting to try improv, improve your communication skills and self-confidence, and/or play and be silly with your beautiful community? Great! Then this workshop is for you, whether you’re a seasoned improviser or have never tried improv, to explore new ways of advocating for and expressing yourself in a low-stakes environment while connecting with new friends.

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Jesse Greenfield [They/ Them]

Jesse Greenfield is an interdisciplinary artist and health educator born and raised in San Diego. They graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Biopsychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. They completed a Masters of Public Health in Health Communication and Behavioral Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine in 2020, just in time to help with the COVID-19 pandemic! <br><br>Jesse is passionate about using human connection and storytelling to empower communities. They have been an improviser for 8 years, and facilitate applied improvisation training to support healthcare providers and other professionals working with gender diverse youth in providing compassionate and affirming care. Improv was a big part of their own gender journey, and it gives them great joy to share that experience with young people by creating safe and supportive environments to explore and play.

Present with Passion

Tuesdays & Thursdays
February 6 - February 20
6:00-8:00 PM
In the New Play Development Center at Diversionary Theatre
For 18-25 year olds
Instructor: Peter Pangalo

Learn the presentation skills to keep an audience captivated & persuaded, be it virtually or in person. Present with Passion provides you with immediate impact through a multi-sensory learning experience. This immersive experience will give you the power to present and communicate effectively no matter the situation. Present with Passion quickly builds competency and confidence helping you find your authentic presentation voice.

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Peter Pangalo

Peter is a tenacious builder of businesses people love. With his natural curiosity and talents, he thrives in unique people operations challenges for emerging regions and industries. From tech to banking and finance, entertainment giants to not-for-profit businesses, high fashion to luxury hotels; Peter has built a varied and successful international business portfolio. Peter’s global presentation expertise has been shared with companies including The Walt Disney Company, Cadbury India, Daimaru Department Stores of Japan & William Sonoma. Peter has also sharpened his public speaking skills for award events with HRC Los Angeles and fashion show events with Team Get Your Frock On in Melbourne, Australia. In contrast, Peter’s retail and visual merchandising training with Daimaru Department Stores has helped develop an acute eye for fashion styling, helping renovate 6 homes in Australia & California. Peter is Aussie born, now living in San Diego with his husband Ryan after 5 years in his beloved Los Angeles, California.

Please check back soon for WERKS programing updates!

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(619) 220-0097 x 109.

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    About Our Arts Education Programs and Outreach

    Arts Education is thriving at Diversionary Theatre, and our programs spread the seeds of understanding and tolerance around our unique mission as the third oldest LBGT theater in the country. Watch this video to learn more about each of our education programs. 

    By sharing LGBTQ stories with our community we bring stories that need to be told, directly into people’s lives. We provide a safe place for all students, and we are excited to extend a lifeline to our LGBTQ youth who may not have the support at home or at their school. We are giving people permission to be who they are, and for many this might be a life saving experience.

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