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Drop-in Theater Classes for All Ages

Diversionary Werks!

Diversionary Werks is a brand new FREE series of artistic classes for all ages. 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 Dates

In-person* (at Diversionary Theatre)

* You must be vaccinated to attend, and we will check you vaccination card before we begin. Please arrive early to check in and find parking.

Mina HartongComedy Workshop with Mina Hartong
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Friday, November 5th, 2021, 10:00am-12:00pm

Location: Diversionary Theatre 

Reuel K. Olin New Play Development Center. (NPDC)



So you think you’re funny? Join us! Award winning comedian Mina Hartong ( she, her) will facilitate a Stand Up comedy/ Storytelling workshop, no experience necessary. We will cover an overview of the comedy business, joke structure, drama games and how to use our personal stories and transform them into laughter, healing ourselves and the audience. Please prepare a 2-3 minute personal story or anecdote to share to get us started.  You will leave this workshop with a three minute set, and you will be on your way to the next open mike.

See you on stage!
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Meet Your Instructor

Mina Hartong

Mina Hartong (She/Her)
Award winning comedienne Mina Hartong (Ladies of Laughter Finalist, Curve Magazine One of America’s Funniest Lesbians) has been performing and touring for over twenty years. Favorite shows and venues include Don’t Tell Mama’s, Provincetown, Montreal Fringe Festival, and headlining at Iceland Pride, where she marched in the Pride parade next to the mayor.

Mina also loves to Emcee galas and fundraisers (Cipriani’s, Silver Hill Hospital) and produces her own comedy show Lez Out Loud. When she is not on stage, Mina enjoys teaching Acting and Stand up Comedy and developing new comics. She taught Theater in the New York City public school system for 21 years, so now basically she can do anything!

“Mina is laugh out loud funny.  Biting and sharp, but with warmth and humanity.  Nothing better. She can so easily nail and slay all of us with her hysterical observations of life’s craziest moments.  She brings everyone in.”

Michael Ross, Managing Director
Center Stage Baltimore

“ Mina lights up a room and brings great energy to everything she does.” 

Lynn Travers, Director of Development, Silver Hill Hospital

Recent appearances include The Palm Springs International Comedy Festival and sold out shows at Palm Springs Pride. She looks forward to performing at the brand new Clark Cabaret space at Diversionary Theater in San Diego. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @hartongmina.


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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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