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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. Refer to our updated COVID-19 policy here. Please arrive early to check in and find parking

Mindful Meditation

April 24 | May 22
6:00-7:15 PM
The Mainstage at Diversionary Theatre
For ages 18 and up
Instructor: Jacqueline Penhos

Join us for mindful meditation. Using the natural breath and awareness, Jacquline will lead you through some grounding and mindful meditation. Dress in loose fitting clothing, and bring a water bottle, and a towel for the most comfortable experience.

Jacqueline Penhos

Jacqueline is a multi-modality and Well-Being educator, she enjoys weaving ancient and modern practices into her work. She specializes in leading large scale workshops, healing circles and creating curriculum for creating self-mastery experiences. Jacqueline believes in Holistic therapy by sharing Meditation, Mindfulness and Restorative Yoga.

Imagine & Diversionary Theatre IPEG Workshop

April 12
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
New Play Development Center at Diversionary Theatre
For ages 18 and up

The City of San Diego is developing an Inclusive Public Engagement Guide– a set of practices to help them better communicate and engage with San Diegans. Together with Imagine, San Diego’s Community-Engaged Theatre, they are asking intergenerational San Diego community members to give their input on this process. You’ll hear more about the City’s plans, gather ideas from community members, and have the opportunity to participate in a video spotlighting community voices. Each participant will be asked to complete the Imagine/City of San Diego Media release form.

Diversionary Werks TAY (Transitional-Aged Youth) Series:

Storytelling TAY

May 1
6:00-8:00 PM
In the New Play Development Center at Diversionary Theatre
For Transitional-Aged Youth 18-25
Instructor: Peter Pangalo

Join us for this special storytelling workshop specifically for TAY LGBTQ Folks 18-25. This immersive workshop will focus on building communication skills to be able to hold any audience captive, and will give you the power to be creative and communicate effectively no matter the situation.

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.

Acting Workshop

May 15
The Mainstage at Diversionary Theatre
For ages 18 and up
Instructor: Skyler Sullivan

In this drop-in acting class, we will gently explore ensemble exercises that will teach you the fundamentals of acting and collaboration. This is a fun way to connect to your creativity, and expand your sense of play. Dress to move.

Skyler SullivanSkyler Sullivan

Skyler Sullivan is an actor/director/ and arts educator transplanted from New York. While in NYC, he worked with The New Victory Theatre for ten years as a veteran teaching artist, where he honed his skills as a curriculum developer and facilitator. Other NYC teaching credits include: The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, the Professional Performing Arts School, and on-set coaching on two P.B.S. shows: Sesame Street and The Electric Company.

Skyler is thrilled to be working with Diversionary Theatre as it continues its tradition of arts education and outreach. Currently, in San Diego, he also teaches for The Old Globe and The La Jolla Playhouse. Skyler also works as a therapeutic clown with Healthy Humor, a nonprofit serving chronically and terminally ill kids and their families. Education: B.F.A. in acting Emerson College, M.F.A. in Acting Brooklyn College.

Please check back soon for WERKS programing updates!

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Fill out this form with any questions or comments you may have and Diversionary Theatre’s Education Outreach Director, Skyler Sullivan, will be in touch with you shortly.

Alternatively, you can call us at
(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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