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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. 

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Meet Your Instructors!

Upcoming Diversionary Werks Classes

All classes are in-person at Diversionary Theatre if not stated otherwise. Please arrive early to check in and find parking.

Mindfulness and Meditation - Taught by Jaqueline Penhos

Wednesdays 5pm to 6pm (2/14, 2/21, & 2/28)

  • In this workshop you will learn the basic skills to help you to develop Mindfulness and Self Compassion and integrate this way of relating to your daily life experiences.  We often harshly criticize ourselves for our inadequacies or perceived failures and use negative ways to encourage or motivate ourselves. We sometimes aren’t even aware of our own suffering or ways we unnecessarily add to our suffering.

Improv - Taught by Rita

Thursdays 1pm to 2pm (2/15 & 2/22)

  • Come play games, learn some skills, and create mini scenes with others in a safe and playful atmosphere. Rita brings decades of improv experience and so many fun games to share. Get creative juices flowing, practice listening, collaborating, and welcome the chance to take risks, be silly and have fun! This class was limited to the Silver Squad and has now been opened up to all adults.

Queer Dramaturgy - Taught by Jesse Marchese

Fridays 6pm to 7pm (2/16, 2/23 & 3/1)

  • This class will focus on how LGBTQIA+ lives have been portrayed on the stage throughout history and how we might read, understand, and interpret those plays in our own time. In this class we will consider “queer” as both identity and methodology—as both a being and a doing—therefore generating important questions and conversations about what it means to perform queerness: politically and aesthetically, on stage and in daily life.

Stagecraft & Prop Making - Taught by David Romero

Saturdays 11am to 12pm (2/17, 2/24, & 3/2)

  • In this workshop we will cover basic shop safety and an introduction to power tools. We will also go over the many different types of props used on stage. The goal is to feel confident using power tools, and applying them towards making a small prop by the end of the session.
  • Safety Requirements: closed toed shoes, clothes that are ok getting dusty or painted, Hair ties for long hair and no loose jewelry. 

Reach Out to Us Here

Fill out this form with any questions or comments you may have and Diversionary Theatre’s Director of Education and Community Engagement, Wilfred Paloma, will be in touch with you shortly.

Alternatively, you can call us at
(619) 220-0097 x 109.

About Our Education and Community Engagement Programs

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 LGBTQIA+ theater in the country. Watch this video to learn more about each of our education programs. 

By sharing LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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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All of these programs are only made possible by the generous support of our donors and our community.

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