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After School Program

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At Diversionary Theatre, we believe that everyone should have access to the arts. That’s why we provide free age-appropriate after school programs so that kids feel safe to express their true selves, and learn how to work as a team, while having fun with their peers!

Roosevelt Middle School Programs

Welcome to a great FREE continuing partnership online between you and your neighborhood professional theatre!

Improv

Tuesday afternoons, September 27 – December 13, 2022
3:25-4:25pm

This program is offered FREE, thanks to our generous donors and sponsors. This semester we will be returning to an in-person theatre club on site at Roosevelt Middle School. Come one, come all, and let’s make some comedy! In this class students will learn the core fundamentals and principles of improv, focusing on various games and exercises that will improve their ability to listen actively, make strong, bold, committed choices, and become a more generous stage partner. Thanks for giving your child the gift of creativity, and we will see you soon. This program is open to any Roosevelt student. 

Cosplay

Wednesday afternoons, September 28 – December 14, 2022
3:25-4:25pm

This program is offered at no charge, thanks to the generous support of RooFriends Afterschool Network. Cosplaying is all about diving deep into your character while putting your spin on their iconic look. Think outside the box, and you’ll find many different things you can create or use as other pieces for other Cosplays. Come learn some closet Cosplay tips, take your Cosplay to the next level with an element of performance, and have a great time with Cosplayer Influencer Andréa Agosto, known on TikTok as @andreariquena. This program is open to any Roosevelt student.

a close up of a womanAndréa Agosto [She/Her/Hers]

A performing arts educator, and performer, Andréa is ecstatic to be working with Diversionary in a new position. The majority of her San Diego stage credits are at Diversionary (A Kind of WeatherSignificant OtherBull in a China Shop and Homos or Everyone in America). Agosto attended UMKC where she studied film and theatre. For her graduate studies, she looked towards language, literacy, and sociocultural studies. She believes the marriage of her arts and sociocultural studies has informed how she views the arts, as well as how she discusses the two which is evident in the Intersectionality and Justice panels she facilitated for Diversionary. She aims to continue exploring these issues, and advocating for BIQTPOC artists.

Birney Elementary School Programs

Welcome to a great FREE continuing partnership online between you and your neighborhood professional theatre!

Theater Club

Monday afternoons, September 12 – December 5, 2022 (No class on 11/14 or 11/21)
3:45pm -4:45pm

This program is offered FREE, thanks to our generous donors and sponsors.

This is a fun-filled workshop that uses theater as a catalyst for teaching social skills, building emotional intelligence, and creativity in a safe and inclusive space. Students will learn zany theatre games, and storytelling techniques to unlock creative potential. By building self-esteem through ensemble work, students can confront challenges, build resilience, and demonstrate empathy while having fun and showing off their talents. There will be a final sharing for friends and family towards the end.

We ask that because of the nature of this program, that you do your best to commit to each session.

Thanks for giving your child the gift of creativity, and we will see you soon. This program is open to Birney Elementary students in grades 3 to 5.

Jesse Greenfield [They/ Them]

Bio coming soon!

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NEW PROGRAM: Old Town Charter School

Theater Club

Thursday afternoons, September 9 – October 13, 2022 
3:15pm -4:15pm

This program is offered FREE, thanks to our generous donors and sponsors.

This is a fun-filled workshop that uses theater as a catalyst for teaching social skills, building emotional intelligence, and creativity in a safe and inclusive space. Students will learn zany theatre games, and storytelling techniques to unlock creative potential. By building self-esteem through ensemble work, students can confront challenges, build resilience, and demonstrate empathy while having fun and showing off their talents. There will be a final sharing for friends and family towards the end.

We ask that because of the nature of this program, that you do your best to commit to each session.

Thanks for giving your child the gift of creativity, and we will see you soon. This program is open to students in grades 3 to 5.

J.J. Abujasen (He/ His They/Them)

J.J. Abujasen (he/him/they/them) is a queer, Cuban-American actor, singer, performer and teaching artist originally from Miami, FL. J.J. is THRILLED to be working alongside Diversionary this year after his San Diego theatrical debut in Eighty-Sixed as a teaching artist! Hailing from the University of Florida with a B.F.A. in Acting, J.J. has always loved sharing what he’s learned with other developing and growing performers to unleash full creative potential and artistic expression. His workshops range from improv to audition prep to physical and voice technique to straight up playing with the imagination muscles to have actors and artists tap into their power as performers. Working with a theatre and family like Diversionary is truly such a joy and an honor and J.J. is stoked for all the fun, play, theatre and growth that lies ahead!

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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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