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After School Program


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!


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


Tuesday afternoons

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. 

Students and families MUST complete our google form and media release waiver to participate in the program. Please fill out our form here. Please sign and return media release waiver here.

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.

Alyssa Kane (she/her/hers)

Alyssa is a queer woman working full time in scenic design, props design, and scenic painting. Recent projects include Extreme Home Makeover (Scripps Ranch Theatre), Eighty-Sixed (Diversionary), The Great Khan (SD Rep), Sapience (Moxie), and Yellow Wallpaper (Write Out Loud). Alyssa is an operational board member at Scripps Ranch Theatre. She is also a performer and founding member of a burlesque and variety troupe in Southeast Alaska.

Birney Elementary School Programs

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

Theater Club

Monday afternoons from 3:35 pm to 4:35 pm
-> Feb 26 through June 3rd (No sessions: 3/11, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 5/27,& 6/3)

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.

Photo features Jesse Greenfield with a blurred backgroundJesse Greenfield (they/them/theirs) is an improviser, storyteller, and health communicator. They graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Health Communication and are a Certified Health Education Specialist. Jesse’s approach to education is deeply informed by a decade of improv experience and centers students’ lived experiences to co-create inclusive, accessible, and playful learning. They love doing this work as a teaching artist at Diversionary and as a cofounder of Kaleidoscope Training Center LLC, where they use improv and theatre techniques to support the development of interpersonal skills for K-12 students, medical providers, social workers, teachers, and more.


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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