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Kid-Versionary Continues Online!

A Note From Our Education Team:
We hope that you and your families are safe and doing your best in these challenging times. This is a gift to your family, for being a part of ours. Here at Diversionary, we are plugging away to continue to bring you our unique experiences with the performing arts in a new venue!

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

    This semester we will be offering our improv club online, a program that focuses on improv and comedy that is great for building self-confidence, and greater expression.

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

    Please fill in the form below for each child you are enrolling. We will be meeting on zoom, and that link will be sent out before the first class. Thanks for giving your child the gift of creativity, and we will see you soon.

    Dates:
    Tuesdays, February 9th-March 23rd, 2021 (7 Sessions)
    2:00-3:00 PST
    Grades 3-5

    All classes on Zoom (link will be sent before 1st class)
    The club will have a final sharing on the last week Time and date TBA

    > REGISTER
    This program is offered free of charge!


    Meet your instructor: Skyler Sullivan!

    Skyler Sullivan

    Skyler is an actor, director and educator transplanted from New York City. While there he worked with The New Victory Theatre 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 acting coaching on two P.B.S. shows: Sesame Street and The Electric Company. in San Diego he also has taught for The Old Globe, The La Jolla Playhouse, Grossmont College, and is the Director of Education and Outreach at Diversionary Theatre. In addition Skyler is a therapeutic clown with Healthy Humor, a non-profit in residency at C.H.O.C (The Children’s Hospital of Orange County), and the Loma Linda University Medical Center. B.F.A and M.F.A in Acting.

    For more information contact Skyler Sullivan:
    ssullivan@diversionary.org

     

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

    This semester we will be offering our improv club online, a program that focuses on improv and comedy that is great for building self-confidence, and greater expression.

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

    Please fill in the form below for each child you are enrolling. We will be meeting on zoom, and that link will be sent out before the first class. Thanks for giving your child the gift of creativity, and we will see you soon.

    Dates:
    6 Monday Sessions:
    February 8th-March 22nd, 2021
    (No Class February 15)

    4:15-5:15 PST

    All classes on Zoom (link will be sent before 1st class)
    The club will have a final sharing on the last week Time and date TBA

    > REGISTER
    This program is offered free of charge!

    For more information contact Skyler Sullivan:
    ssullivan@diversionary.org

     

  • Check back for future programming. Be sure to join our mailing list for updates. 

    For additional information about Kid-Versionary contact Skyler Sullivan at ssullivan@diversionary.org

  • To give you some resources to help you engage with your kids, here are some improv based games that you can play with them. Our Diversionary Education Team has put their brains together on how to keep the spirit of improvisation alive. This is a great opportunity for you and your students to “play” at home! We encourage the whole family to participate in some creative fun.

    Below are some links to videos to use as refreshers and inspiration that are simple to discern and would be fun to try out with the family. You can also view the entire improv party on our youtube channel, here.

    Five Things! This video goes over the basic rules. We invite you to get creative with the categories. You can start small with categories like types of cars, and you can get wacky with categories like made up holidays that you wish existed. This is a fun game that you can play during dinner, or as a break from school work.

     

    Rules of Improva short, fast and fierce overview of Improv Rules that will be wonderful reminders to the students as well as invaluable touchstones for any NEW improv-ers in your household.

     

     

    Brief Improv Lesson with TINA FEYA fun clip which is part of a larger sit-down interview of Tina Fey discussing her work as an improv genius.

     

     

    Improv Warm-ups & ExercisesA litany of possible warm-ups and exercises that your student would LOVE to learn and engage with you.

     

     

    How to “Taxi” – Improv Game – An exact breakdown of the game students have been engaging in class.

     

     

     

    Yes And: This is the game that is the foundation for all improv scenes and games. This video gives you a brief overview of the game. Bonus: Use the Yes And concept to brainstorm activities you can do once you are allowed to go out .

     

     

    The Chair Game: This game allows you to practice the Yes, And concept. It is a two person game where one person is sitting, while the other is standing. The person standing have to give a reason for the person to stand up and give up the seat. Watch this video to see this game in action.

     

    Second City Kids Camp: Check out this 33 min video highlighting footage from The Second City Kids camp. They play fun games like Do Run, and Hitchhiker.

     

     

    Crazy 8’s: This is a silly game that will allow the kids to release energy, especially when they have been cramped up inside. Click Here to see the video with the demo.

     

     

    What are you doing: This is a game that we have played a few times in class that will allow for movement & thinking on your feet. Click Here to see the video with the demo.

     

     

    Improv Principle: Focus on the Here and Now
    One of the core improv principles is to focus on the here and now. A scene is about the people in the scene. Focus on what is going on right this at this moment.

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  • HeadGreen.JPGSkyler Sullivan is an actor, director and arts educator transplanted from New York City. In NYC he taught with The New Victory Theatre, The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and he was on-set acting coaching on two P.B.S. shows: Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Currently in San Diego he is the Director of Arts Education and Outreach at Diversionary Theatre. In addition Skyler is a therapeutic clown with Healthy Humor, in residency in two hospitals. B.F.A and M.F.A in Acting.
    Lettie S. De Anda has a Masters in theatre and besides teaching, she enjoys directing and acting. Lettie also teaches for La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Jr Theatre, an after school program within a private school in San Diego, as well as a homeschool program. She’s been teaching for 20 years and her passion is working with students of all ages to help them attain self-confidence, and teach them how to harness their own creativity. Lettie believes all students can benefit and gain many skills from acting regardless if they continue their studies in this field.

    Wilfred Paloma (Birney Program) is a California based artist with an M.A. in Theatre Arts at San Diego State University and holds a B.A. in Theatre Performance: Acting and Musical Theatre. Wilfred is also a graduate of the MCIT Acting Studio and is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association. In addition to Diversionary Theatre, Wilfred is a teaching artist with the California Center of the Arts, Arts for Learning San Diego, La Jolla Playhouse, Young Actors’ Theater, Playwright’s Project, JCompany, and San Diego Junior Theatre. Selected Production credits: Directing – Potion (Moxie),  School of Rock (JT), R+J (SDSU); Choreographer – Hunchback of Notre Dame (JT), Más (SDSU), Mamma Mia (YAT), Hall Pass (Blindspot Collective).Wilfred also actively engages in social justice-centered work with Blindspot Collective and performs on various stages in San Diego. Listen to Wilfred on Spotify and iTunes on the original cast recording of the musical The Things We Never Say featured on the track “Coronado Lights”. wilfredpaloma.comGary Ware (Roosevelt Program) (He/Him/His) is an educator and facilitator with nearly a decade of experience as a performer in improv theatre. He assists students of all ages with unlocking creativity, confidence, collaboration with experiential methods grounded in improv thinking and the psychology of play. Gary has worked as a teaching artist with The La Jolla Playhouse and Finest City Improv. He has performed at various theaters in the San Diego and Los Angeles area.

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