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Free Writing Workshop

LGBTQIA+ Teen Playwriting Lab

This free online writing workshop for teens is instructed by celebrated professional queer playwrights from Diversionary Theatre in San Diego and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre in NYC.

About the LGBTQ+ Teen Playwriting Lab

This six-session workshop is specifically designed for young playwrights of all experience levels, ages 14-19, who identify as queer, trans, or non-binary. This course is instructed by notable queer playwrights who will utilize a combination of writing prompts and various techniques to help generate material, followed by a group sharing approach that is designed to assist and guide participants in the creation of a new work or short-form play. 

The group will commit to meeting weekly on Saturdays for six weeks, exact schedule TBD. No prior playwriting experience is required to participate, and students of all experience levels are welcome to join. Participating writers will have the option to share their work in this lab with the public, but it is not mandatory.

Meet Your Instructors


Basil Kreimendahl (He/Him/His) is a resident playwright at New Dramatists. He is a working-class, transgender artist, who’s work often explores the intersection of language, class, gender and sexuality. He is currently in development with FX and A24. His plays have won several awards, including the Rella Lossy Playwright Award and a National Science Award from the Kennedy Center. Basil Kreimendahl has been commissioned by Yale Rep., Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s American Revolutions Program, and by Actors Theatre of Louisville. We’re Gonna Be Okay had its world premiere at the 2017 Humana Festival. Basil’s play Orange Julius was developed at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference and had its New York premiere at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in a co-production with P73. Basil’s plays have also been produced or developed by New York Theatre Workshop, American Theater Company, Victory Gardens Theater, Ryder Farm, The Lark, La Jolla Playhouse, and Labyrinth Theater Company among others around the country. Basil has been a McKnight Fellow, Minneapolis Playwrights’ Center and a Jerome Fellow. He’s received an Art Meets Activism Grant for work with the trans community in Kentucky. Basil’s work has been published by Dramatic Publishing and HowlRound. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Iowa in 2013.

Azure D. Osborne-Lee

Azure D. Osborne-Lee (he/they) is a Black queer & trans NYC-based writer from South of the Mason Dixon. He holds an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice (2011) from Royal Central School of Speech & Drama as well as an MA in Women’s & Gender Studies (2008) and a BA in English & Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin (2005). Still Standing Artist in Residence, recipient of Waterwell New Works Lab’s 2021 Commission, Kilroys List 2020 playwright, recipient of Parity Productions’ 2018 Annual Commission, Winner of Downtown Urban Arts Festival’s 2018 Best Play Award, and the 2015 Mario Fratti-Fred Newman Political Play Contest.

Azure’s full-length play “Crooked Parts” will be published in the forthcoming anthology The Methuen Drama Book of Trans Plays. His full-length play “Mirrors” received its world premiere, produced by Parity Productions, at Next Door at New York Theatre Workshop last winter. Unfortunately, this production closed early on March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Azure’s full-length play “Red Rainbow,” commissioned by Waterwell, will receive a virtual run April 29 – May, 2021.


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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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