March 10th, 2021, San Diego, CA – Diversionary Theatre has received support from the National New Play Network’s Bridge Program in support of Diversionary Anti-Racism Action Plan and the launch of The Rising Tide Commissioning Program.
Regarding the new commissioning program, Executive Artistic Director, Matt M. Morrow says, “We are so grateful for The National New Play Network’s Bridge Program for their belief in our work in realizing our Anti-Racism Action Plan and this commissioning program. I’m also thrilled beyond belief to welcome Farah Dinga and Kenny Ramos into our intimate artistic family here at Diversionary. I look forward to collaborating with them both over their two year residency and supporting the work they create.“
Through Diversionary Theatre’s Rising Tide Commissioning Program, Kenny Ramos will be developing a new play that centers two-spirit, Kumeyaay experiences in reservation and urban settings in southern California; and Farah Dinga will be developing a new play inspired by South West Asian mythology that mixes magic realism with the queer American experience.
NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK (NNPN) is an alliance of professional theaters that collaborate in innovative ways to develop, produce, and extend the life of new plays. Founded in 1998, NNPN continues to revolutionize the new play landscape through the strength of its member theaters, collaborative efforts, and its nationally recognized programs and services for artists and organizations. The goals of the Bridge Program are two-fold:
Diversionary Theatre, the nation's third oldest LGBTQ Theatre.
With the help of a generous grant from the National New Play Network's Bridge Program, Diversionary Theatre launches a new play commissioning program for BIPOC LGBTQ Playwrights.
Diversionary Theatre is the third-oldest LGBTQ+ theatre in the United States, providing quality live theatre that aims to amplify the diverse voices of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities while promoting social justice for marginalized groups.