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Drop-in Theater Class for Adults

The Silver Squad

A free drop-in acting class for LGBTQ+Allied older adults and seniors ages 55+ to explore their creativity and connect with others.

About the Silver Squad

Everyone has a story to tell, which is why Diversionary welcomes LGBTQ+Allied older adults ages 55+ to attend our free drop-in theatre performance classes through The Silver Squad!

These workshops are a great way to get a sample of what it’s like to come study with us before committing to a longer class, such as The Stonewall Salon. We focus on two performance skills each session, including acting, improv, movement, writing, storytelling, music, voice and speech, circus, and much more.

Gain confidence, make new friends, and learn about the art of theatre as we create a supportive environment to explore your creative voice, and connect with others. Absolutely no prior experience is necessary, and it’s even more fun if you bring a friend.

The Silver Squad meets weekly at Diversionary Theatre and requires no ongoing commitment. Choose from the programming below to register for a class. We look forward to helping you unleash your creativity!

Diversionary Announces New Silver Squad Dates!

In-person* (at Diversionary Theatre)

* You must be vaccinated to attend, and we will check you vaccination card before we begin. Please arrive early to check in and find parking.

More dates to be announced soon!

Meet Your Instructors

Jacqueline Penhos

Jacqueline is a multi-modality and Well-Being educator, she enjoys weaving ancient and modern practices into her work. She specializes in leading large scale workshops, healing circles and creating curriculum for creating self-mastery experiences. Jacqueline believes in Holistic therapy by sharing Meditation, Mindfulness and Restorative Yoga.

Skyler Sullivan
Director of Arts Education and Outreach

Skyler Sullivan is an actor/director/ and arts educator transplanted from New York. While in NYC, he worked with The New Victory Theatre for ten years as a veteran teaching artist, 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 coaching on two P.B.S. shows: Sesame Street and The Electric Company.

Skyler is thrilled to be working with Diversionary Theatre as it continues its tradition of arts education and outreach. Currently in San Diego he also teaches for The Old Globe, and The La Jolla Playhouse. Skyler also works as a therapeutic clown with Healthy Humor, a nonprofit serving chronically and terminally ill kids and their families. Education: B.F.A. in acting Emerson College, M.F.A. in Acting Brooklyn College.

Rita Mooney

Rita Mooney has a Bachelor of Fine and Performing arts from Wayne State University. She began improvising in 1990 and has enjoyed it ever since. She has performed with The Grunions, Static Cling, San Diego Theatresports and Tantra Theater. She was also Head Coach for San Diego Theatresports.

In addition to teaching and performing improvisation, Rita is a certified yoga instructor, a Toastmaster and a story-teller.

Rita enjoys the opportunity to play with others using the improv tools such as ‘yes, and’, offers, listening, status changes, and so many more!


Reach Out to Us Here

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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