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Drop-in Theater Class for Adults

The Silver Squad

Everyone has a story to tell, which is why Diversionary welcomes LGBTQ+Allied older adults and seniors ages 55+ for free drop-in acting classes to explore their creativity and connect with others.

The Silver Squad meets weekly at Diversionary Theatre and requires no ongoing commitment. 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.

Absolutely no prior experience is necessary, and it’s even more fun if you bring a friend. Choose from the programming below to register for a class. We look forward to helping you unleash your creativity!

Upcoming Silver Squad Classes

All classes are in-person at Diversionary Theatre if not stated otherwise. You must be vaccinated and boosted to attend. Refer to our updated COVID-19 policy here. Please arrive early to check in and find parking.


November 7
New Play Development Center
Instructor: Frankie Alicea-Ford

We all have stories to tell. Would you like to get better at the art of storytelling? Frankie will help guide you through the process of taking your ideas to the next level drawing on many different storytelling techniques.

Improv Playshop!

December 5
6:00-8:00 PM
New Play Development Center at Diversionary Theatre
Instructor: Rita Mooney

Take a break from adulting and come play! We’ll do warm ups and games and some structured, guided scenes. Yes, it’s vulnerable to allow yourself to be silly and create, and what a joyful and fulfilling experience that can be! This playshop is for all levels.

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.

Frankie Alicea-Ford
Associate Artistic Director

Frankie is a San Diego-based, New York City-trained theatre artist who has been working professionally since 2012. After receiving his BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, Frankie has worked as a performer, deviser, educator, and administrator throughout the US and abroad. He has created and spearheaded multiple theater education programs throughout Connecticut and New York and worked as the Residential Director of The Center for Creative Youth, based out of Wesleyan University. 

He currently works as a teaching artist with La Jolla Playhouse, New Village Arts, and Diversionary Theatre and has extensive training in devised theater techniques, arts integration, and trauma-based theater practices. He was most recently an Artistic Associate and the Artist-In-Residence at New Village Arts in Carlsbad, CA, and currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre.

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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