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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!

Upcoming 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.


Monday, September 27, 2021 at 5:00PM A fun-filled workshop of theatre exercises and improv games. We will expand our sense of play, and try what it feels like to be an actor with no script. If you need to laugh, this class is for you, don’t miss it.


Monday, November 15, 2021 at 5:00PM 

Have you always wanted to gain confidence and shape your experience or imagination into a story? Come learn some fun storytelling techniques to take your ideas from the page to the stage. This fun workshop will give you the space to practice this form, and share your ideas in a comfortable and supportive environment. Beginners and advanced storytellers are welcome.

Devising Workshop
Monday, December 13, 2021 at 5:00PM

Since the beginning of time, humans have felt the need to tell our stories. We rely on these stories to pass on our histories, our lessons, our humanity, our very identity. But how do we do that? Join us as we dive into the world of Devised Theater! In this one-hour workshop we will discuss how we collaboratively create a story and then tell stories of our own. See you there! 

Virtual Classes (on Zoom)

Writing Workshop

Monday, November 1st, 2021 at 5:00PM

In this creative writing workshop we will do some quick writing exercises and some fun writing games to get your writing juices flowing. You may be surprised to find your inner writer come alive through this journey. All writers are welcome, and no experience is required.

Please click the “register” button to receive the link to join the Zoom Meeting. You will want to register in advance to be sure you receive the link on time. You can test Zoom out here: Skyler will be online 15 minutes before each session to help, and to be available for a lesson in how to use it for the class. For more information call Skyler at (619) 220-6830 x 109 or email

Meet Your Instructors

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.

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.


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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