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!
* 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, 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.
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: https://zoom.us/test. 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 Ssullivan@diversionary.org
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.
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.
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.
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.
All of these programs are only made possible by the generous support of our donors and our community.