The Stonewall Salon is a theatre training program that creates a brave space for older LGBTQ+ and allied adults (55+) to explore creative expression and connect with the community at large in a fun and safe space. The focus of this free, innovative program is to develop, create, and perform your own personal story that shares your unique experience in the world.
Coming this Fall, we launch our next session bringing elders together to unleash their artistic potential. This year we explore writing, storytelling, and devised theatre around the themes of “Our Queer Heroes.” We will lead you through all the steps to create your own original story to honor those who came before us, to be shared on stage for our community.
By learning the building blocks of storytelling through multiple art forms, you unlock your ability to process your experience, and share it with others.
Our professional team will guide participants every step of the way – no theatre experience is necessary. You can expect to be challenged, surprised, and to laugh a lot with your fellow performers!
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, and currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director of Diversionary Theatre.
This group is available to all adults ages 55+ interested in learning about live theatre in a supportive environment that values kindness and celebrates differences. Absolutely no experience is necessary, as our professional teaching artists will guide you every step of the way.
Unlike our drop-in program The Silver Squad, The Stonewall Salon requires a commitment to twice-weekly, two-hour sessions over a seven week period. This program runs annually, typically starting in January with each program being different based on the themes we explore and the teaching team that we engage for each ensemble.
This group is available to all folks who are open to learning in a supportive environment that values kindness, and celebrates differences. Perhaps you have always wanted to learn more about writing or performing? Perhaps you would like to make a new friend? Perhaps you are looking for a fun creative outlet, and fostering joy? Whatever your reason, you will find fun engaging sessions that will encourage you to grow in new directions, and give you a sense of belonging in the community.
To apply to future Stonewall Salon ensembles, submit your application below and Diversionary Theatre’s Education Outreach Director, Skyler Sullivan, will be in touch to schedule a brief interview to get to know you better and answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to connecting with you!
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.