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Teen-Versionary was created as a unique performance experience for LGBTQ+ and allied teens who create a brave and safe space to creatively collaborate on a new scripted play or text that explores queer themes, issues, and experiences. This program is made free of charge to all participating teens thanks to the generous support of our donors and sponsors.

About Teen-Versionary

Through a two-week intensive rehearsal process, the ensemble will get a taste of the real, fast-paced professional theatre process where a new play is rehearsed and performed in two weeks.

All teens ages 14-18 who are eager to be part of something special are encouraged to apply to join Diversionary Theatre’s LGBTQIA+Allied ensemble! Because of the advanced timeline of our productions, some theatrical experience is a plus, but not required.

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 or your parents may have.

Thanks for giving yourself the gift of community and creativity. We look forward to connecting with you!

Summer 2022: July 5th - 15th

Directed by Wilfred Paloma

This year we worked on a new play by LA-based trans playwright Josh Gershick, entitled Dear ONE: Love & Longing in MidCentury Queer America, inspired by letters submitted to the nation’s first openly queer publication, One Magazine, between 1953-1965.

Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America

by Joshua Gershick Directed by Skyler Sullivan Inspired by letters to and from One Magazine, the nation’s first openly queer publication, between 1953-1965, Dear ONE: Love & Longing in Mid-Century Queer America is a loving demonstration of the diversity of our community that has long existed and resisted prior to the Stonewall riots. The letters have been curated into a beautiful spectrum of voices from our community and are performed by our LGBTQ+ Teen-Versionary ensemble and selected LGBTQ elders, making it an intergenerational event.
Dear One

Meet Your Instructor

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.


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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