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Teen-Versionary: Past Education Programs

The programs listed here have been offered as FREE drop-in theatre performance classes to the Diversionary community of LGBTQ+Allied Older Adults. The Silver Squad allows attendees to 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.

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.


Cancelled – A New Musical

Directed & Media Designed
by Jared Mezzocchi
Musical Directed by Ian Brandon
Featuring the Teen-Versionary Ensemble

When a scandal breaks out online in a progressive high school, the Gay-Straight Alliance Club’s leadership is thrown into chaos. Friendships are tested, hierarchy is upended, and how we communicate with one another is challenged in this one-act musical by cutting edge musical theatre writers Kit Yan and Melissa Li.


Dear Harvey

Written by Patricia Loughrey
Music by Thomas Hodges
Directed by Skyler Sullivan

Dear Harvey premiered at Diversionary Theatre in 2009

Extensively researched and beautifully constructed, this documentary-style ensemble play recounts the life and lasting impact of groundbreaking LGBT activist and politician Harvey Milk, as told by the people who knew him best. Spoken word combines with multimedia and music as an ensemble cast moves in and out of the identities of real-world figures whose lives were forever altered by Milk’s too-short career. This spirited play reaffirms his impact and the continued relevance of his campaign towards equality, three decades after his assassination.

Hayden Goldman
Brendon Novosad
Sonya Valle
Rachel Weir
Ilenia Matto
Pierre Cozic
Hailey Corum
Lily McLure
Willow Segall

Director: Skyler Sullivan
Production Manager: Ryan Heath
Stage Manager: Rita Navarro
Assistant Director: Jose Galvan
Lighting Designer: Mashun Tucker
Set Designer: Justin Humphres
Music: Thomas Hodges


Dear Harvey


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Alternatively, you can call us at
(619) 220-0097 x 109.

    About Our Education and Community Engagement Programs

    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 LGBTQIA+ theater in the country. Watch this video to learn more about each of our education programs. 

    By sharing LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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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