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    Everyone has a story to tell. Diversionary Theatre invites LGBTQ Seniors 55 and up to join its first-ever performance ensemble The Silver Squad. The focus of the ensemble is to investigate the stories you have to tell, while learning valuable theatre, storytelling and performance techniques to bring what you have to say to life on the stage.

    Full Class:

    The Silver Squad will meet twice a week at Diversionary over a seven-week period to work on storytelling, acting, improv, and writing, and create their own ensemble-based show to share with the community. The entire community will be invited to attend the special presentation on the mainstage of Diversionary Theatre. Dates: TBA

    Drop In Class:

    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 in The Silver Squad. Our Drop in classes are a good way to get a sample of what it is like to come study with us before committing to a longer class. We focus on two performance skills each session, that may include:  Acting, Improv, Movement, Writing, Storytelling, Music, Voice and Speech, Circus, and much more! No commitment, and they are Free!

    Upcoming Drop-In Dates:

     11:00AM-1:00PM

    April 1st        Acting  (please bring a short piece of text to explore)

    May 6th         Storytelling 

    Acting: We will explore the tools of the actor: Voice, Body, and imagination. Please bring a short piece of text like a poem, monologue, or song lyrics that you connect to in some way. Come in with a willingness to play and connect with others.

    Storytelling: We will be writing short pieces drawing from our own experience, and then using tools to put them on stage. This is great for anyone who has an interest in writing, and perhaps sharing it with and audience someday. This would be a great start to prepare for our next OPEN FLAME Storytelling event coming up in late May.

    Diversionary Theatre
    Call  Skyler at 619-220-6830 x 109 for more information.

    Instructors:

    Skyler Sullivan is originally from Hartford CT, he has spent 20 years teaching and performing all over the US. After receiving a B.F.A. in acting from Emerson College, he found himself working in Oakland CA as a P.E. teacher. Realizing that the arts could be infused in all areas of study, he continued training as an actor in movement, voice and speech. Skyler spent 10 years as a lead Teaching Artist and curriculum developer for the New Victory Theatre in New York City. Now on the West coast, he teaches for Diversionary Theatre, New Village Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, and Fern St. Circus. He is also a Clown Doctor with the Big Apple Circus. As an actor, Skyler just completed the role of “Voltaire” in Emilie at New Village Arts in Carlsbad. M.F.A.in acting, Brooklyn College.

  •  Student Matinee Series

    Diversionary Theatre’s Student Matinee Program partners with San Diego middle and high schools and youth groups to provide access to theatre 100% free of charge. Our programming focuses on reaching young people with little or no access to the arts, promoting cross-cultural tolerance around LGBTQ themes and issues while cultivating a theatre-going audience for the future. At least one Student Matinee is scheduled for every show produced on our Mainstage.

    Diversionary’s Education Associate works closely with each participating school and organization to ensure an enriching experience for students and educators alike. Our Education Associate collaborates with the classroom teacher on scheduling a pre-show workshop where a Diversionary Teaching Artist visits the classroom to introduce the play’s subject matter and themes to the students using theatre games and an interactive lesson plan. We also offer assistance connecting our programming to Common Core Standards.

    Each Student Matinee is scheduled for 11am on Wednesdays, and immediately following the performance the students are treated to a talk back with members of the cast and creative team. The talk back is moderated and students are encouraged to ask questions and give feedback on their experience with the performance.

    Within a week after the Student Matinee, the same Diversionary Teaching artist returns to the classroom with a workshop to help the students contextualize the performance they attended and tie it back to their own lives.

    Diversionary also offers access to blocks of seats for student groups in our regular schedule of shows. Please be in touch with our Education Associate about arranging your group: ssullivan@diversionary.org

  • Summer Acting Camp at Diversionary Theatre!
    Presents: The Laramie Project
    Dates: 7/25-8/5 (Monday Through Friday)
    Time : 9AM-3PM
    Where: Diversionary Theatre (Black Box Theatre) 4545 Park Blvd. San Diego
    Cost: $415
    Auditions: 5/2,5/3,5/4
    4:00PM-6:00PM
    (Please prepare a one minute monologue)
    Call the Junior Theatre main office at 619-239-1311 to book an audition time, and for further information.
    Advanced Acting Camp @ Diversionary – The Laramie Project
    Designed for advanced-level performers, Advanced Acting Camp(AAC) is by audition only. Campers will rehearse The Laramie Project and give a performance at the end of the session. Based on the events surrounding the murder of Matthew Shepard, The Laramie Project effectively combines the testimonies of those involved and affected by this tragedy, painting a vivid picture of a community broken by intolerance and rebuilt by love and forgiveness. Please note, AAC Camp meets at The Diversionary Theatre, from 9am to 3pm. To audition, students will prepare a one-minute monologue.
      For more information, call 619-239-1311, or go to juniortheatre.com.


    NOTE: The Laramie Project contains some mature language, descriptions of violence, and will inspire frank discussions in rehearsal. Perusal copies of the script are available in the SDJT Education Office.

  • Season page - LIZARD - DTP

    October 18th, 2016 at 11 am

    Part graphic novel. Part musical horror tale. Part Lizard. Part Boy. From its acclaimed production in Seattle comes a radically original musical that will set San Diego ablaze. Legend has it that from the ashes of Mount St. Helens emerged a monster with mysterious powers that changed one boy’s life forever. Freak or hero? Trevor better find out before it’s too late. This indie-folk-rock-concert-coming-of-age-love-story about the power of individuality will shatter your notions of what a musical can be!

    season page - WELL - DTP

    March 19th, 2017 at 11 am

    This pioneering Broadway comedy begins as a reverent study of the playwright’s chronically ill Mom and her extraordinary ability to heal a racially divided community despite her inability to make herself well. But when the playwright’s carefully crafted characters start having opinions of their own, theatrical hell breaks loose threatening to unravel the entire story. This uproariously funny and magical memoir reveals how we heal ourselves is not always the best medicine for those we love.

    season page - 2.5 - DTP

    March 15th, 2017 at 11 am

    Returning to San Diego for the first time since its celebrated World Premiere, this inventive solo show is a roller coaster adventure through the playwright’s family album, focusing on her relationship with her Father, a Holocaust survivor. Swirling through three disparate yet strikingly resonant experiences of a trip to Auschwitz, a Brooklyn wedding and an annual outing to an Ohio Amusement Park, a disarming story emerges about the ties that bind a family and a compelling portrait of a honorable man.

    season page - BALLAST - DTP

    May 24th, 2017 at 11 am

    How do we become who we are? In an investigation of identification and intimacy, BALLAST intertwines the story of two relationships between trans and cisgender partners as they grapple with the stranger  they find across the dinner table and in the mirror. This cutting-edge new play skydives into personal identity, navigating intricate dreamscapes to explore how gender shapes our spirituality, desires and destiny.

    Join our Student/Educator Mailing list below. If you are interested in attending a matinee, please contact  our Education Associate about arranging your group:

    ssullivan@diversionary.org

    619.220.6830


     

     

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    If you are interested in attending a matinee, please contact  our Education Associate about arranging your group:

    ssullivan@diversionary.org

    619.220.6830


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    “Working with the Skyler and the Diversionary theater has helped transform my students into thinking about theater as a vehicle for change.  I am honored to have such an incredible working experience with their educational program.  It has enriched my classroom and made a deep impression on my students and the way I teach my class.  Thank you! “
    Jennifer Howard-  appreciative teacher at HTHNC
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    “I never miss an opportunity to drive on a field trip to the theater, and the Diversionary Theater did not disappoint me with their show Amazons and their Men.”
    Denise Bos- HTHNC parent
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    “What struck me walking into your classroom was the collaboration between community leaders (Diversionary Theater) and students sitting in a circle discussing the play after they had seen the performance.”
    Isaac Jones, Director High Tech High North County

     

     

     

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    Arts Education Company In-Residence
     
    Diversionary Theatre is pleased to welcome impACT On Stage as our Arts Education Organization In Residence. ImpACT on Stage is a nonprofit organization that uses live theater to do programming in schools, colleges, workplaces, and community centers about bullying, sexual assault, and substance abuse issues.


    Through a variety of programs battling such issues as bullying, consent and sexual violence, alcohol and drug abuse, and workplace discrimination, impACT makes a difference in the lives of students and adults around the world. Each program includes our proprietary curriculum, tied to the California Common Core standards, that covers the terminology used in the live performances and begins to establish the scope and scale of each issue. ImpACT provides students and employees with engaging resources that are both informational and accessible, while teachers and bosses receive specific lesson-plans covering ways to have meaningful and successful conversations about these issues.

     

    For more information, please visit impACT at http://impactonstage.org/