Diversionary Theatre, America’s third oldest LGBT theatre, is proud to present The Stonewall Salon, a lifelong learning program for older adults.
Everyone has a story to tell. Diversionary Theatre invites LGBT Seniors to join its first-ever performance ensemble The Stonewall Salon culminating in a showcase presentation March 2nd and 3rd, 2018. The focus of the ensemble will be to investigate personal stories from the participants lives. Using theatre, storytelling and performance techniques, the program will bring what you have to say to life on the stage.
Beginning January 16th, The Stonewall Salon 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. Rehearsals will be Tuesday and Thursdays from 10:00AM- 12:00PMat Diversionary Theatre.
The Stonewall Salon is an extension of Diversionary’s FREE Acting class series: The Silver Squad. Diversionary Theatre has welcomed over 100 San Diego seniors and their allies since April of 2016 to study theatre. Diversionary is excited to evolve this program to offer a long term artistic experience for the older LGBT and allied community.
“I am thrilled to be offering this unique experience to San Diego’s life-long learners. I’m inspired by older adults because of their life experience, and emotional depth. I look forward to working with these folks and helping them to tell the stories that need to be told.” – Skyler Sullivan, Education Associate, Diversionary Theatre.
Skyler Sullivan has spent 20 years teaching and performing all over the US. After receiving a B.F.A. in acting from Emerson College, he spent 10 years as a lead Teaching Artist and curriculum developer for the New Victory Theatre in New York City focusing on physical theatre. Skyler collaborated with Sesame Workshop where he was the acting coach for both Sesame Street, and The Electric Company. Now on the West coast, he teaches for Diversionary Theatre, New Village Arts, La Jolla Playhouse, Arts 4 Learning San Diego and Fern St. Circus. He is also a Clown Doctor with Healthy Humor. As an actor, favorite credits include the role of “Voltaire” in Emilie at New Village Arts, and Ensemble of the World Premiere of “Ballast” by Georgette Kelly. M.F.A. Acting, Brooklyn College.
Nicole Cantalupo is a second year M.A. student at San Diego State University. Her focus is on Theatre Education for all ages. She is an acting coach and director at Center Stage Children’s Theatre in Mission Hills, a teaching artist for Diversionary Theatre, and the Education Programs Manager at MOXIE Theatre. Nicole is also a lecturer at SDSU, where she works with aspiring primary and secondary school teachers to incorporate theatre in their classrooms