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: firstname.lastname@example.org
2018-2018 Matinee Dates
- Bull in a China Shop - October 10th, 2018
Set at the dawn of the 20thCentury, Bull in a China Shop traces the true story of Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they set out to revolutionize women’s education and electrify the suffrage movement. Told with a modern twist that shoots from the hip, this surprising, whip smart comedy examines the ambition and desires of two women bent on changing the course of history, and how they ended up changing each other.
- This Beautiful City - December 5th 2018
- Created from actual interviews with citizens of Colorado Springs, the capital of the Evangelical movement, this timely musical explores faith, and the organized resistance against Gay rights. Traversing a scandal that rocked the core of the religious right, This Beautiful City illuminates a cross section of a community poised at the volatile intersection of church and state. Diversionary’s revival of this authentic, often humorous exposé of a nation divided honors composer Michael Friedman’s extraordinary contributions to American theatre.
- The Hour of Great Mercy - February 13th, 2019
This poetic new play with music follows Ed, a gay Jesuit priest who leaves the Catholic church to reconcile with his estranged brother in an isolated and icy township in Alaska. As Ed confronts his tragic past and tenuous future, he unexpectedly finds love beneath the starry Alaskan sky, and support from an unlikely ally. Introducing an auspicious new voice in American theatre, The Hour of Great Mercy is a tender, insightful and compassionate story about our collective relationship to illness, family and redemption.
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch - April 17th, 2019
20 years after its explosive debut that changed American theatre forever, this iconic queer rock musical comes to pulsating life for the first time on the Diversionary stage. Outcast turned rock underdog, Hedwig catapults the audience into their outrageous origin story that is both hilarious and horrifying, connecting the deeply personal to the universal. As Hedwig discovers theirself anew through telling their tale, this transcendent musical journey is a thrilling ride to discover your own rock and roll destiny.
- Significant Other - June 19th, 2019
As Jordan Berman pounds the New York City pavement searching for Mr. Right, he wards off lonely nights with his trio of close-knit girlfriends. As singles’ nights turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan must face his own capacity to love, and be loved. Significant Other is a hilarious and heart-wrenching Broadway comedy dives into the trenches of urban single life and the aspirational gay wedding, reminding us that you can’t hurry love—no matter how much you wish you could.
- “The authenticity of the performances as well as the pre and post show Q and A provided learning experiences for my students that they will never forget. This was the first time many of my students have met and interacted with people who identify as part of the LGBT community. I could see the relief and delight on many of my already identifying students as they watched and talked with people who were ‘just like them’.”Kelsey Zeran, Classroom Teacher at Fulton Middle School++“Our Diversionary field trips provide opportunities to promote the arts and arts awareness to our students, some of whom can’t afford theatre tickets, or wouldn’t have gone outside their comfort zone to see Diversionary’s provocative pieces.”Jeannine Marquis, Classroom Teacher at Canyon Crest Academy++“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++“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++“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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