May
22
to Aug 23

Stagebridge Summer Classes - info and registration opens May 29!

Summer's coming, and so are summer classes at Stagebridge. Schedule of Summer Performing Arts Institute classes, intensives and workshops (running June 22 - August 24) available and registration opens on Tuesday, May 29!

And if you're curious to see a sample of what some of our classes do, be sure to check out our Spring Class showcases running June 4th through June 12th at Piedmont Center for the Arts, Downtown Oakland Senior Center, The Flight Deck, on the Stagebridge campus, and at The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center!

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Aug
13
to Sep 28

Fall 2018 Class Registration - Mark your calendars!

Welcome new and continuing students at Stagebridge!

The Fall 2018 class schedule will be posted online on Monday, August 13th at 9:30AM. You can register online at our website: www.stagebridge.org. Look for the registration link under the tab "Classes." If you would like to register in person, Stagebridge Staff will set up a registration table in the lobby atrium at 9:30AM on Monday August 13th. We are located inside the First Congregational Church of Oakland at 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612. We accept cash, credit, or check.

The 10-week Fall Term will begin on Monday September 24th and runs through to Friday December 4th. No classes will be held the week of Thanksgiving, November 19-23. 

We look forward to meeting new students and seeing familiar faces again in the Fall!

 

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Aug
22
1:30 PM13:30

Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

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Sep
5
1:30 PM13:30

September Elder Salon (first of two this month) at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

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Sep
19
1:30 PM13:30

September Elder Salon #2

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

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Oct
3
1:30 PM13:30

Next Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

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Oct
24
1:30 PM13:30

Second October Elder Salon at Stagebridge!

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

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Aug
1
1:30 PM13:30

August Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

 

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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Jul
18
1:30 PM13:30

July Elder Salon at Stagebridge

Our continuing Wednesday Elder Salons have taken root for the long term.  We are exploring the awesome and difficult dynamics of living into our elder years, challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose. We are riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence... olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Loss and Death, and surfacing themes will continue for our upcoming Salons —we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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Jun
20
1:30 PM13:30

The next ELDER SALON at Stagebridge

The Elder Salons continue: come join the community in the Elder Salon and explore the dynamics of living into the elder years: riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence - olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring. 

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, this FREE gathering is led by facilitators Molly Arthur and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald.

On June 20, we will devote ourselves to creatively surfacing themes for our Salons through October—we will also explore the shape and process this vital community will take as we grow in friendship and caring. 

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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Jun
19
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - Listen from home!

Tune in to the next installment of Stagebridge's free monthly online/phone Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., JUNE 19th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well Connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Jun
12
7:30 PM19:30

The Art of Storytelling: America Retold in Times Unseen at The Marsh Berkeley

The Art of Storytelling: America Retold in Times Unseen presents an evening of original stories at the Marsh, Berkeley. Directed by Jeanne Haynes.

Once again, as part of The Marsh's Times Unseen project, Jeanne Haynes' Art of Storytelling class has developed stories focusing on the country’s political divide. Spring session's theme "America Retold" focuses on activation stories with their ring of hope, and this showcase presents an evening of original, personal stories reflecting the nation's political divide and the splendid ways, large and small, in which people here at home and far-away lands are actively involved in problematic and controversial issues.

Tickets and more info available here (use online discount code "Stagebridge" to eliminate the service fee). The Marsh Cabaret opens early before the show, and will feature special "America Retold" drinks (with or without alcohol)!

Note: as a courtesy to everyone, please do not bring infants to the show.

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Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

Staged Reading Showcase at Piedmont Center for the Arts

Stagebridge's Staged Reading class presents an evening of delightful one-acts by David Ives, master of language and wordplay.

Ives is known for his "enchanting... incisively intelligent and side-splittingly funny" series of one act plays, including full-length plays "Don Juan in Hell" and "Venus in Fur." Beneath the comedy, universal truths also lurk about us: how we act, how we dream and aspire, and how we thwart ourselves.

Directed by Trish Tillman, this event takes place at Piedmont Center for the Arts - more info / purchase tickets here.

Get tickets at: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3438324

 

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Jun
6
7:00 PM19:00

Playwriting Showcase at The Flight Deck

Our Spring Playwriting Showcase features short works and excerpts written by playwrights in our Monday Playwriting and Wednesday Writing Full-Length Plays classes, performed by professional actors and directors, and produced by Anthony Clarvoe. It's a great opportunity to enjoy a FREE evening of theatre while supporting local artists!

This event takes place at The Flight Deck - 1540 Broadway in Oakland. Reserve your FREE tickets here!

PLEASE NOTE: As a courtesy to everyone, late arrivals will be asked to wait in the lobby until a break in between plays to enter the theater.

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Jun
6
1:30 PM13:30

Next Elder Salon Meeting at Stagebridge

Come join the community in the Elder Salon and explore the dynamics of living into the elder years: riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence - olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring. 

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, this FREE gathering is led by facilitators Molly Arthur and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, and aims to build a curriculum from real day-to-day life components including our deepest imaginings & yearningsas members seek to claim a new identity: Conscious Elder.

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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Jun
5
7:30 PM19:30

Musical Theatre, Jazz and Broadway Harmony Chorus, and Tap Showcase: "A Chorus Line"

Encore, encore!

Musical Theatre, Jazz and Broadway Harmony Chorus, and Tap present "A Chorus Line" for a free evening performance showcase. You'll be bopping and dancing to the talents of these classes led by instructors  Ellen Robinson, Bruce Bierman and Sam Weber!

This free evening of entertainment takes place on the Stagebridge campus in Reidenbach Hall on Tuesday, June 5 from 7:30 - 8:30pm. See you there!

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Jun
4
3:00 PM15:00

Musical Theatre and Jazz and Broadway Harmony Chorus Showcase: "A Chorus Line"

It's not just ONE, but two singular sensational showcases in one!

Musical Theatre and Stagebridge's Jazz and Broadway Harmony Chorus classes present "A Chorus Line," and you'll enjoy the talents of Musical Director Ellen Robinson with  choreography by Bruce Bierman. This FREE afternoon of entertainment takes place at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center (in the Veteran's Memorial Building at 200 Grand Ave.) on Monday, June 4 at 3:00pm. See you there!

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Jun
4
to Jun 12

Spring 2018 Class Showcases!

It's showtime - save the dates to join us for the following SPRING CLASS SHOWCASES!

WED. MAY 30, 11:00am: In-class showcase: Improv Games (Angel Room)

WED. MAY 30, 12:30pm: In-class showcase: Improv Performance (Choir Room)

MON. JUNE 4, 11:00am: In-class showcase: Monday Singing (Angel Room)

MON. JUNE 4, 3:00pm: In-class showcase: Beginning Playback Theatre (Basement Room)

MON. JUNE 4, 3:00pm at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center (Veterans Memorial Building, 200 Grand Ave.):
MUSICAL THEATRE and JAZZ AND BROADWAY HARMONY CHORUS classes present "A Chorus Line" in a free afternoon showcase performance from Musical Director Ellen Robinson and choreography by Bruce Bierman.

TUES. JUNE 5, 11:00am: In-class showcase: Tuesday Singing (Angel Room)

TUES. JUNE 5 4:00pm: Class showcase: Playback Theatre (Gallery)

TUES. JUNE 5, 7:30pm-8:30pm at Reidenbach Hall on the Stagebridge campus:
MUSICAL THEATRE, JAZZ AND BROADWAY HARMONY CHORUS, and TAP present "A Chorus Line" from the classes of Ellen Robinson, Bruce Bierman and Sam Weber. Enjoy this free evening of entertainment!

WED. JUNE 6, 7pm-9pm at The Flight Deck (1540 Broadway, Oakland):
PLAYWRITING SHOWCASE featuring work written by playwrights in our Monday and Wednesday classes, performed by professional actors and directors, and produced by Anthony Clarvoe! Reserve your free tickets at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3426661

THUR. JUNE 7, 11:00am: In-class showcase: Thursday Singing (Angel Room)

FRI. JUNE 8, 7pm at Piedmont Center for the Arts
STAGED READING presents an evening of one-acts by David Ives, who is known for his enchanting, intelligent and funny works. The plays may be staged, but the work comes alive under the direction of Trish Tillman! Tickets and more info here.

TUES. JUNE 12, 7:30pm at The Marsh Arts Center in Berkeley.
"THE ART OF STORYTELLING: America Retold in Times Unseen" presents an evening of original, personal stories reflecting the nation's political divide and the splendid ways, large and small, in which people near and far are actively involved in problematic and controversial issues. Directed by Jeanne Haynes. Tix and more info here.

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Jun
4
to Jun 25

Stagebridge Non-Profit Mondays in June at PROPOSITION CHICKEN!

Have we got a PROPOSITION for you, and we're not CHICKEN telling you about it!


The good folks at Oakland's Proposition Chicken have selected us to benefit from their "Non-Profit Monday" program: they'll donate 10% of DINE-IN SALES on MONDAYS during the month of JUNE to Stagebridge, so MUNCH on MONDAYS this JUNE for a good cause.

Their food is delicious (including GLUTEN-FREE options) and they give back to the community - something we love to squawk about. If you practice Meatless Mondays, no worries... try their tasty VEGETARIAN options. See their menu here, but don't drool too much!

Save yourself from cooking and check 'em out at 3260 Lakeshore Ave. on these Mondays from 11:00am - 9:00pm: JUNE 4  | JUNE 11  | JUNE 18  | JUNE 25 ... so make it a date, hang out with friends, classmates, family, or just treat yourself to something yummy!

Read more about their Non-Profit Monday program here.
 

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Jun
2
1:00 PM13:00

Grandparent's Tales at Books Inc. in Alameda!

Join us for a celebration of our GRANDPARENT'S TALES writing contest, which has been going strong in elementary schools for a quarter of a century!!!
In this annual event, kids interview and chronicle stories of older adults in their lives, sometimes adding original artwork to accompany their entries - and along with Stagebridge's STORYBRIDGE school outreach program, is part of how we like to bridge the generations.

JOIN US on SAT., JUNE 2 at 1:00pm at Books Inc. in Alameda to hear some of these young storytellers share their sweetly nostalgic, sometimes hilarious entries. Books Inc. is generously donating a portion of the proceeds from book sales during the event to Stagebridge, so bring your shopping list and shop for a good cause!


For more info about Grandparent's Tales: http://www.stagebridge.org/grandparents-tales/

Books Inc. is located at 1344 Park St., Alameda, CA 94501 - click here for directions!

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May
20
3:00 PM15:00

STAGEBRIDGE DAY: "Central Asian Stories" at Berkeley's Silk Road House

Jump on the caravan and join Stagebridge, A Senior Theatre Company storytellers Kiran Rana, Suz Shampanier, and Ben Tucker for an afternoon of tales as Stagebridge and Berkeley's Silk Road House partner to bring an afternoon of CENTRAL ASIAN STORIES on SUNDAY, MAY 20 at 3:00pm.

This Stagebridge Day Caravan of Stories will educate, entertain and inspire you with tales from far-flung locales in some of the lesser-known regions of Central Asia!
Silk Road $10 tickets available here.

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May
18
12:30 PM12:30

"The Joy of Dementia" at Stagebridge

Described as "a playful and philosophical exploration of how we can create a new performance of dementia," this event is co-presented by Life Performance Coaching and Stagebridge and looks at new ways to approach the issue of dementia on FRIDAY, MAY 18th 12:30 - 3:00pm.

Open to anyone dealing with dementia - including caregivers, program staff, people with dementia, family and community members, this experiential workshop hopes to inspire conversation and promote development, inclusion and hope in one of life's most difficult situations.

Tickets and more info here (special rates for students / retired / low-income). This event will be in the Gallery.

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May
16
1:30 PM13:30

ELDER SALON Meeting

Come join the community in the Elder Salon and explore the dynamics of living into the elder years: riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence - olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring. 

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, this FREE gathering is led by facilitators Molly Arthur and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, and aims to build a curriculum from real day-to-day life components including our deepest imaginings & yearningsas members seek to claim a new identity: Conscious Elder.

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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May
15
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - call or log in from home to listen!

Tune in to the next installment of Stagebridge's free monthly online/phone Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., MAY 15th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT that you can listen to from the comfort of your own home. At the conclusion of the stories, listeners can participate in talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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May
3
12:00 PM12:00

May Lunchtime Storytelling!

Join Stagebridge storytellers  Lois Kincy and Naomi Puro for some free Lunchtime Storytelling, located in the Gallery at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt.

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May
2
1:30 PM13:30

Elder Salon Meeting at Stagebridge

Come join the community in the Elder Salon and explore the dynamics of living into the elder years: riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence - olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring. 

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, this FREE gathering is led by facilitators Molly Arthur and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, and aims to build a curriculum from real day-to-day life components including our deepest imaginings & yearningsas members seek to claim a new identity: Conscious Elder.

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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Apr
19
12:00 PM12:00

Post-tax day - celebrate with FREE Lunchtime Storytelling!

It's the Gerry and Terry show! If you've finished preparing your taxes, why not treat yourself with the lucky 7th in our Lunchtime Storytelling series? And it's free!

Join Stagebridge storytellers Gerry Keenan and Terry Stokes for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, April 19th at 12:00 noon. It all happens in the Gallery at the First Congregational Church of Oakland.

Each free, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Apr
18
1:30 PM13:30

Elder Salon Meeting at Stagebridge

Come join the community in the Elder Salon and explore the dynamics of living into the elder years: riding the wave edge of a massive global emergence - olders becoming Elders through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring. 

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, this FREE gathering is led by facilitators Molly Arthur and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, and aims to build a curriculum from real day-to-day life components including our deepest imaginings & yearningsas members seek to claim a new identity: Conscious Elder.

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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Apr
17
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - listen or log-in from home!

Tune in to our free monthly online/phone Senior Center Without Walls Storytelling Concert!

Join us on TUES., APR. 17th at 3:00pm for a FREE one-hour STORYTELLING CONCERT from the comfort of your own home.

Through Senior Center Without Walls, members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers (under the guidance of Storytelling Director Kirk Waller) weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / SCWW monthly concerts −and SCWW membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: http://www.seniorcenterwithoutwalls.org/

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Apr
12
12:00 PM12:00

Stagebridge Town Hall Brown Bag Lunch Meeting

Bring your brown bag lunch and your ideas to the next Stagebridge Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, April 12th at 12:00pm in the Chapel.

Stagebridge Board members will share information about the present and future of Stagebridge. Come prepared with questions, concerns, ideas, and/or sign up to join a Fundraising, Outreach, or Anniversary Committee!

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Apr
11
7:00 PM19:00

Playwriting Showcase at The Flight Deck!

With instructor and master playwright Anthony Clarvoe, Stagebridge writers have been hard at work creating original short and full-length plays over the course of the last year. Now is your chance to see these plays brought to life by some of the best Bay Area actors and directors... and it's FREE!

This showcase features students from our Monday Playwriting and Writing Full-Length Plays classes, and is a great opportunity to support local artists while enjoying a great evening of theater! This event takes place at The Flight Deck - 1540 Broadway in Oakland.

PLEASE NOTE: As a courtesy to everyone, late arrivals will be asked to wait in the lobby until a break in between plays to enter the theater.

Seats are filling up !!! Reserve your free tickets here or call (510) 444-4755

UNTIL 3pm on the day of the show. Any walk-ups are first come, first-served.

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Apr
5
12:00 PM12:00

April Lunchtime Storytelling -no foolin'!

It's time for April's Lunchtime Storytelling, and that's no foolin'.  Join Stagebridge storytellers Ann Riley and Linda Pulliam for the next installment of our Lunchtime Storytelling series on Thursday, April 5th at 12:00 noon. It all happens at Stagebridge, located at the First Congregational Church of Oakland. This event takes place in the Gallery.

Each FREE, noontime hour-long event features two student storytellers with a variety of pieces-some funny, some poignant, and all of them heartfelt!

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Apr
4
1:30 PM13:30

Elder Salon Meeting at Stagebridge

Come join the community in the Elder Salon and explore the dynamics of living into the elder years: challenging ageism and seeking depth of meaning and purpose through dialogue, exploration, sharing, and deeply caring as olders become Elders.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Conscious Elders Network, this next FREE gathering is led by facilitators Molly Arthur and Rev. Kurt Kuhwald, and aims to build a curriculum from real day-to-day life components including our deepest imaginings & yearningsas members seek to claim a new identity: Conscious Elder.

This event takes place in the Basement / CYF room - enter on Harrison through the purple door.

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