Jun
24
to Aug 5

Summer Session of Performing Arts Institute classes begins!

Welcome, summer Stagebridgers! The first wave of Summer session classes opens the week of JUNE 24! Classes, workshops and intensives continue throughout the summer months—with some starting in July and August, so be sure to check the schedule for your favorites—you can enjoy your summer travels and still feed your creative side!

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Jul
3
1:30 PM13:30

July Elder Salon

Our ongoing Wednesday Elder Salons cover topics such as Elderhood, Legacy, Spirituality & Meaning, Elder Friendship, Racism & Privilege, Creativity,and more, with the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging social time. Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community. 

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement.
*PLEASE NOTE The JULY 17 salon has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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Jul
25
to Jul 28

Stagebridge Storytellers at National Storytelling Summit

Storytellers: sharpen your skills at the National Storytelling Summit from July 25-28! Sponsored by the National Storytelling Network, this conference takes place in Fremont, CA this year.

Learn from the pros in workshops with renowned tellers, including Stagebridge Director of Storytelling Clara Kamunde presenting Telling Tales in School: Secrets to Developing and Implementing an Award-Winning Inter-Generational Elementary School Storytelling Program on July 27.

Stagebridging Storytellers Liz Nichols, MaryGay Ducey, and Olga Loya also take part in workshops and panels during this storytelling summit.

For more info and registration:

https://storynet.org/nsnevents/conference/general-conference-schedule
https://storynet.org/nsnevents/conference/

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Aug
7
1:30 PM13:30

August Elder Salon # 1

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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality. This meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement Room.

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Aug
21
1:30 PM13:30

Second August Elder Salon

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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging connection with community. This meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement.

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Jun
19
1:30 PM13:30

Almost-summer 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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, June 19th. Join us and get ready for summer!

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Jun
18
3:00 PM15:00

Personal Storytelling Concert - listen and talkback from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00pm to Stagebridge’s 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 a talkback discussion.

Through our partnership with Covia Well connected (formerly Senior Center Without Walls), members can call in to hear Stagebridge storytellers weave their magic in these monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Jun
15
2:00 PM14:00

It's Never Too Late for the Future: Celebrate with Stagebridge!

Join us for an afternoon of community, light refreshments, prizes, and a hilarious musical tribute to show business in a performance from Stagebridge’s longest running touring group, Never Too Late!

It’s never too late to support your community - help Stagebridge to thrive and close out our year in the black! We’re close to our goal of raising $50,000 this fiscal year, with just $6,000 left to go - WOW! Help us cross the finish line and support Stagebridge’s programs like classes, workshops and intensives offered all year through the Performing Arts Institute (PAI), inter-generational storytelling in the schools with our Storybridge program, and community engagement performances and workshops through our Seniors Reaching Out (SRO) program to the public and to fragile and isolated seniors.

Suggested donation at the door: $10

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Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Staged Reading Showcase at Piedmont Center for the Arts

It’s all staged…Staged Reading, that is!

Enjoy an evening of entertainment from the Staged Reading class as they present their showcase for the Spring session, performing these short works:

  • Grand Scheme by Jack Neary  

  • A Lifetime Achievement by Jack Neary

  • Farewell and Adieu by Jack Neary

  • A Life Assembled by Kirt Shineman      

Suggested donation at the door: $5.00

This showcase will be presented at: Piedmont Center for the Arts ·  801 Magnolia Ave. Piedmont, CA 94611 Doors open at 6:45.

More info here.

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Jun
12
7:00 PM19:00

Take Flight with A View From The Bridge

SAVE THE DATE!! It’s an all-Stagebridge sampler of Singing, Dancing, Acting, Comedy…we do it all!

This variety showcase is more fun than a box of chocolates and takes place at Oakland’s The Flight Deck on Wednesday, June 12th at 7:00pm (doors open 6:30). Sample a little bit of what our Performing Arts Institute classes offer in Singing, Dance, Playback, Comedy, and more!

This venue is wheelchair-accessible. Parking is tight, so we recommend carpooling, taking public transit, Uber or Lyft.

Suggested donation at door: $10.00

Seating is limited. Reserve your General Admission space here with Brown Paper Tickets!

NOTE: DUE TO THIS EVENT, THE STAGEBRIDGE OFFICE WILL BE CLOSED UNTIL NOON.

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Jun
10
to Jun 14

It's Spring Showcase time!

It’s time for Stagebridge’s Spring 2019 Performing Arts Institute Class Showcases!

Monday, June 10:

11:00am: Viewpoints - Sanctuary

11:00am: Monday Singing - Angel Room

2:00pm: Musical Theatre “Cabaret”- Sanctuary

3:00pm: Beg/Int Playback - CYF/Basement

Tuesday, June 11:

  11:00am:Tues. Singing - Angel Room

  11:00am: Scene Study - New Oakland Room

  4:00pm: Harmony Ensemble - Angel Room

4:00pm: Adv. Playback - Choir Room

Wednesday, June 12:

10:30am: Stand-up Comedy - Choir Room

1:00pm: Clowning - Angel Room

2:00pm: Improv Singing - Choir Room

Thursday, June 13:

 11:00am:Thur. Singing - Angel Room

  7:00pm-8:00pm: *Staged Reading at Piedmont Center for the Arts ·  801 Magnolia Ave. Piedmont, CA 94611 (*off-campus; suggested donation at door: $5.00)

Friday, June 14:

10:30am: Storytelling- Angel Room

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Jun
5
1:30 PM13:30

June 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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, June 5th. Come join us!

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May
24
10:00 AM10:00

Encore, encore - Hip Hop Dance, Demystified new session!

Hop on over - this popular workshop has people jumping for joy, so we’re offering an encore 5-week session to keep the joy going! Let your inner dancer hip hop on out with the next session of Hip Hop Dance, Demystified. Fun, low-impact but upbeat, this dance class takes the mystery out of hip hop and breaks the choreography down so you can turn those two left feet into deft feet as you find your own style and vibe!

A new choreographed dance will be cumulatively taught during this session using contemporary, retro, reggae and R&B music. Newbies and all levels are welcome! Wear comfortable clothing, supportive athletic or dance shoes, and bring your water bottle to hydrate while you hip hop!

"I have so much fun dancing to really great music," says one student, "and it's a fantastic workout, too - I love this class!"

Fee: $108

For more info, or to register:
https://www.stagebridge.org/spring-2019-regist…/hiphopjudith

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May
22
1:30 PM13:30

Second May 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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, May 22nd. Come join us!

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May
16
12:00 PM12:00

Lunchtime Storytelling season concludes on May 16!

The final LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING of the season at Stagebridge happens on May 16!

This event wraps up the season with Stagebridge storytellers Lois Kincy and Tom Pulsifer for the final lunchtime tales, located in the Choir Room at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Tap 5-week workshop begins!

Absolute beginners, we want you—for Tap, that is!

Have you ever wished you could dance like Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers? Stagebridge is offering a five-week Intro to Tap class that will have you light on your feet in just a few short classes as you learn the basics with instructor Lucia Fanelli. The joy of tap is not just for others, but for you, too!

Mondays starting May 6- June 10

More info and registration here!

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Stagebridge and The Caravan of Stories at Silk Road House

Stagebridge and The Caravan of Stories at Berkeley's Silk Road House partner for the second year to present a special storytelling event! Enjoy an afternoon of entertainment while helping to support Stagebridge with Stories from the Steppes, featuring tales from Stagebridge storytellers Suz Shampanier, Eleanor Clement Glass, Melissa Hobbs, Ida Johnson, Kiran Rana, and guest storyteller Jim Fresquez.

Join us for a storied journey to the heart of the Silk Road, as the folktales of Central Asia open a window into a world where a slave can find the lake where the sun and the moon bathe, a wise and brave queen can ride into battle to save her husband, and more.

A portion of proceeds from this event go to Stagebridge, so enjoy a mini-vacation as you travel to other worlds for an afternoon while helping to support our programs!

Purchase tickets here: $10

For questions or more information, contact Coordinator for Storytelling Programs Dana Sherry at: [email protected]

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May
1
1:30 PM13:30

Kick off May with the next Elder Salon

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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, May 1st. Come join us!

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May
1
10:00 AM10:00

Celebrate Older Americans Month with Stagebridge and Never Too Late in Oakland!

It’s never too late to celebrate Older Americans Month! Join Stagebridge at the City of Oakland’s Older Americans Month Fair on Wednesday, May 1 from 10:00am - 2:00pm, featuring a special performance by our own Never Too Late at 12:20pm! At this free event, find vendor tables with info on senior services, health screenings and more at Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza. Stop by our table to say hello from 10:00am-2:00pm!

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Apr
18
12:00 PM12:00

Springtime Storytelling for lunch at Stagebridge

There’s more LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING in April at Stagebridge!

This month, join Stagebridge storytellers Sally Holzman and Bill Zarchy for lunchtime tales, located in the Choir Room at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Apr
17
1:30 PM13:30

April's second 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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, April 17th. Come join us!

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Apr
16
3:00 PM15:00

April Storytelling Concert - listen from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s 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 weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

April Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge

April showers bring…LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING to Stagebridge!

This month, join Stagebridge storytellers Jeff Byers and Jeanne Lupton for lunchtime tales, located in the Choir Room at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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Apr
3
1:30 PM13:30

April Elder Salon - no foolin'!

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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, April 3rd. Come join us!

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Mar
28
1:00 PM13:00

Founder Stuart Kandell visits Stagebridge!

“Celebrating 70, by Inventing a New Life: The Highs, Lows, and In-betweens of Starting Fresh in a New Land”

Fresh from Europe (where he now resides), Stagebridge founder Stuart Kandell comes by his old stomping grounds for a dialogue with our new Executive Director, Shannon McDonnell!

1:00 -Discussion

2:00 - Reception

Cost: Donations requested in Stu’s honor to Stagebridge before or at the event.

RSVP here or mail by Wed. Mar. 20 at 3pm to: [email protected] (required to attend). Seating is limited.

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

Last chance to RSVP for Stuart Kandell's visit on Mar. 28

It’s your last chance to RSVP for Stagebridge founder Stuart Kandell’s visit on THU. MARCH 28 from 1:00 - 3:00pm as he discusses “Celebrating 70, by Inventing a New Life: The Highs, Lows, and In-betweens of Starting Fresh in a New Land” - a dialogue with our new Executive Director, Shannon McDonnell!

Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: Donations requested in Stu’s honor to Stagebridge before or at the event.

RSVP here /by mail to: [email protected] by Wed. Mar. 20 at 3pm (required to attend)

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Mar
20
1:30 PM13:30

Ring in Spring with the next March 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 relationships.

Co-sponsored by Stagebridge and the Elders Action Network, these FREE gatherings are facilitated by a team of Elders who have stepped up from our Salon community.  Since our beginning in January 2018, we have shared in depth about Elderhood, Community, Spiritual/Existential Meaning, Relationships and Intimacy and so much more.  We choose topics together each quarter and set aside the last half hour at each Salon for warm and engaging conviviality.

The next meeting will take place in the CYF / Basement on Wednesday, March 20th. Join us and usher in the first day of Spring!

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Mar
19
3:00 PM15:00

Free Storytelling Concert - listen or log in from home!

Tune in on Tuesday, March 19 at 3:00pm  to the next installment of Stagebridge’s 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 weave their magic in this next installment of our Stagebridge / Covia Well Connected monthly concerts −and membership is free!

For more info or to register, visit: https://covia.org/services/well-connected/

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Mar
18
to Mar 22

Showcase Week at Stagebridge!

Save the dates–it's showcase time!
From MARCH 18 - 22, come and see what our Stagebridgers have been working on. If you're considering enrolling in a class and just want a sample of what you'll learn, now's a great time to see for yourself!

MON. MARCH 18:
11:00am – Monday Singing – Angel Room
3:10pm – Beg/Int. Playback – CYF Basement

TUE. MARCH 19:
11:00am – Tuesday Singing – Angel Room
4:00pm – Advanced Playback– Choir Room
4:15pm – Harmony Ensemble – Angel Room

WED. MARCH 20:
10:45 am - Improv Games and Skills - Angel Room
11:15am – “Spring Chickens” Intermediate Improv – Choir Room
12:45pm - Clowning for Beginners - Angel Room

THU. MARCH 21:

10:30am – Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream – New Oakland Room
11:00am – Thursday Singing – Angel Room

FRI. MARCH 22:
10:30am – Art of Storytelling – Angel Room

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Mar
14
12:00 PM12:00

March into Lunchtime Storytelling at Stagebridge!

Spring into Stagebridge’s popular monthly LUNCHTIME STORYTELLING event on March 14!

This month, join Stagebridge storytellers Ben Tucker, Claire Castell, and Samir Saad for lunchtime tales located in the Gallery at the First Congregational Church Oakland.

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

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