Stagebridge uses the performing arts to change the way people view or experience aging. For over 40 years, our performances and programs have had a dramatic impact on a wide range of communities. These performing arts programs facilitate high quality classes and workshops for adults over 50, bring spirited performances to the community and to isolated older adults, and empower youth in local elementary schools through storytelling from experienced older adult storytellers.
Stagebridge’s Programs include:
Performing Arts Institute: Come take a class in acting, storytelling, singing, musical theater, dance, improv, playwriting and much more! Classes are offered throughout the year for all levels, from beginners to advanced students.
Storybridge: Specially trained storytellers, many of them current or former Stagebridge students, use storytelling to help at-risk local students increase literacy--and confidence.
Seniors Reaching Out: We provide entertainment and workshops for frail, isolated, or home-bound older adults. Our touring groups are made up of Stagebridge students and are led by professional directors. In addition to performing at Senior Centers, Communities, Libraries and Skilled Nursing Facilities, our groups are available for conferences, luncheons, parties, and more!
Grandparent's Tales gives kids the opportunity to hear and re-tell the rich stories of older adults in their lives. Children transcribe stories told to them by a grandparent or other older adult, often complete with an original illustration. Each child who submits a story will receive a certificate to celebrate their participation. Selected stories will be re-published, or read on television or a public Grandparent's Tales event. If you are an educator who is interested in participating in the program, please contact Clara Kamunde at [email protected]. We are also currently accepting book donations for Grandparent's Tales participating classrooms. If you would like to donate children's books for ages 6-12, please mail or drop them off at Stagebridge, 2501 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612.