Why Get Involved
“Acting is giving and I still have a lot to give.” - Cecil Pierce, 87, Stagebridge actress/student
By the year 2030, almost one third of Americans will be over 60. For the many elders who live alone, there is a serious risk of social isolation. The challenges of aging have been with us since time began, but there is a lively alternative to going gently into that good night.
Since 1978, Stagebridge has been providing older adults a platform to experience the thrill and social camaraderie of theatre. Our affordable classes and innovative outreach programs have a measurable positive impact - our students report that Stagebridge classes improve social, emotional, and physical health. By becoming a Stagebridge student, you gain an opportunity to meet like-minded people, build new skills that keep brains and bodies nimble, and volunteer in our Storybridge and Seniors Reaching Out programs.
Stagebridge Is Making a Difference
In the last few years, our number of students served has doubled. Today, over 400 adults from ages 50 to 100 (really!) participate in a range of classes and performances. As more and more people use theatre to defy negative stereotypes, their advancing years become a time to grow and thrive. We’ve seen students in their 60s, 70s and beyond tell us that getting on stage, telling their stories and exploring their creativity feels like living out a dream.
You can help Stagebridge continue to create positive attitudes toward aging. In addition to high-quality and affordable performing arts classes, your support will help us expand programs that:
- Use storytelling to connect elders with young people in under-served schools
- Use the performing arts to impact the ways that we perceive and experience aging
- Provide workshops and musical performances to elders in residential facilities, hospice care, adult day programs and senior centers
- Produce original, high quality performances by our Playwriting and Staged Reading classes
- Train activity directors, health aides and hospital residential staff to engage people with Alzheimer’s patients through storytelling and the performing arts.
We’re making a dramatic difference in our communities. Contact us today to get involved.