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2501 Harrison St
California 94612

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Programs: The company trains older adults in theatre; creates original plays about aging and tours them to community sites; runs an innovative program of performances, workshops and storytelling for local elementary schools; presents original plays for public audiences; and features grandparent storytellers on an annual series of radio programs. Stagebridge reaches 32,000 people a year in schools, senior facilities, and community sites. The company has a national reputation for its work and has appeared on CNN, World Monitor TV, ABC, and PBS. Stagebridge has program materials available for sale as well as consultant services. The company is directed by founder Dr. Stuart Kandell.

Stagebridge is the nation's oldest senior theatre company. The average age of actors, storytellers and volunteers is 70 years old. The company was founded in 1978 by director, Dr. Stuart Kandell, because opportunities did not exist for older adults to participate in the performing arts. These opportunities are still very limited. The company's mission, to bridge the generations, is as vital today as it was 20 years ago. Children have limited contact with their grandparents or other older adults. They grow up with media stereotypes of what it is like to be old. Stagebridge exists to provide positive images of old age and demonstrate that older adults can be creative, energetic and work together with young people. As our world rapidly ages, this is a most vital goal.

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I studied theatre in college and graduated with a BFA, but had to work and had a fulfilling career in public housing.However, after 33 years, I retired and started taking drama classes in San Jose and Berkeley Rep after moving to Kensington.I heard about Stagebridge and wondered if I would find it ... more »
I retired from teaching high school years ago. Finding an activity as challenging and absorbing as teaching was my goal. Stagebridge feels like home to me. I connect with people my age, who want to sing and dance and laugh, who are challenging themselves, developing skills, taking risks and ... more »
After spending my whole adult life in San Francisco, I moved to Berkeley with no community to speak of. My new next door neighbor introduced me to Stagebridge and my life has been miraculously Transformed. All the classes and instructors are wonderful, but to me it's the other students, my "peeps... more »
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