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Intergenerational Theatre

The Senior Theatre Resource Center

Magic happens when youth and seniors work together on stage. Whether you prefer to perform for children or if you’d like to build a show together, these books will guide you. Not only are the projects enriching and fun, they build community!

We have many intergenerational plays, both short and long pieces, in our collection. Use the Play and Book Directory, below, for a complete listing.


Photo from the Roots&Branches performance of Crash

Brian Farish

Flexible cast with any number of men, women, adults, young people.

Created by the well-known intergenerational company, Roots&Branches, this show turns the economic crisis into an unprecedented opportunity to bring the generations together. The wisdom, stories and strength of the elders, the ‘roots,’ have never been so relevant, as the young ‘branches’ try to cope with the sudden changes in their economic prospects. How do we live with fear? What gives us security? Can I actually give up bottled water? With its singular brand of theatrical humor, poignancy, drama and style Roots&Branches uniquely provides audiences with hope, insight and joy in these hardening times. The one-hour play fosters spirited dialogue with the audience in an open post-show discussion and open new avenues of intergenerational understanding.

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roots book02ROOTS&BRANCHES: Creating Intergenerational Theater

Arthur Strimling

For over a decade, Strimling has brought generations together for acting workshops and performances that confront stereotypes of age and aging. In addition to the Roots&Branches story, the book includes exercises, storytelling techniques, and practical advice on how to bridge old and young as you create inspiring experiences.



generatingGENERATING COMMUNITY: Intergenerational Partnerships Through the Expressive Arts

Susan Perlstein and Jeff Bliss

Learn how to create low budget living history plays with kids and seniors. Place storytelling on center stage as you discover the rich and powerful process created by the ground breaking Elders Share the Arts program. They’ll help you start one of your own and pull it off with success.



legacyLEGACY WORKS: Transforming Memory into Visual Art

Susan Golden with Susan Perlstein

Engage seniors in reminiscence and storytelling and learn how to transform recollections into visual art. Great Ideas for oral history interviews in a step-by-step program that excites and inspires!



passPASS IT ON! A Guide to Starting Your Own Senior Storytelling in the Schools Program

Nina Serrano

The popular intergenerational Stagebridge program is the basis for this 60-page, user-friendly book. It is a  practical guide to recruiting, training, and placing older adults as storytellers in local schools.



THE WAR AT HOME: True Stories About WWII (CD)

Stagebgridge presents an example of senior storytelling that includes war brides, Japanese internment camps, Rosie the Riveter and more sorties. the program aired on KPFA-FM on the 50th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. CD with 60 minutes of stories and music.



Produced by Nina Serrano
This CD 12 features senior storytellers presenting personal, traditional, folk, and fairy tales with musical bridges. (88 minutes). An excellent companion to the book, Pass it On.


The ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center

Play and Book Directory

NEW plays and books

Holiday Plays

Play Collections

Senior Theatre  Directing, Acting and more!

Single Plays

Readers Theatre 

From Memories to Theatre

Sketches and Skits

Short Plays


Monologues and Scenes

Grantwriting and Fundraising

Creative Drama and Improvisation


Theatre Games

Theatre for Social Change



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PO Box 19955
Portland OR 97280
503-246-3000 Phone     800-858-4998 Toll Free
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