ATHE Senior Theatre Focus Group 2013

Orlando, Florida
Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
August 1 – 4, 2013

Writing Plays for Older Actors: A Writer’s Edge

Lives well lived are rich fodder for stimulating plays—comedies, drama, life review, and more. Find out what makes a strong play for older actors.

Chair: Bonnie L. Vorenberg, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center

George Loukides and Arthur Keyser

George Loukides and Arthur Keyser

Participants:

  • George Loukides, Artistic Director, Sarasota Area Playwrights Society,
  • Arthur Keyser, Playwright, Sarasota Area Playwrights Society,
  • Rick Davis, Augusta State University, “The Naked Man on the Couch: a discussion, a paradigm, a reading”

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“The Other Generation:” Playing Conflict and [Ir]Resolution between Child and Elder

In a host city known for catering to both children and seniors, this panel examines theatricalizations of generational tensions and the [dis]harmony that sometimes results.

Chair: Valerie Lipscomb, University of South Florida

  • Participants: Karl Kippola, Julie Burrell, and Paul Laird

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Use Social Commentary & Murder Mysteries to Create and Perform Original Scripts

Discover a step-by-step process of how to create murder mysteries in a group process and how to build a show based on humorous social commentary.

Chair: Dr. Joy Reilly, Ph. D., The Ohio State University

Jill Ross

Jill Ross

Participants:

  • Jill Ross, MS, CTRS,  Sarasota Bay Club, Lifestyle Enrichment Director
  • Noel Miner, Playwright, “I’m Not Built for a Chair”  

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Life Review Creates Powerful Theatre: Women in Prisons and Taiwan’s Uhan Shii Theatre Group

Using memories as the basis for storytelling, learn how to create theatre that gives a voice to repressed and silenced populations.

Chair: Barbara Parisi, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus

Dr. Joy Reilly

Dr. Joy Reilly

Participants:

  •  Dr. Joy Reilly, Ph. D., The Ohio State University, “Learning About Life through Older Women in Prison”
  •  Ivy I-chu Chang, Professor, Foreign Languages and Literatures Department, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
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New Ideas in Senior Theatre

From directing to creating new programs, Senior Theatre continues to grow and flourish. Find out how you can contribute to the field.

Chair and presenter: Barbara Parisi, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus

Bonnie L. Vorenberg

Bonnie L. Vorenberg

Participants:

  • Bonnie L. Vorenberg, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center
  • Louis H.V. Smith, Vagabond Players, “The Director’s Touch”
  • Harry Moses-President, Silver Foxes, “Vaudeville is Viable”

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Senior Theatre Focus Group Meeting 

Learn about the Focus Group and how you can contribute to the Focus Group’s goals, leadership and future plans. Discover Senior Theatre news and trends.

Barbara Parisi

Barbara Parisi

  • Barbara Parisi, Focus Group Rep, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus
  • Bonnie L. Vorenberg, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center

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Performance

Older Performers on Stage

From short plays to longer ones, discover the many ways older performers use theatre to educate and entertain.

Chair: Barbara Parisi, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus

Silver Foxes

Silver Foxes

Presenters:

  • Harry Moses, President, and the Silver Foxes company—“Performing “Vaudeville is Viable”
  • Arthur Keyser and George Loukides, Sarasota Area Playwrights Society–“Performing the Ten Minute Play”

 

Silver Foxes

Silver Foxes

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Create Health…One Story…One Dance at a Time

Stories lie in memories and can be summoned through artifacts. Channel the dancer within by working with objects that create a story or a dance.

Chair: Dr. Joy Reilly, Ph. D., The Ohio State University

Movement and scarves

Two stimulating movement sessions!

Presenters:

  •  Cynthia L. Alicea,  Ageless Adventures in Movement
  •  Suanne Ferguson, Ageless Adventures in Movement

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Why Just Listen? Let’s Dance!

Explore the connections between music and movement and how to create conversations and experiments which integrate dance into the lives of diverse populations.

Chair: Valerie Lipscomb, University of South Florida

Presenters

  • Cynthia L. Alicea, Ageless Adventures in Movement
  • Suanne Ferguson,  Ageless Adventures in Movement

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Visit the Senior Theatre Resource Center Booth

Visitors at the Senior Theatre Resource Center Booth

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