ATHE Senior Theatre Focus Group

Join us for a creative exploration of Senior Theatre at the
2013 ATHE Senior Theatre Program

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

Thursday, August 1
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Workshop

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

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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Thursday, August 1
3:15 PM – 4:45 PM
Multi-disciplinary session:

“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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Friday, August 2
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Workshop

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

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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Friday, August 2
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

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

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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Friday, August 2
2:15 PM-3:45 PM
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

Participants:

  • Bonnie L. Vorenberg, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center
  • Louis H.V. Smith, Vagabond Players, “The Director’s Touch”
  • Dale Glenn—Director, The Curtain Time Players, “Directing Senior Theatre in a Mobile Home Park”
  • Harry Moses-President, Silver Foxes, “Vaudeville is Viable”

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Saturday, August 3
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
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, Focus Group Rep, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus
  • Bonnie L. Vorenberg, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center

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Saturday, August 3
2:15 PM- 3:45 PM (Note new time)
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

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”

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Sunday, August 4
8:AM – 9:30 AM
Workshop
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

Presenters:

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

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Sunday, August 4
9:45 AM – 11:15 AM
Workshop
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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For more information about the Senior Theatre Research & Performance Focus Group contact:

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Below is our program from 2012

2012 ATHE SESSIONS
SENIOR THEATRE FOCUS GROUP

Using Personal Story to Make History Come Alive: WWI1 From Those Who Were There 

Oral histories from men and women who served in WWII come alive in exhibits and performances, transforming memories into exciting theatre.

Chair: Steven Pennell
Participants:

  • Steven Pennell, Chair and Presenter, Coordinator of the Arts and Culture, “She Served Too! Creating Theatre from the stories of Women Veterans of World War II”
  • Frank V. Toti, Jr., Faculty Rhode Island College, “She Served Too! Creating Theatre from the stories of Women Veterans of World War II”
  • Cynthia Glinick, Journalist, actor, handywoman, “Performing the Stories of Female WWII Veterans.”

 

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.

Bonnie presents Steven an award for service to the Focus Group.

 

Using Theatre to Educate 

Learn how to use theatre to educate about past history and current issues using the experiences of two companies as your inspiration.

Chair: Steven Pennell
Participants:

  • Kathie West: OLLI Players present “These are the Daze of Our Lives”
  • BJ Johnston: “The Man From Aldersgate: “Using historical figures to create one-person shows.”

BJ prepares for his show.

BJ in his finished costume

 


“Sometimes A Rainbow”–Old, Homeless, and Musical Comedy!

The musical comedy centers on an abused elderly widow who discovers the meaning of life and the joys of living while surviving on the streets of Washington, DC.

Chair: Bonnie L. Vorenberg
Participant: Tom Northam, Producer, and cast members of the Lakeside Senior Theatre

Cordy meets her friends in “Sometimes a Rainbow”

 

‘ElderSpeak,’ ‘The Odyssey,’ and How Sociodrama and Theatre Combine to Combat Ageism and Foster Improved Health Care

Participants:

  • Katherine Lawrence, Kansas State University, “Using Theatre and “The Odyssey” in Dementia Care”
  • Bonnie L. Vorenberg, “Senior Theatre Studies and their Real World Applications”

 

Singing, Dancing Telling Your Story

Use music, dance, and theatre to make memories, history, and personal experiences come alive in powerful performances for both audiences and performers.

Chair: Barbara Parisi, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus

Participants:

  • Phyllis Stanley, Music Director, 50+ Players of Howard County, “The Fabulous 50+ Players Remember the 60’s and Share Our Experiences”
The 50+ Players

The  Fabulous  50+ Players

  • Kelly-Marie Berry: Senior Electricity Presents, “Senior Electricity/dance, drama and movement experiences for senior adults.”

Kellie-Marie Berry shares her work

  •  Michael Cesarano, “Preserving Yiddish with the Gilbert and Sullivan Yiddish Light Opera Company.”

 Equal Rights, Civil Rights, Bullying–Using Theatre to Empower Issues

Frank, Steven and Harriet                           “Using Theatre to Empower Issues”

 

Learn how to combine oral histories and social issues with theatre to create messages that build intergenerational connections and transformative power.

Chair: Steven Pennell

Participants:

  • Steven Pennell, Chair and Presenter Coordinator of the Arts and Culture, “The Journey Out”
  • Frank V. Toti, Jr., Faculty Rhode Island College, “The Journey Out”
  • Harriet Lynn, Producer/Artistic Director, Heritage Theatre Artists’ Consortium, “Issue Based Theatre Comes to the Museum and to the Stage”

 

Directing Intergenerational Casts

Directing actors of all ages, in all abilities, becomes easier and more successful with proven tips and tricks for creating inclusive performances.

Chair: Bonnie Vorenberg

Participants:

  • Tom Northam, “Taking the Fear out of Musicals”
  • Bonnie Vorenberg, “Proven Tips and Tricks for Directing Older Performers”
  • Robb Hutter, Philly Senior Stage, “Directing and Producing with Older Cast Members.”

Click here for photos and sessions at the 2011 Senior Theatre Program.

For more information about the Senior Theatre Research & Performance Focus Group contact:

Barbara Parisi, new Focus Group Rep

For more information about the conference, visit http://www.athe.org.

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