ATHE 2014 Senior Theatre Program

The Senior Theatre sessions at the 2014 ATHE Conference are a great opportunity to connect with other Senior Theatre enthusiasts. Join us in Scottsdale, AZ at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess from July 24-27, 2014.

Here’s the schedule:


3:15 – 4:45 PM
Exposing Theatre Students to Prison Theatre

After older women inmates participated in Lifewriting classes, undergraduate theatre students were added to the experience bringing out new dimensions in both young and old.

Chair: Bonnie Vorenberg

Joy Reilly—Ohio State University

FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Improv Comedy Creates Joy for Actors of All Ages
Demonstration and Performance

Improvisation works like a dream! Learn how to use techniques in class and on stage to enhance skills like timing, cooperation, and most of all…comedy!

Chair: Joy Reilly

Penny Petersen, cast of the Sun Lakes Community Theatre’s ‘Improvables’

5:45 – 7:15 PM
Fulfilling Older Performers’ Dreams: Where do you fit in?
Panel Discussion

With the advent of a new generation of older performers, theatre lovers of all ages are discovering that there’s something in it for everyone!

Chair: Bonnie Vorenberg
Bonnie Vorenberg—central info source for Senior Theatre
Rose Marie Kasper—producer
Steve Shear—playwright, director
Dr. J.C. Alvarez—producer
Lynnell Corbett—in a Senior Theatre company
Joy Reilly—college, university



12:00 – 1:30PM
Senior Theatre Focus Group Meeting:

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

Barbara Parisi, Focus Group Rep

Bonnie Vorenberg, Focus Group Conference Planner

2:15 – 3:45 PM
How to Produce and Direct Interactive Courtroom Dramas

Courtroom dramas are easy to direct and stage. Use The Steele Deal as your guide to theatre that’s audience participation at its best!

Chair: Bonnie Vorenberg

Steve Shear—PrimeTime Players
Susan Shear—PrimeTime Players

4:00 – 5:30 PM
Creating Theatre with and for Seniors
Panel Discussion and Performance

Learn how Senior Theatre companies combine scenes, improvisation workshops, murder mystery dinner theatre, and variety shows to create programs that have something for everyone.

Chair: J.C. Alvarez

Lynnell Corbett—Sun City Anthem Theatrical Society (SCATS)
Susan Shear—PrimeTime Players
Rose Marie Kasper—Sun River Community Theatre
Peggy Burgess—Freedom Plaza Senior Living Community


SUNDAY, JULY 27, 2014

9:45 – 11:15 AM
Theatrical Opportunities for Older Actors
Panel Discussion

After retirement, many older adults are turning and/or returning to their dreams of the stage. Discover the many ways to create opportunities for older performers.

Chair: Barbara Parisi

Barbara Parisi—Older male professional actors
DeLeon Grabowski—small communities, community colleges
Peggy Burgess—retirement communities
Dick McMahon—in films and commercials
Penny Petersen—community theatre

11:30 – 1:00 PM
Taking Senior Theatre on the Road
Workshop and Performance

Chair: Penny Petersen

Learn how to set up a performing group that tours to senior audiences. Learn about organization, programming, and tips and tricks to make it successful.

J.C. Alvarez, Sanseria Murray, Sparking Memories Traveling Theatre
DeLeon Grabowski, The Siskiyou Senior Players

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