Senior Theatre Program in Las Vegas, August 2017

Learn about Senior Theatre, see performances, share and connect with others in the field at the upcoming Senior Theatre Sessions. It all happens in Las Vegas from August 3-6, 2017 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino! See our dynamic schedule and plan to attend!

Thursday, August 3

Senior Theatre: Secrets to Success
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

The many forms of Senior Theatre means that whatever your passion, you can contribute to and find success in the field.

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


  • DeLeon Grabowski, Senior Theatre Instructor, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA. Director of the Siskiyou Senior Players in Mt Shasta, CA. “What I’ve Learned Directing the Siskiyou Senior Players.”
  • Carmen Appelgren and Marian Michaels, The Speeding Theatre Over 55, “What We’ve Learned Producing Outreach Shows for Senior Audiences.”
  • Barbara Parisi, Long Island University/Brooklyn Campus, “What I’ve Learned Directing One Person Shows: Ben Franklin—Part 2.”
  • Brad Wages, “What I’ve Learned Directing Venice Theatre’s Silver Foxes.”


Maintaining a Senior Theatre Program
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM

Keeping a Senior Theatre vibrant is a challenge. Learn how to keep yours alive and well!

Chair and Presenter: Monciella Elder, The Past Prime Players, “Sustaining The Past Prime Players.”


  • Brad Wages, Venice Theatre’s Silver Foxes. “Sustaining a Senior Theatre for 25 Years.”
  • DeLeon Grabowski, Senior Theatre Instructor, College of the Siskiyous, Weed, CA.  Director of the Siskiyou Senior Players in Mt Shasta, CA. “Sustaining a Senior Theatre Company in a Small Community”


Friday, August 4

Teaching Senior Theatre Classes
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Panel Discussion

Classes are a vital component of a successful Senior Theatre program. Learn topics, techniques, marketing, and goal setting for fun experiences.

  • Chair and Presenter: Bonnie L. Vorenberg, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center, “Teaching Senior Theatre Classes.”
  • Presenter: Brad Wages, Venice Theatre’s Silver Foxes, “Ongoing classes from Theatre Basics to Refueling the Imagination Keeps Senior Theatre Vital.”


Saturday, August 5

Senior Theatre Focus Group Meeting
11:15 AM – 12:30 PM
Panel Discussion

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

  • Chair: Barbara Parisi, Focus Group Rep, Long Island University Brooklyn Campus
  • Bonnie Vorenberg, Focus Group Conference Planner, ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center


Senior Theatre OnStage2
2:45 PM – 4:15 PM

From 1935 – 1936 San Diego was the scene for the Panama Pacific Exposition. There were many unusual exhibits at the Expo. One of the most unusual was an enclosed grotto where nudists performed normal daily activities for the public to observe. You could enter the space for 25 cents or watch for free from a peephole in the fence. This turned out to be one of the most lucrative and well attended of all the exhibits at the Expo. The play with music tells the story with some embellishments to make it even more entertaining.

Chair: Bonnie L. Vorenberg


  • The Barely There Players, Leslie Johnson Leech, San Diego, 1935: A Balboa Park Expose


Senior Theatre OnStage
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

A Senior Theatre performing company shares their recent performances and discusses their process and results.

Chair: Barbara Parisi



Sunday, August 6

How to Start a Senior Theatre Program
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Panel Discussion

Senior Theatre is creative and stimulating for participants and directors alike, plus it is a viable career option. Learn how to start a Senior Theatre.

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


  • Louise Rauckhorst, The Speeding Theatre Over 55, “The Ups and Downs of Establishing an Independent, Nonprofit Senior Theatre.”
  • Ann McDonough, “Fundraising for Senior Theatre. Public and Private Grants, Events and Donors.”


The Senior Theatre sessions at this year’s conference were excellent. Here’s what people said about the event:

Who would’ve thought one conference could positively affect so many lives. Within hours, we found ourselves connecting deeply with new acquaintances as the wonderful world of Senior Theater brought us together and enriched our lives forever. Our group is still talking about the impact it had on us. Linda LaRocque

It was great meeting others interested in Senior Theatre. With committment and fun, I was reminded of the joy being an actor or audience member and how it enriches lives. Bara Swain

I came away with connections, resources, ideas, and inspirations…I’m fulfilled! Joe Gadon

The strand of sessions was well structured with both the veteran and the novice in mind. I felt at home, knowing that there’s a place for me in Senior Theatre. Terence Madden


Click here to read about the 2016 Senior Theatre Program–a huge hit in Chicago

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