STAR–Senior Theater Acting Repertory
STAR is a group of senior performers who have been entertaining in Queens, New York, for over 30 years. They are committed to serving the diverse culture of Queens and surrounding communities with live theatrical programs that entertain, inspire, and educate their audiences. The group consists of actors, singers, technicians, and playwrights who integrate short comedic one acts and sing-a-longs in programs that ignites sparks of happiness. They perform daytime shows at libraries, senior centers, sororities, churches, temples, veterans’ homes, and rehab centers. STAR participates monthly in the Queens Mail a Book Program which reaches out to home-bound listeners with an interactive teleconference performance. Members, who are between age 50-90+, enjoy showcasing their talents as they promote a positive image of older, ‘Young at Heart’ adults.
STAR has appeared on Queens Public Access television and was the first community theatre group chosen to participate in an ongoing cultural festival held at Queens Theater in the Park. The company was also selected by the Queens Museum of Art for the 60th anniversary of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. In recognition of its aims and efforts, STAR has received grants from the Queens Council on the Arts and The Josephine Foundation.
Yvonne Bandison, Board President