Past Events

Stagebridge Senior Theatre Summer Classes

Students will work with noted singer Ellen Robinson and choreographer Benjamin Pither culminating in a performance of a Kander and Ebb musical revue.

Introduction To Elders Academy: Eldership Education for the Second Half of Life

Elders Academy prepares us through education for the second half of life. Although societies have found ways to initiate us for the demands of our first half of life through educating us for adulthood and middle adulthood, we are often less prepared to face the second half of life. Concepts such as retirement and golden years present a limited idea of the potential contained in our second half. Elders Academy re-establishes an important role that has been lost in the last few centuries of our industrialization: the role of the elder.

Ritual in the Ecosystem of Caregiving –Using the Contemplative and Expressive Arts of Ritual for Self-Care and Wellness

There is a "ritual response" when participating in delivering care and healing within the caring ecosystem. Contemplative and expressive arts, which have deep roots in the rituals of healing, are worthy of exploration as they have the power to transform the task-driven aspects of caregiving  into caring moments of mutual reward. Specifically the following will be explored: Meditation; Personal Narrative as an Expressive Form of Spirituality; Psycho-emotional Power of Color; Daily Personal Rituals of Self-Care; and Creative Affirmations.

Third Legacy Film Festival on Aging


LFFOA showcases the best films from around the world that celebrate older adulthood and deal with the challenges & triumphs of aging. Benjamin Franklin once noted: "All would live long, none would be old." We want to help change that concept to an exploration of how to grow older meaningfully, not fearfully.

Creative Aging: Best Practices

Susan Perlstein will host a free hands-on workshop to engage participants in exercises demonstrating the best practices in the fields of arts and aging. This includes principles of lifelong learning through the arts, fundamentals of arts and community engagement, and the use of the arts in social service and health care settings. Enrollment is limited.

Creative Aging: State of the Field

Susan Perlstein, founder of the National Center for Creative Aging and Elders Share the Arts, will present a free lecture on creative aging as part of the Interdisciplinary Seminar Series on Aging Keynote & Capstone Lecture. She is a noted expert on the subject and has written extensively on creativity, late-life learning, and the positive benefits associated with involvement with arts and cultural programs.

Future of Human Health: How Art and Technology Will Transform Your Brain


Followed by a reception, artist and researcher Virgil Wong shares the stories of three inspiring women in his life who used their art and imaginations to triumph over catastrophic illnesses. Virgil connects these experiences to the design of new mobile, web, and wearable technologies that will radically transform our bodies, how we perceive ourselves, and how we manage our health.

2013 Encore Creativity for Older Adults at Chautauqua

Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the largest choral program in the country for adults 55+, will partner with The Dance Exchange, based near Washington, DC, and the Stagebridge Theatre of Oakland, CA to offer three concurrent performance institutes, Choral, Movement, and Theatre. The institutes will attract adult students from all over the country to learn a new art, or continue to perfect lifelong skills. Each program will have a morning session with warm-up and technique classes or rehearsal .

Encore Summer Choral Institute

The Sixth Annual Encore Summer Choral Institute offers the opportunity to attend the only “arts sleep away camp” for adults, age 55+ on the beautiful campus of St. Mary’s College of MD in Historic St. Mary’s City.  Participants will begin their day with a stretch/Yoga class followed by a full choral rehearsal conducted by Encore founder Jeanne Kelly and Krystal Rickard McCoy, music director of St.