Senior Playwriting Initiative
“Theatre is the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being
can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Learning and trying new things can be part of people’s lives at every age. SRT’s education programming seeks to engage people of all ages in theater, and in Wilde’s words, share “the sense of what it is to be a human being” with each-other. With this in mind, we launched the Senior Playwriting Initiative in 2015 to create opportunities for residents of area retirement and assisted living communities to share their ideas and engage in theater by becoming playwrights.
The Senior Playwriting Initiative brings SRT staff and teaching artists to work with seniors where they live, leading 6-week playwriting workshops on site, at the community. Workshops are held once-a-week, at which participants use both written and spoken dialogue to share stories. The residency process culminates with each participant creating a short play, which then receives its world premiere in a performance by professional actors from SRT, held at the community.
SRT is committed to making our Senior Playwriting Initiative adaptable to different groups of participants and to the specific retirement or assisted living communities where they live – it’s not “one model fits all.” Scheduling is flexible, and our teaching artists will accommodate differing physical needs of participants.
We are currently booking Senior Playwriting residencies for the 2016 calendar year. If you know a retirement or assisted living community in York or Cumberland County that might be interested in hosting one of our Senior Playwriting residencies, please contact Education & Programs Manager Daniel Burson at firstname.lastname@example.org.