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Seasoned Theatre

A Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Senior Adult Theatre

By Martha Haarbauer
Foreword by Ann McDonough

Demographics prove that senior citizens are a growing percentage of our society—and that goes for theatre as well. With more than fifteen years experience working with both senior and student actors, Martha Haarbauer offers a practical guide to all aspects of establishing and maintaining a senior adult theatre. Readers will discover information on organizing, recruiting, and working with older actors; choosing appropriate material; making technical decisions; locating a place to work; attracting audiences; and generating funds to support the theatre group.

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Demographics prove that senior citizens are a growing percentage of our society—and that goes for theatre as well. With more than fifteen years experience working with both senior and student actors, Martha Haarbauer offers a practical guide to all aspects of establishing and maintaining a senior adult theatre. Readers will discover information on organizing, recruiting, and working with older actors; choosing appropriate material; making technical decisions; locating a place to work; attracting audiences; and generating funds to support the theatre group.

Full of resources, examples, information, and guidelines, Seasoned Theatre is an essential book for:

  • those thinking of creating a senior adult theatre
  • established organizations interested in developing and sustaining their senior programs
  • theatre professionals eager to explore the possibilities of senior adult theatre work
  • theatre students wanting to learn about theatre management and professional opportunities
  • senior centers, retirement communities, and church groups inspired to develop their own senior adult theatre troupe.
The extensive appendices and bibliography offer additional resources, plays for seniors, sample theatre bylaws, and a sample grant proposal.

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