Seasoned Theatre: A Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Senior Adult Theatre

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ABC-CLIO, LLC, 2000 - Performing Arts - 130 pages
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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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MARTHA HAARBAUER has directed The Seasoned Performers senior adult theatre since 1984 and has taught in the Department of Theatre at the University of Alabama at Birmingham for more than twenty-five years. Her experiences teaching classes and leading workshops, acting, designing costumes, writing theatre reviews and scripts, touring theatre productions, fundraising, and running a business have enabled this award-winning director and actress to establish one of the nation's most vibrant senior adult theatre programs.

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