“During the curtain call, I was so happy I thought my heart would burst!” – Lucy Calderon (making her stage debut at 80-years-old with Evolve)
Evolve Theatre is a project that creates a space for elders to create art, tell stories, share wisdom, have fun, and experience the transformative power of theatre
In our modern, institutionalized culture, we are often segregated by age. Yet now, more than ever, we can all benefit from our shared stories about how to live, how to grow, how to age gracefully. Evolve Theatre Project offers a space for elders and audiences to connect and to explore these questions through the powerful medium of theatre. Through movement, music, improv, scene-work, and storytelling, Evolve ensembles create compelling and entertaining plays that express the glorious struggles of our own evolution.
Phoenix Theatre Ensemble’s Evolve program was piloted at University Settlement House in New York City as an intergenerational program. Meerkat Media’s award-winning documentary, Stages, follows the 20 week process of theatre sessions with Phoenix teaching artists, elders and youth, culminating in a performance at an Off-Broadway theatre in Manhattan.
View the trailer for the award winning documentary “STAGES”, which followed our EVOLVE program journey here:
PTE’s Kelli Holsopple Presenting on EVOLVE at the the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging Conference