In this interview with Lifetime Arts’ Director of Education, Annie Montgomery, she talks about how her passion for theatre inspired her to become a teaching artist, and how a colleague invited her to co-teach one of Lifetime Arts first pilot program at the New York Public Library. This work opened up opportunities for her to do more work in storytelling, memoir and performance in a more organized capacity. Annie shares her experiences working in this field and with older adult learners.
In this interview with poet and artist, Bill Wertheim, he talks about how he got started as a teaching artist, and how he later met Ed Friedman and Maura O’Malley at the Town of Pelham Public Library while teaching poetry/memoir classes. He connected with the work at Lifetime Arts and his career in the Creative Aging took off. Bill shares his experiences with working with older adults, the most satisfying parts of this work, and more.
In this interview, performing artist Frank Ingrasciotta, talks about how he discovered educational theatre and how one of his performances at a senior living center led him to teaching a memoir writing workshop to senior residents. As a Lifetime Arts Roster Teaching Artist, he has conducted numerous acting and writing programs with mature populations in libraries and senior living centers.
Lifetime Arts’ Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ed Friedman, shared his experience with attending two memoir writing programs at Mt. Kisco Senior Recreation Department and The LOFT: LGBT Community Services Center. The programs are part of the initiative, Creative Aging in Westchester County and supported by the Westchester Community Foundation.