Marc Freedman, the President, CEO and Founder of Encore.org, is a renowned social entrepreneur, thought leader and writer. Marc’s leadership at Encore.org has pioneered innovative programs and sparked a growing movement in the United States and beyond to tap the talent and experience of people past midlife as a human resource for solving our most vexing social problems.
Stuart Kandell has been called a “global pioneer in the field of creative aging” and is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, which he founded in 1978 and ran until 2013. He currently travels around the world speaking, interviewing older artists, and helping governments and organizations develop creative aging programs. (Ref: https://www.artfulaging.org/meet-the-team-1)
Susan Perlstein is considered the “grandmother” of the creative aging movement. She founded and directed the National Center for Creative Aging (2001- 2007) and Elders Share the Arts ESTA (1979- 2003). Currently she is a consultant to the field advising on arts organizational development, training healthcare professionals, artists and organizations. Susan is a trained social worker and a dancer. (Ref: https://www.artfulaging.org/meet-the-team-1)
Bea Kelleher is an Executive Producer and marketer. She has been working in arts and communications for over 25 years. As the Executive Producer, she helped set up Spiegelworld LLP in the USA, and her other experience includes EP of the Dublin Fringe Festival, Line Producer for the iconic Gaiety Theatre pantomime, Manager for the Anna Livia International Opera Festival, Deputy Manager for the Dominion Theatre and other venues/productions. Most recently, as Executive Director of the Gate Theatre Dublin, she has been responsible for the planning, transference and successful implementation of the commercial and operational side of the theatre following a change in leadership.
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, teacher, and speaker. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and cultivated the company’s unique multi-generational ensemble into a leading force in contemporary dance until 2011. Her, “Critical Response Process,” underpins creative aging curriculum design and is incorporated into teaching artist training in creative aging.
Tim Carpenter is the founder and CEO of EngAGE and a catalyst for the creation of the Burbank Senior Artists Colony. As a presenter and collaborator of several arts and aging conferences, he has been invited to speak internationally in Canada, Scotland, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong. In 2016, he was named one of Next Avenue’s Influencers in Aging.
Dominic Campbell is a co-founder of Creative Aging International and an Atlantic Fellow for Equity and Brain Health at the Global Brain Health Institute. He was named a 2018 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue. From 2006-2013, he served as Artistic Director of the Bealtine Festival in Ireland, an annual national event that celebrates aging. In 2012, he established the first global conference on Creativity In Older Age.
Maura O’Malley, Co-Founder and CEO of Lifetime Arts, leads the development of Lifetime Arts’ national programming models, training programs and resources for Creative Aging stakeholders including teaching artists. Named a 2017 Influencer in Aging by Next Avenue, she promotes the field of Creative Aging at major national conferences in the arts, public library and senior service sectors. She has informed policy and created innovative programming for adults and children with premiere arts and educational organizations including the NYC Department of Education, Studio in a School and Young Audiences/New York.
Ashton Applewhite is an author and activist dedicated to combating ageism and making age a part of diversity. She has published numerous books, including her most recent, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, published in 2016, and has been a featured TED speaker.
Anne Basting is the founder and director of Timeslips at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts. She is a playwright, artist and author of/contributor to many articles and three books, as well as an internationally recognized speaker on arts and aging.