“Performed by the People Who Lived It”: Theatre 55 Stages Shows Older Adults Want


In this blog post, Lifetime Arts Co-Founder and Executive Director, Ed Friedman, talks about Theatre 55, a  company founded in 2018 by Richard Hitchler in St. Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is “to enrich the lives of elders, as artists, audiences, and lifelong learners through theatre performance and education.” Ed also talks about the Young at Heart Chorus, which provides its older participants the opportunity and instruction to perform modern music — a far cry from the usual “sing-along” fare.

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Creative Aging

Creative Aging > Arts Education


Ed Friedman

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Lifetime Arts



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Ed Friedman, Ed Talks, Richard Hitchler, Theatre 55, Young at Heart Chorus

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Performing Arts, Theatre

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Arts Organizations