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For Immediate Release

Senior Theatre FAQ attached

Contact: Bonnie Vorenberg, 800-858-4998,

Photos available

Local Playwright Published

Local playwright, Bob Naquin, has been published! His new plays, Doctor, Doctor and The Perils of Carmen Gedditt have been selected by ArtAge Publications’ Senior Theatre Resource Center. The scripts were chosen from over 300 submissions. They appear in ArtAge’s newly released 2014 catalog.

ArtAge’s Senior Theatre Resource Center is the largest distributor of plays, books, and materials for older performers. With customers around the world, Bob Naquin’s works will be staged by Senior Theatre companies, community theatres, and other sites where older adults perform. They are also featured on the website,, the most comprehensive information source in the field.

Bob Naquin is a well-known playwright with a number of works to his credit. In addition to his plays, Bob has had any number of his travel adventures published in local magazines.

The plays Doctor, Doctor and The Perils of Carmen Gedditt are available by contacting ArtAge Publications at 800-858-4998 or by emailing

Senior Theatre Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Senior Theatre?

Senior Theatre is “a form of drama designed specifically for older adults with a focus on active participation.” It uses techniques that accommodate the abilities of seniors. Scripts feature a majority of older characters who are in situations that revolve around the older persons’ lives.

2. Why has Bonnie Vorenberg, Senior Theatre expert, said “Senior Theatre is one of the fastest growing forms of the performing arts?”

In 1999, there were 79 companies. Now in 2013, there are over 780 performing groups in the ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center’s database, the largest in the field. The growth comes from the stamina of the new generation of seniors. This large group is comprised of healthy and well-educated older adults with a positive outlook on aging. Many have had some experience on stage, so they’re familiar with the arts and the joy of being on stage so they return to theatre.

3. Who’s in Senior Theatre? What’s the average age?

Performers range from professional to amateur in both rural and urban settings. Ages usually span between 50 to 90 years but most are in their late 60’s and 70’s.

4. Who sponsors Senior Theatre?

Commercial, professional and community theatres, senior centers, retirement homes, colleges, universities, and social service organizations sponsor Senior Theatres. The largest commercial Senior Theatre has a staff of 160 and over a million-dollar budget.

5. What kind of theatre do seniors enjoy?

Most of the Senior Theatre plays are comedies with a majority of female roles. They are performed as staged readings or fully mounted shows. The most popular forms are short plays, skits, and musicals like follies and variety shows. Other forms include monologues, scripts based on the lives of the participants, puppetry, and many others. Some groups perform theatre for social change where they present shows that highlight aging, intergenerational problems, health concerns or other issues. Offstage, seniors also work as solo performers, playwrights, or they act in films and commercials. Many help backstage, as ushers or in the box office. They also take classes in all elements of theatre at colleges and universities.

6. Why participate? Senior Theatre promotes better physical, mental, cultural, and spiritual health while it builds vital social connections for all kinds of seniors, statistically proven.

7. What is the mission of ArtAge’s Senior Theatre Resource Center?

We help participants fulfill their theatrical dreams by providing education, information, and inspiration. The Center distributes the largest collection of Senior Theatre plays, books, and materials, publishes Senior Theatre Online, the largest Senior Theatre e-newsletter, and operates, the largest Senior Theatre website. It’s #1 on Google!

8. How can we reach the ArtAge Senior Theatre Resource Center?

Call 503-246-3000 or 800-858-4998; fax to 503-246-3006, email to or visit Contact person: Bonnie L. Vorenberg, Senior Theatre Expert, Speaker, Author and President of ArtAge. 

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