In the beginning, Nia didn’t speak much. The director at The Center at Red Oak (Manhattan) told us some seniors experience depression, some have experienced abuse and many felt invisible to the world. When we launched a senior citizen theater group, Nia was encouraged to join. For the final show, our group performed original skits about NYC. Nia ran across the stage, arms spread wide. The packed audience cheered her on. Nia was the wind. Her performance was an adaptation of sorts of a poem she read in our sessions. The poem was about the strength of women. The blue fabric flowing behind her was a costume she took pride in making. She made it with a group that she now considered her community. Looking on as Nia beamed, another group member uttered,
Urban Stages impacts seniors, adults, families, teenagers, school-aged children and even toddlers in inspiring and monumental ways. We cannot continue without the much-needed help of individual donors. Here is exactly how your generosity impacts patrons and participants at every stage of life:
Urban Stages is constantly growing, changing, reaching new goals, and touching wider audiences. For our 33rd season we truly need your help. Please continue (or become for the first time) a donor who delivers theater, art and educational programs to thousands!
Frances Hill (Founder/Artistic Director), Rachel Sullivan (Program Director), Antoinette Mullins (Development & Literary Director), Olga Devyatisilnaya (Financial Administrator/Company Manager), Peter Napolitano (Director of Musical Theatre/ Producing Associate)