Teaching drama at a senior center in 1978, Stuart saw something more powerful than applause at the end of his performances. He saw a bridge between generations. Inspired to give more seniors a similar platform for creative expression, he founded Stagebridge to help make the last years of their lives the time of their lives.
Stagebridge offers seniors over 27 classes a week, including storytelling, playwriting, tap dancing, and singing. From those classes, 5 to 6 troupes, along with storytellers, perform in the Oakland community, including public schools and other senior centers. Their work is helping shift attitudes of aging toward a model of continuous growth, lifelong learning and creative expansion.