In 2006 and 2007, I joined Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC) as Program Director of their newest community program, Senior Stars, a one-of-a-kind musical and theatrical training and performance program for senior citizens of Astoria, Queens. The program culminated in a performance. The show itself is designed around the seniors unique strengths, talents and stories.
The 2006 performance, Each Tomorrow Morning went onto to be aired on Queens Public Television. In 2007, Open A New Window played to full houses and we hired film maker Kim Fishman (Fat Girls) to help create a documentary that highlights both the APAC program and the "Elders story". APAC's Senior Star program received honorary mention and accolades by Mayor Bloomberg at the Mayoral Awards 2007.
I've taken the model I created here and have since worked with many senior groups. It has become the basis for my Sacred Stages counseling method.