Beginning in the fall of 2022, the theatre will formalize a partnership with the Stayton Retirement Community to start a performance-oriented class.
Interested residents of the retirement complex will take part in the troupe, which will have small performances for other residents a few times a year. Stage West has long wanted to take part in a venture that facilitated access to performing arts to retirees as a positive creative and social outlet.
Led by Linda Leonard, an actor, director, and ever loyal supporter of Stage West, these classes will be a wonderful addition to the theatre’s current outreach offerings. Ms. Leonard has directed for the Dallas Library Project over the years, bringing theatre to many of our senior living communities. When that opportunity concluded, she began teaching acting at CC Young in Dallas, which included incorporating original works from the actors, Neil Simon, Carol Burnett sketches, radio plays, and a little Shakespeare, to name a few genres. She loves collaboration, and enlivening and encouraging artists of all ages to find or rediscover their inner artist.