Stuart Kandell, PhD

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Founder, Director of Replication, Stagebridge
Speaker & Consultant

Stuart Kandell has been called a “pioneer in the field of creative aging.” He is nationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, the nation’s oldest and most renowned senior theatre which he founded in 1978 and directed for 32 years. In 2010 he turned over leadership of the company to begin replicating the program around the country. Kandell is a popular keynote speaker; a trainer of trainers, artists and service providers; and a consultant who enables organizations to develop effective creative aging programs.

Kandell studied theatre at Northwestern University and received his Master's in Drama at University of Newcastle, England. In 1996, he was the first American to receive his doctorate in Intergenerational Studies from the Union Institute in Cincinnati. His awards include: the MetLife MindAlert Award; the first Generations United Award for Intergenerational Innovation; The California Wellness Foundation Sabbatical Award; and numerous grants. Kandell and his work with Stagebridge have been featured on CNN, World Monitor TV, PBS and in many national publications and magazines. He is a founding Board Member of the National Center for Creative Aging. He is featured in NCCA’s Creativity Matters: Arts and Aging Toolkit and helped craft the Teaching Artists Toolkit.

He is a featured speaker at many national conferences, including the American Society for Aging, Senior Theatre USA, the Global Conference on Aging, and the MetLife National Forum on Brain Health among others. He trains and consults with organizations around the globe.

Sample topics include:

  • Nuts and Bolts of Developing a Creative Aging Program
  • Your Brain on Improv
  • The Creative Arts and Healthcare
  • The Role of Storytelling by Elders in the Community
  • Adding Life to the Years, Not Just Years To Life
  • Training Artists to work in the Creative Arts with Elders
  • The Importance Of Play Across the Lifespan
  • Supporting a Creative Arts Program on a Shoestring
  • Taking Risks in Senior Adult Theatre
Arts Management Service Provider
Program and Project Development
Keynote Speaker
Professional Teaching Artist
Aging Services Provider