Classes resume at the Labor Plaza apartment building December 2018.
In October 2017, free acting classes for older adults were offered by Saint Paul Public Library. No prior experience was necessary, with classes occurring the first three Wednesdays in October.
Family and friends had the opportunity to attend a group performance in November, which gave the participants a chance to share their newly-learned skills and talents.
Sederos Nuevos/New Paths Residency with Latino Elders
In the summer of 2017, Teatro del Pueblo launched Sedros Nuevos/New Path Residency, a 12 week residency for Latino elders at Ebenezer Tower Apartments and Legacy Day Care Center.
The Residency engaged participants through personal memories and childhood songs and games in the creation of dramatic work.
Activities included community-building and story-sharing exercises that helped them devise and rehearse a final performance. This is the only program of its kind, inviting Latino elders to engage in culturally specific art that values their roles and traditions, provides creative nurturing and counters isolation.
This program was also a unique training opportunity for teaching apprentices who are new to work with older learners, and received ongoing Arts and Aging training throughout the summer months. As part of it’s mission, Teatro del Pueblo is committed to educating Latinos, as well as non-Latinos about Latin American culture through the arts.