Artful Aging Associates, Partner
Stuart Kandell has been called a “global pioneer in the field of creative aging” and is internationally known for his leadership of Stagebridge, which he founded in 1978 and ran until 2013. He currently travels around the world speaking, training artists and doing research and writing.
In his 37 years with Stagebridge, he developed the company from a class at a senior center with five women, to an organization offering 30 classes a week for over 250 people. He created numerous award winning programs, including Storybridge, a national model of training older adults as storytellers in schools; Performing Arts Training Institute, with a wide curriculum of classes; and Seniors Reaching Out, that sends older troupes into senior facilities. Stagebridge is the nation’s oldest and most renowned performing arts center for older adults. Kandell and his work have been featured on CNN, World Monitor TV, PBS and in many national publications and magazines.
For over twenty years Kandell has been a featured speaker and workshop leader at conferences around the globe. In 2002, he joined the founding Board for the NCCA and was Board Treasurer, a featured speaker, trainer and participant in developing seminal materials. Currently, he and Susan Perlstein run Artful Aging Associates bringing program design, training and evaluation to organizations around the world. Recently, he was featured speaker and workshop leader for conferences in Holland, Romania, Minneapolis and Arizona. He lives in Berkeley, California. He has received awards from the American Society on Aging, National Guild of Community Arts and Generations United.