Community Engagement

Attack Theatre's programs for seniors, which enhance physical awareness, creative potential, and aesthetic understanding, were recognized in 2002 as one of five statewide finalists for the Governor's Silver/Gold Awards for Innovative Programming for Seniors in Pennsylvania. In honor of their work, they received a citation/proclamation from the PA House of Representatives (Representative Joseph Preston Jr.) for improving the lives of older Western Pennsylvanians. These programs are inspired by the Lincoln Center Institute's aesthetic education philosophy, which promotes the active viewing of art. Attack Theatre seeks to physically and creatively challenge its senior workshop participants with activities focused around a specific work of art. This process focuses on the viewer and helps to avoid an emotional response of "I don't get it. I don't like it," instead deepening understanding of the artwork and the creative process.  

Attack Theatre also performs work from its repertory. Afterward, the dancers and artistic staff talk to seniors about their dance, their career, their lives. These performances allow the seniors to interact with the performers through informal discussions and a question/answer session. This 20 - 30 minute informal performance is tailor-made for smaller spaces and focuses on different forms of inspiration when creating dance.

Quotes from past partcipants:

"[Attack Theatre] did a splendid job...they made the ideas come to life."

"It made me feel like a different person when I left the workshop."

"I learned that being yourself by being creative brings out the best in me...I know I can do it."

"I enjoyed the warmth of Michele and Peter and the fun of participation."