Stages of Life

Do you love to hear stories from people with different life experiences? Do you love to share your own stories? Then you’ll REALLY love Stages of Life!


In this nine-week workshop, teens and elders will get to know each other, learn to write short plays about each other’s lives, and see those plays read by professional actors.


All teens (14-19) and seniors (60+) are invited to apply. No prior experience is required. Applications are due by January 2, 2023. The workshop meets on Saturdays from 2:30–4:30 PM from January 29 to April 2.


Applicants will be invited to take part in an introductory workshop before the group is finalized. For more information, email


Meet the Team

Sara is a PhD candidate in the Literatures in English Department at Cornell University. Sara’s teaching experience includes developing and teaching freshman writing seminars at Cornell, working with teens in the university’s Pre-Freshman Summer Program, and teaching at a middle school in Spain. Recently, her focus has shifted to community-engaged work. With the support of a fellowship from Humanities New York, Sara co-created a one-act workshop with the House of Ithaqua theater company in 2021. This workshop taught participants the basics of playwriting, provided an outlet for reflecting on the (sur)realities of the pandemic, and helped build community during an isolating time.

Carley is the Education Coordinator at the Community Folk Art Center at Syracuse University, a cultural and artistic hub committed to the artists of the African diaspora. She was formerly the Learning and Engagement Associate at the Hangar Theatre; she has also worked locally with Civic Ensemble and Clockmaker Arts. A 2020 graduate of Cornell and winner of the Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award, Carley is a theater practitioner who has worked with youth, formerly incarcerated individuals, and other members of the community. She recently played the title role in Civic Ensemble’s original production “Delia Divided.” 

Lesley is co-director and co-founder of Story House Ithaca. She is also an event producer, web and video designer, and theater artist. Her theater background includes work as a playwright, composer, and sound designer. She has composed music for 9 musicals for young audiences with playwright/lyricist Rachel Lampert. Her play The Turnaway Play will receive a workshop this winter at Hartbeat Ensemble in Hartford, CT. Lesley is also co-founder of Porchfest, a community music festival that started in Ithaca in 2007 and now has spread to more than 150 cities throughout North America.