Intergenerational Theatre Company
SilverKite's national award winning Intergenerational Theatre Company creates and performs original life-story based theatre productions which tour to senior living communities, schools, libraries, and community centers in the Puget Sound area of Washington state.
Our Intergenerational Theatre Company has performed and toured 9 productions since 2015. Over 10,000 people from babies - centenarians have seen our productions.
The development of our theatre productions starts with selecting a group of actors from the community. We hold open, public auditions for each production. Intergenerational Theatre Company actors are chosen for their ability to tell stories and authentically engage with the audience not only as actors, but as people. Each actor in our productions is in a different decade of life and is representative of different ethnic backgrounds.
After the actors are chosen, they share their personal stories inspired by a theme (which is also the title of the production) during the rehearsal process. The cast selects and stages some of these stories to include in the performance. The stories are then staged and pieced together.
We hope to see you at an upcoming performance! Interested in having our company of actors tour to your community? Contact us for more information.
Touring October & November 2022
Overcoming adversity, making anew will be explored in “Phoenix,” an original intergenerational theater production presented by SilverKite Community Arts’ Intergenerational Theatre Company. During this 45 minute performance an intergenerational cast of 5 (ages 21-79) will share personal stories, songs, and scenes related to the theme. There will be a talk back with the audience afterwards.
Please note: sensitive themes will be addressed during the performance including combat, sexual assault, and drug / alcohol abuse.
This project has been generously funded through a Group Arts grant from 4Culture.
Meet the Cast & Crew
Jen Kulik, Ph.D.
For the past 25 years Jen has designed and facilitated intergenerational arts, arts for youth, and arts for older adults programs for retirement communities, schools, theatre companies, and social service organizations. Jen holds a Ph.D. in Theatre for Young Audiences from Arizona State University and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Washington. In 2012, she was awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching fellowship to travel to Singapore. She received the Joseph F. Wall Service Award from Grinnell College in 2018. Jen presents at conferences worldwide.
When it occurred to Rich Hawkins that he might have a career as an actor, he set himself two goals: to act in one really good film and one really good play. His scene with Tom Hanks in “Sleepless in
Seattle” met that first goal. Playing the title role in the Seattle production of Garry Trudeau’s political satire “Rapmaster Ronnie” for 50 weeks during the Reagan administration satisfied the second. He
likes to say, “Everything else has been gravy.” When the Cold War ended, Rich began a 25-year career teaching English in the former Soviet Union and Seattle. Since retiring from teaching in 2015, he’s
appeared in a few plays, improvised at Unexpected Productions in the Pike Place Market, and enjoyed watching his very talented grandchildren discover who they are becoming.
Mckenzie Wilson is an artist from North Carolina and is so grateful to be working and playing with Intergenerational Theatre. She enjoys exploring and uplifting local communities, cultures, and creativities and has produced a variety of storytelling works in NC, SC, NY and WA. She focuses on innovative, inspiring, interesting projects that connect hearts and embrace fun. For collaboration inquiries: Instagram @kenziepixies
Asst. Director &
Max Sarkowsky is a designer, musician and collaborative art-maker based in Seattle. Max’s work explores the boundaries between design disciplines for live performance, creating unique soundscapes and visuals for a variety of projects including plays, podcasts, installations, dance and film. Since Summer 2020 he has been working freelance with Seattle area theatre companies; Vashon Repertory Theatre, UMO Ensemble, and others, as well as with Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Max is thrilled to be working with SilverKite for the first time, and this amazing intergenerational cast.
Peyton Noreen (they/them) is a theatre artist originally from Portland, Oregon, now working in the Puget Sound area, and attending Pacific Lutheran University. This is Peyton’s first devised production and they are delighted to bring their improv experience and storytelling skills to such a meaningful project! Some of their recent theatre credits include, directing for the Sleep is For the Weak one act festival at Theatre Battery, directing Late: A Cowboy Song at PLU, and portraying a Mermaid/ Dance ensemble in Dust at PLU. When Peyton isn’t working on a theatre project you can find them cooking for friends, playing DnD, or hanging out with any cat they can find.
Hil Avery moved to Washington in March 2019 from Arizona to begin a new life. She said Washington is where she is supposed to be, and she was right. In July 2019, she opened her own Life Coaching business, Living Creation LLC. Then COVID 19 hit. With a combination of COVID 19, George Floyd, and the sudden death of her mother in 2020, she felt the need for change. She looked at these moments as an opportunity to examine her life. With a Master's degree in Mental Health and Wellness, she determined to become a Certified Christian Counselor, and Motivational Speaker. Everything that happens to us, is but a moment in time. Every person needs healing, and help navigating through the traumas of life.
Rachel Rene (she/her) is a Seattle-raised actor, singer, director, and stage manager who began her theater journey nearly 35 years ago. With a BA in theater arts from Western Washington University, Rachel Rene strives to bring joy and understanding to audiences through the art of storytelling. Besides performing with ITC’s Phoenix, she is also teaching and hosting various workshops with Silver Kite Community Arts and is a performer and educator with Living Voices, a company which combines dynamic solo performances with archival film to transform history into a moving, personal journey. Rachel Rene’s next projects include stage managing with Taproot Theatre and directing with Woodland Park Players and Burien Actors Theatre. Music, dance, and acting are powerful tools for storytelling, and we look forward to sharing our stories with you!
Saturday, October 1st
Merrill Gardens First Hill
Saturday, October 8th
Wesley Homes Des Moines
Monday, October 10th
Saturday, October 15th
Merrill Gardens Kirkland
Monday, October 17th
Providence Mt. St. Vincent
Saturday, October 22nd
Federal Way Library @ 2pm*
34200 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA 98003
Monday, October 24th
Miller Community Center @ 2:30pm*
330 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Tuesday, October 25th
Redmond Care and Rehab
Saturday, October 29th
Heritage House at the Market
Tuesday, November 1st
Issaquah Senior Center @ 9:30am*
75 NE Creek Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
Saturday, November 5th
Tukwila Library @ 2pm*
14380 Tukwila International Blvd
Tukwila, WA 98168
Monday, November 7th
Lake City Community Center @ 10:30am*
12531 28th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98125
Monday, November 7th
Tuesday, November 8th
Senior Center of West Seattle @ 11am*
4217 SW Oregon St
Seattle, WA 98116
Saturday, November 12th
Carnation Library @ 2pm*
4804 Tolt Ave
Carnation, WA 98014
*indicates a performance open to the public