The “Stories Of New York – Seniors” documentary is out!

This year with a 2 grants from the Brooklyn Arts Council (SU-CASA & A Brooklyn Arts Fund) The team from Stories Of New York – Seniors presented a 5 month storytelling workshop and filmed it. Here is the documentary that we created.


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The seniors of Amalgamated Warbasse Houses have stories to tell!

These Coney Island & Brighton Beach Brooklynites will present you with real life stories on subjects ranging from true love, to travel, family, childhood memories, life in Brooklyn and beyond. They have been crafting their stories with Stories Of New York –Seniors as part of the SU- CASA artist in residency program. Story coaches Cyndi Freeman, Sandi Marx, Terri Galvin, Mel Dockery, and Dawn Fraser are proud to be presenting two live performances celebrating the work that has been created.

Stories by Gail Schlesser, Sophie Buchholtz, Samuel Zilberzweig, Nadege Lantigua, Miriam Rose, Irina Kleytman & Rose Cohen

Also featuring storyteller Geraldine Vogel and story instructors Cyndi Freeman, Sandi Marx & Terri Galvin.

Filmed and Edited by Em Watson



STORIES OF NEW YORK – SENIORS is an arts and artist based collaborative project dedicated to encouraging connection, agency, and community bonding within the senior community, through the medium of storytelling.  We present storytelling workshops that encourages connection and community bonding that culminates with a series of documentary films featuring Brooklyn Seniors presenting real life stories. The sharing of personal stories is a profound and authentic experience, connecting people by celebrating the universal experience of what it is to be alive. We work with all communities, including individuals with cognitive impairment and other mental or physical disabilities. Our belief is that everyone wants to be heard, every voice is important, every life is an astonishing experience and each of us has stories worth sharing. Whether performing, coaching others or producing a group show our goal is to get people talking, listening, and sharing. Our work aims to include everyone in the conversation about what it is to be human.


CYNDI FREEMAN has 22 years of experience as a storyteller, including 8 years experience as a lead Instructor with The Moth. She has taught storytelling to seniors at 1199/SEIU unions and Self Advocacy Of New York (SANSY), where she helped people with disabilities train as advocates. Ms. Freeman will be overseeing the program.

TERRI GALVIN has been deeply involved in the New York storytelling community since 1998, primarily with The Moth, where she has served on various committees including: The Advisory Committee, Curatorial Committee, as their Submissions Coordinator, and she also worked as an instructor with their Outreach and Community programs from 2000 – 2016. In recognition of her work, she was the 2012 recipient of The Moth’s Wanda Bullard Award for Volunteerism. 

SANDI MARX has been a storyteller and coach in NYC for the last 3 years. Prior to her performing career, she spent 15 years as a founding member and partner at the New York talent agency Schiffman Ekman, Morrison & Marx. Ms. Marx’s expertise in the show business industry will enable us to create effective strategies towards the goal of broadcasting our films on a larger scale.


Emily Anne Watson is a filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist working primarily with performance and digital media. She is interested in modern concepts of bodies and space and their political implications, and the power of performance to inform and catalyze communities to inspire social change. She will be filming and editing our documentary series.


SU-CASA is a community arts engagement program that places artists and arts organizations in residence at senior centers across Brooklyn. Selected artists will engage participating seniors in an art project or series of cultural programs over the course of the residency. Each residency will also include a public program component – exhibits, readings, performances, open houses or other cultural interactions open to the surrounding community. This initiative seeks to connect artists with seniors in senior centers to positively impact the well-being of older adults through direct engagement in arts-based activities. 

SU-CASA is a collaboration among the New York City Council, the Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), the Department for the Aging (DFTA) and Brooklyn Arts Council. The program is funded in FY18 by New York City Council and we would like to thank Councilmember Mark Treyger for his support. Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is proud to administer this program on behalf of the borough of Brooklyn.   

BAC COMMUNITY ARTS GRANTS help fund project-based work by individual artists and nonprofit organizations in all artistic disciplines, and support capacity building for Brooklyn-based non-profit organizations.  Grants are made possible through the generous support of the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs DCLA in partnership with the New York City Council, and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.   BAC is the borough’s leading nonprofit organization supporting artists and cultural groups in all disciplines. 

BAC (BROOKLYN ARTS COUNCIL) reaches hundreds of thousands of artists and audience members each year through music, dance, film and visual arts programs, web-based directories and communities, arts education, urban folk arts initiatives, grants, training programs and artists services. 

JASA/WARBASSE CARES NORC, is conducted in partnership with JASA Amalgamated Warbasse Houses Inc., and Visiting Nurses Service of NY. The program is funded by the New York City Department for the Aging, the New York State Office for the Aging,  UJA Federation and grants secured by the Honorable Councilman Mark Treyger  

JASA (JEWISH ASSOCIATION SERVING THE AGING) offers a number of quality-of-life programs to seniors living within NORCs. (Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) JASA programs provide a wide range of social services, educational and recreational activities, supportive counseling, assistance with securing benefits and entitlements, health-related services, and transportation to help senior residents remain at home and continue to participate in community life. JASA’s longstanding commitment to serving these unique communities enables individuals to grow older among familiar faces and surroundings.   

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