“It’s a cast that will make you look twice. Everyone on stage in a Bridging the Gap production is either in their very early twenties, or a senior citizen, and the synergy is outstanding. The brainchild of founder and professional stage director Sherry Teitelbaum, Bridging the Gap is an intergenerational, community-based project that uses theater as a catalyst to bridge the generation gap between older and younger LGBTQ people living in New York City. Teitelbaum says traditionally there have been few opportunities to connect the young and the old, which has robbed the gay and trans communities of opportunities to weave a common history and share strategies that are needed to survive and thrive in a sometimes homophobic world” – Curve Magazine, March 26, 2014, Sheryl Kay

Sherry Teitelbaum is a New York-based director, dramaturge, actress, acting coach and theatrical adapter. She is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Collaboration is key to her directing practice and whatever the context, she always strives to create something urgent, honest, and beautiful. She challenges her collaborators to do new kinds of work and shared the tools she had learned from master teachers such as Joe Chaikin, Anne Bogart, and Tina Packer. Teitelbaum works to generate opportunities for older adults to explore their histories through theater.

Her directing works include Golems of Gotham at OPEN ; and Buskers and Coming Together at the Alvin Ailey Theater. Her grants include Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Manhattan Community Arts Fund and the Fund for Creative Communities (2012-2015), Queens Art Fund, and support from Brooklyn Arts Council. Her publications include Identifying, Confronting and Disrupting Stereotypes: Role on the Wall…, Research in Drama Education. She earned a M.F.A. in Applied Theatre at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies.

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