The Memory Ensemble
The Memory Ensemble is a collaboration between the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease and the Lookingglass Theatre Company. It was conceived by Darby Morhardt (Mesulam Center) and Christine Mary Dunford (LTC) in late 2009 in response to an unmet need for challenging and supportive creative learning opportunities for people experiencing memory loss. This is a multiweek, improvisational theater experience for people with memory loss. Improvisational theater is a form of acting in which actors use techniques to perform spontaneously. Throughout the workshops, ensemble members learn to use their instincts, creativity and spontaneity as they work together to explore and create improvisational theater.
In the Media
- Tapping the Creative Brain for People With Alzheimer's and Related Diseases - Parade
- Alzheimer's Disease: Improv Lets Patients Live in the Moment
- The Memory Ensemble on NPR's national Morning Edition News
- A healthy dose of laughter for patients suffering from memory loss - WBEZ Chicago Radio
- Trying Improv as Therapy for Those With Memory Loss - The New York Times