“The tour wasn’t what I expected, but it was exactly what I needed.”
Jennifer Carson, Kyrie Carpenter, Samite Mulondo, and Nate Silas Richardson This immersive and transformational non-fiction theater experience weaves film, music, and first- person stories with groundbreaking research, turning convention on its head by focusing on what we can all learn from people living with dementia. The performance features live music and storytelling from humanitarian and refugee Samite Mulondo, accompanied by Nate Silas Richardson and co-hosted by a pioneer in the field of authentic partnership research Dr. Jennifer Carson and millennial psychotherapist turned activist Kyrié Carpenter. The performance was created in collaboration with members of Seattle-based Momentia and is guided by an advisory team of people living with dementia, allies and advocates.
Life’s Most Dangerous Game
Bill Thomas, Nate Silas Richardson, and Namarah McCall Blending myth and science, live-music and storytelling, Dr. Bill Thomas, Co-Founder of The Eden Alternative, asks the question “what if?” What if we all lived in a world that saw aging not as a process of decline but as a vivid and enlivening process that presents us with extraordinary risks and rewards? Accompanied by acclaimed musician Nate Silas Richardson and vocalist Namarah McCall, Dr. Thomas shows audience members how to approach aging with the skill and enthusiasm it requires. Drawing on ancient wisdom and scientific breakthroughs, they challenge audience members to reject ageist stereotypes and embrace the moments of life that offer the greatest risk, reward, and possibility.
Meet the Cast of the ChangingAging Tour
Dr. Bill Thomas, MD – Author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of The Eden Alternative, The Green House, ChangingAging and most recently My Minka.
Kyrié Carpenter, M.A. – A radically pro-aging and dementia positive coach and thinker. Kyrié’s passion for story led her to a career in film, studies in Depth Psychology, and ultimately her work with aging. She is a contributor to the ChangingAging blog and recently published her first book.
Jennifer Carson, PhD – Jennifer brings a commitment to service, collaboration and innovation built upon 30 years of experience in the field of long-term care and retirement living, bridging direct care and support, organizational leadership, research, innovation, and education.
Namarah A. McCall – A Philadelphia-born musician exploring the connections of social exchange through performance art. Namarah works to create spaces where individuals can create monumental change. She recently released her first album Deia.
Samite Mulondo – World-renowned musician and humanitarian Samite brings live music and story telling to the stage. Samite is the subject of the PBS documentary Song of the Refugee. It was while filming this that Samite’s work as founder of Musicians for World Harmony began.
Nate Silas Richardson – An Ithaca-based musician who for four years has accompanied Dr. Bill Thomas in the unconventional pairing of “physician and musician.” A classically trained musician and jazz composer, Nate runs Rep Studio in Ithaca and performs widely.
Kavan Peterson – Award winning journalist, entrepreneur, theater director and pro-aging activist, Kavan co-founded and directs Dr. Bill Thomas’ ChangingAging Blog and national Tour. Kavan is also the founder of Montana-based Harvest Home Care and is a leading voice building aging-in-community and dementia-friendly initiatives in Seattle and nationwide.
Mike Bolinder – Entrepreneur and non-profit consultant driven by a passion to help vulnerable populations. Mike’s background and capabilities include public policy, fundraising, grant writing, appropriations, lobbying, and large event management.
Rob Doolittle – With decades of experience traveling the country with shows of all sizes the ChangingAging tour could not happen without Rob. He is the set designer, lighting technician, sound engineer and cornerstone of the production.
Jeseph Meyers – Jeseph’s passion is helping organizations achieve growth through creative digital storytelling. As a digital marketing professional he specializes in search engine optimization, social media marketing and website development.