Senior Readers' Theater

A Firehouse Arts Education Program

The Firehouse's arts education program Senior Readers’ Theater is show biz without the stress!

Senior Readers’ Theater (SRT)

The Firehouse's arts education program Senior Readers’ Theater is show biz without the stress! Individuals perform while comfortably seated and there is no memorization required. We welcome individuals aged 55 and older, regardless of experience, to participate in the magic of theater. Together, we explore a script in detail, develop a character, focus on the use of voice and gestures, and finally… offer a Public Performance at the Firehouse! Special invitations to the Public Performance are issued to Senior Centers and Assisted Living Centers throughout the area. 

SRT offers three 8-week sessions throughout the year and each session offers two time slots to choose from - Mornings (9-11) and Afternoons (12-2).

As enrollment in this program is limited, participants are strongly encouraged to fill out registration information and pay by credit card online: 
>Click here to register and pay online

Fall Program

Tuesdays, Sep. 4 - Oct. 28

Public Performance: Sun., Oct. 28, 3:00-5:00 PM


Winter Program

Tuesdays, Jan. 15 - Mar. 10

Public Performance: Sun., Mar. 10, 3:00-5:00PM


Spring Program

Tuesdays, Apr. 9 - Jun. 2

Public Performance: Sun., Jun. 2, 3:00-5PM


Program Cost and Payment
The Program cost is $85.00 per person. 

Winter Weather Cancellation Policy

If Newburyport Public Schools are cancelled, SRT classes for that Tuesday will not be held. Specifics: If the public school cancellations are announced the night before, then all SRT participants will receive emails from Lisa (Esposito) that same night. If schools are cancelled in the morning, then Lisa will both email and telephone participants that morning.

For more information, please contact Jeffrey Elwood, Director of Education, at or call 978.462.7336 during Box Office hours, Wed-Sun, 12-5pm.



CHARLES VAN EMAN: For over 30 years Charles Van Eman worked as an actor in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, and Boston. His television and film credits include Drop Dead Diva, 96 Minutes, Unstoppable, Vampire Diaries, One Tree Hill, Prison Break, Ghost Whisperer, CSI Miami, All My Children, and The Colbys. His most recent stage work has been at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in The Christina Experiment by Deirdre Girard, and at The Actors Studio of Newburyport in The Goat or Who is Sylvia by Edward Albee.

As a writer he adapted Louis L’Amour short stories and a novel into internationally distributed audio dramas for Random House Publishing. He co-wrote 20 episodes of the Atlanta based internet drama series High Rise. His solo plays, Beginners Mind and Jack’s Hat have both been performed in Newburyport. He is the author of two novels, On the Way to Pomona and The Weight of Loss. The children’s play, The Maiden Voyage of Meaghan O’Dell written with Anna Smulowitz is his most recent project.

Firehouse Senior Readers’ Theater is produced by the Firehouse with partial funding provided by Friendship Foundation and New England Biolabs.



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