Book a GeriActors & Friends performance


The GeriActors & Friends produce original plays that focus on aging rather than age and celebrate our commonalities. Ranging in age from 24 to 88 years old, the GeriActors are seniors from Edmonton and area and the Friends are students and alumni from the University of Alberta.

With support from Age Friendly Edmonton, the Alberta Lottery Fund, and the University of Alberta Drama Department we have developed new plays that explore what it means to be a senior in Edmonton.


Just as they are inventing rear view cameras, warning buzzers for changing lanes, self-driving cars, and car sharing deals, Jack has to give up driving.


From the 60’s to today four people share their stories of coming out.


Times have changed. Life has sped up and online dating is the worst. In one minute you’ve said yes or no to 10 people. What’s next? Breaking up before you meet? Gertrude is about to find out.


A play about elder abuse and finding your sanctuary.


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Meet the GeriActors & Friends


As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.

Helen Klemm
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

“Lots of little moments… it opened up so many things for us.”

Helen is an experienced actress with many performances under her belt. She has performed at multiple theatres in Edmonton including the Walterdale and the Mayfield. As the longest standing member in the GeriActors, Helen has taken it upon herself to rally more and more members over the years. She has always had a passion for performing and creating connections with the audience. Acting is something Helen needs to express her feelings and she maintains that being a part of the GeriActors is what keeps her going. As for future productions, Helen looks to perform those which portray humanity.

Meet the GeriActors & Friends


As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.

Chips Reid
Birthplace: Bishop’s Stortford, England

Acting puts you in a different space, and it takes you outside of yourself. It gives you freedom to be somebody else.”

Charles, also known as Chips is one of the GeriActors most exotic members. Although he was born in England, he considers Trinidad home and grew up there before moving to Edmonton where he received his Engineering Degree. Chips has been with the GeriActors for over 10 years and had the opportunity to star in their play “We Decide” as King Lear. Chips appreciates the challenge of learning how to interact and co-create with younger people on stage. From studying mushrooms to tai chi, Chips is always up for learning something new. His love for adventure and mischievous behavior ensure that he will have many stories to share for years to come.

Let’s end ageism | Ashton Applewhite

A wonderful talk on ageism and the effect it has on society and ourselves.


It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It’s ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves — and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. “Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured,” she says. “It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all.”

Meet the GeriActors & Friends


As we prepare for our upcoming performance tour we wanted to introduce you to the cast of the GeriActors & Friends.


Charles Bidwell
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ontario

“It’s a great social group because the people are very playful… nobody yells at anybody else, nobody complains if you do forget your lines because we all do that. It adds the quality to my week.”

From designing and hooking rugs to taking the stage, Charles is a man with many talents. His path to acting began at a young age, he participated in his high school drama club, voiced Jesus in a radio series, acted in commercials and is currently working with the standardized patient program at the University of Alberta. He has always been drawn to the interactions with people that happen through acting. Charles believes that being involved with the GeriActors adds quality to his week and it gives him the opportunity to work or play with students and seniors alike.