Linda Hatofsky

PMH Fellow

CSTMS Research Unit: PMH

Linda Spector-Hatofsky has devoted the better part of fifty years to working in many aspects of community theatre -- as a director, playwright and instructor of acting and improvisation. Her students -- disabled, able-bodied, young and old, range in ages from 6 to 100.

For 27 years, she served as co-director and playwright for STAGEBRIDGE, a senior theater company whose goal is to use Drama and Storytelling to bridge the gap between generations and make dramatic activities an opportunity for elders. Linda has also created  what she calls "Imaginations Workshops", working with participants in senior centers, assisted living facilities, nursing homes, alzheimer units and hospitals. She uses drama games. improvisational techniques  and humor to keep their imaginations, memories and five senses vital and active. The hour long workshops are characterized by a sense of exploration and fantasy.

Recently, she has worked with Dr. Guy Micco at U.C. Berkeley, co-teaching the class, "Readers' Theater in a Medical Context" and presenting improvisational workshops with students in the UCSF-UCB Joint Medical Program.

Semi-retired now,  Linda continues to employ her theater expertise to develop imaginations, overcome fears and insecurities, and heighten personal and social awareness.

last updated: November 13th, 2017