Rowena is a San Francisco-based interdisciplinary artist.
Dementia caregivers and our loved ones living with dementia
Words of Strength
Curiosity and creativity
Through creative engagement with intergenerational, neurodiverse populations we can break down aging and dementia stereotypes that lead to a diminishment of dignity.
Together with the For You performance group Rowena is co-developing Artists & Elders, a new form of distant socializing and intergenerational creative engagement.
Fellowship with an interdisciplinary, international cohort has led her to collaborate on a number of creative aging projects that support wellbeing across lifecourse.
Through her work as a movement facilitator and performance maker, Rowena wants to reduce the stress and stigma associated with aging and dementia, and bring strangers together to celebrate what older people and people with dementia can teach us.
Rowena Richie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in dance from the University of Michigan and California State University, Long Beach. She holds a Masters’ of Fine Arts in Creative Inquiry from New College of California. For the past 30 years Rowena has been a performance maker and movement practitioner in San Francisco.
For You is a performance group founded by Rowena Richie, Erika Chong Shuch and Ryan Tacata. They create original, participatory performances that bring strangers together for intimate encounters. Each For You performance is grounded in the lived experiences of participant-collaborators. As a direct response to COVID-19, and with awareness that elders are at a higher risk of isolation, For You launched Artists & Elders to inspire new forms of distant socializing.
For You’s work has been supported and presented by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OR), the Momentary (AR), Court Theater and the Experimental Performance Initiative at the University of Chicago, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. For You is a project of Creative Capital, with additional support from Berkeley Rep’s Groundfloor, Rainin Foundation, Center for Cultural Innovation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Dancers’ Group, Global Brain Health Institute and Alzheimer’s Association, Encore.org, and the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) National Theater Project Grant. www.foryou.productions.