Anne Basting, Maureen Towey, Ellie Rose

Basting, Anne

Anne Basting focuses her teaching and creative research on community-engaged performance. With a PhD in Theatre Studies from University of Minnesota, Basting is both a creative artist and scholar. She is the author of three books, including Forget Memory: Creating better lives for people with dementia (2009, Johns Hopkins UP), and dozens of articles and essays in a wide range of journals. Basting is the recipient of a Rockefeller Fellowship, a Brookdale National Fellowship, and numerous major grants for her scholarly and creative endeavors. She speaks internationally on the integration of the arts into aging services and long-term care. Her creative work includes TimeSlips Creative StorytellingThe Penelope Projectthe Islands of Milwaukee, The Crossings, and Slightly Bigger Women, which she co-wrote and directed in 2015. Basting founded and continues to facilitate the Creative Trust, an alliance to foster life-long learning through the arts. She is currently coordinating the Creative Trust’s Student Artist in Residence Program, which brings 8 Peck School of the Arts students into care communities and aging services programs across Milwaukee. The SAIR program is funded by a generous grant from the Helen Daniels Bader Fund. You can get a sense of Basting’s collaboration approach to the communities with whom she works in this University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee video.

To learn more about Anne Basting’s work (and to see a trailer of a documentary film about The Penelope Project), visit

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Maureen Towey is a director working in multiple artistic mediums. She worked as Creative Director for Arcade Fire on their Grammy award winning album, The Suburbs. Highlights from that campaign include collaborating on interactive video The Wilderness Downtown, working with Terry Gilliam for a concert at Madison Square Garden, and managing a number of Arcade Fire’s charitable projects in Haiti.  Towey has also directed concerts for musicians Ray LaMontagne, Esperanza Spalding, tUnE-yArDs, Walk the Moon, Lord Huron, the Walkmen, and White Denim. She directed Black Mountain Songs, (curated by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry and starring the Brooklyn Youth Chorus) with a premiere at BAM in New York and subsequent performances at the Barbican in London. As an ensemble member of Sojourn Theatre, she leads radical community engaged arts events including Throwing BonesFinding Penelope, and most recently, The Islands of Milwaukee.  Additional theater highlights include The Saints Tour (River to River Festival), Three Sisters (Working Theater), Emergence (Foundry Theatre), Swallow What You Steal (ubom, South Africa), and multiple productions with Boise Contemporary Theatre. Towey also works as a contributing photo editor at The New York Times Magazine, producing content for photo, video, and virtual reality.  She has been recognized as an AOL/PBS MAKER, a Princess Grace fellow, a TCG Leadership U fellow, and a Fulbright scholar in South Africa.

To learn more about Maureen Towey’s work, visit

Rose, EllieEllie Rose co-created GeroStart after being a leader in adult day services for seven years.  Her vision was to design an intercultural platform to educate adults how to increase personal enjoyment in life from creative living, learning and enlightenment practices as they age. Rose’s Creative Longevity method encourages age and ability integration so that people may connect through interests and creative processes. She built a team of leaders who specialize in using these same principles to develop creative opportunities for people living with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementia types. She personally trains artists, students, and aging service professionals and organizations internationally about Creative Longevity and how to integrate person-centered practices in adult day centers, assisted livings, memory cares and with caregivers in their homes. 

Rose’s work draws upon her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with an emphasis in health care integration and her graduate studies in applied practices of Gerontology. She was a fellow in the United States LeadingAge Leadership Academy in 2014 and volunteers her time with the leadership education organization, Pathways to Successful Living. Rose is a visual artist who draws inspiration by visiting unique cities and neighborhoods. She divides her time between Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Mexico City.

To learn more about Ellie Rose’s work, visit