Since 2014 White Pines has served youth with disabilities through its class Acting Out! Now in its fifth year, Acting Out! has a diverse population including kids with cerebral palsy, Downs syndrome and autism spectrum disorder. Each semester we create original skits and improvisations, we mount famous numbers from musicals like Les Miserables and A Chorus Line. Our Anime Club and Animation Studio serve kids with disabilities. And we perform at special events, like the gala for Philly Friendship Circle.
Our program Stepping Out! bring our performance creativity offsite to differently abled youth and adults. This year we are beginning a partnership with Carousel Connection in Ardmore, and we have partnered with Variety Club of Philadelphia on a grant application to train young adults with disabilities for careers in the performing arts.
Like everything we do at White Pines, we use improvisation as our foundation. Our work teaches our participants to trust their instincts, think creativity, build stories collaboratively, and understand beginning/middle/end. Performance creativity allows people to imagine themselves as other than they see themselves, and then embody those visions!
We need your help to continue serving this inspiring and vital community, and continue towards a worldview of complete inclusion. Your support could go to:
- $10 to help pay for one top hat for our production of "One" from A Chorus Line
- $50 for one hour of professional teaching artist time
- $100 will go to professional development training for our staff for a new Stepping Out! partnership
- $500 pays for a teaching artist to work offsite at an eight-week residency
- $1000 pays for a lead teacher for Acting Out!
Empower disability: to create, to integrate, to succeed!