ASAP Drama students take center (virtual) stage!

Last week, ASAP Drama lit up the virtual stage by bringing its fall curriculum — The 5 W’s of Youto life through a series of virtual showcase performances.

“This year’s curriculum is a great marriage of emotional intelligence, education, and literacy concepts. We are understanding stories as we learn how to better understand ourselves.”

-Linnea Bond, Anderson School, ASAP Drama Teaching Artist

Designed as a restorative response to the COVID-19 crisis, the 5 W’s of You curriculum is a multi-week, arts-integrated and reading-enrichment program, supported by the William Penn Foundation, for ASAP Drama’s K-3rd grade students. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists, students explore a variety of engaging content, including age-appropriate comic books, ASAP Drama YouTube videos, and digital media image galleries, and are then prompted to think about creative solutions to how they can make Philly safer block by block. To get their creative juices flowing, the teaching artists guide students through a three-step process:

  • Helping students identify who they are
  • Helping them identify an issue in their community
  • Guiding the creation of superhero versions of themselves to combat their self-identified issue

To cap-off Act 1 of the 5 W’s of You curriculum students met on zoom last week to reveal their super-hero creations.

The William Penn Foundation
ASAP Drama’s K-3 efforts are supported by the William Penn Foundation as part of their commitment to nurturing literacy rich neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.

“Our showcase was so much fun! We explored performing in different backgrounds and we introduced our superhero alter-egos to our audience. Then, we thought up situations that make days easy and hard for our superhero alter-egos, and, acting as our superhero selves, we created improvs to work through the hard days with each other.”

-Linnea Bond, ASAP Drama Teaching Artist

In a year where our young superheroes have seen more than their share of “hard days,” ASAP Drama is grateful to be able to provide students a virtual stage to express themselves and be celebrated for their powers of imagination.

“The kids had a great time sharing what they were learning with others. They loved being cheered on by an audience, who got to celebrate their wild creativity!” 

-Linnea Bond, Anderson School, ASAP Drama Teaching Artist

These showcases are just one of the many ways ASAP continues to empower and inspire kids throughout Philadelphia. As we remain laser-focused on giving children in Philadelphia the enrichment opportunities they deserve, we are most grateful for your continued support and partnership.

How you can help

All donations made to ASAP throughout this season will be receipted with a card to pair with your loved ones’ gifts, sharing the impact your donation made this year: an opportunity for our city’s young people to discover new worlds, new talents and new friends, even when we are apart.

Here’s an example of one of our personalized cards!