Every child deserves a good education. Unfortunately, due to inequality gaps throughout California, children from low-income communities are usually shown imbalances in academic achievement. ACN is working towards a plan to explore the realm of live theater performance with such children with the intent of helping them understand the work involved in reading a story, fully understanding it's various intricacies, and then performing it.
For these workshops, a small team of actors would arrange a specific time with students from in and around the Los Angeles and Orange County areas to read stories with children and then talk with then about the different themes and characters involved. The purpose of the time would be to facilitate both open discussion about the theme, mood, characters, symbolism, and other tools used by the author to affect readers, as well as hopefully develop performance level programming with those involved in hopes of both setting introspection into the minds of young people, but also to encourage the limitless wonder of reaching for a dream and achieving it; even if only in a small way.
These workshops allow students to build their imagination and creativity with an unfamiliar story and reminds them of the power of language within their own lives and people around them. Ultimately, these students witness the effect of these theatrical performances and can view their lives with a better sense of understanding as they unfold the stories around them.