To bring smiles to the faces of kids in the hospital while teaching Drexel students that they can use their skills to make a difference in the world.
HOW IT WORKS
Drexel University students write and perform live, original plays on-camera for a show broadcast throughout Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Each play takes hospitalized children on an entertaining, imaginative, and often educational journey. The course offers Drexel University students a unique opportunity to study creative writing in an applied setting, while fulfilling institutional goals of experiential learning and civic engagement.
Children who are very medically fragile and undergoing sophisticated treatments for very serious maladies. Many have life-long mental or physical disabilities. Children come down from the wards and participate in the show, thus engaging with Drexel students in a way that is spontaneous, and improvisational. These interactions provide a vehicle for patients to enter
into the imaginary realm of the performance, and simultaneously allow Drexel students to write scripts, act in front of a camera, react to changeable circumstances, and create a unique and shared creative experience with the children.