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Join us for our Story Pirates & Friends!

New York City
Thursday, June 5th
Doors 6:30, Performance 7:00pm
Peter Norton Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Los Angeles
Wednesday, June 11th
Doors 6:30, Performance 7:00pm
The Ivy Substation
9070 Venice Boulevard

Changing kids' lives, one story at a time.

Imagine you’re back in elementary school, sitting in your packed school auditorium. Onstage are incredible performers and musicians, presenting stories written by kids from all around the country. One of the actors announces, “This NEXT story was written by… YOU.” The room goes wild! Everyone around you screams and applauds, and you and your peers watch as the Story Pirates perform the story that YOU WROTE. The experience lasts just a few minutes, but the impact can last a lifetime.

Story Pirates was founded in 2004 to celebrate the words, ideas and stories of young people. At a time when so many kids today have negative feelings about school, Story Pirates visits hundreds of schools across the country each year, providing awe-inspiring learning experiences that can dramatically improve children’s perspective on their own education.

Our curriculum aligns with widely adopted standards for English Language Arts, while also providing a rich and reflective artistic experience. Our programs push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals, such as vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression.

Since our first pilot program in a single Harlem school, Story Pirates has invited tens of thousands of students to see their words and ideas come to life on stage, and watched as, one by one, these children began to call themselves writers. Through our Story Love initiative, every young author we work with receives a handwritten note from the Story Pirates, offering them personalized, positive feedback and encouraging them to write more.

Kids across the country are yearning for the opportunity to ignite their curiosity, engage their imaginations, and discover that writing isn't just about test-taking; it's about communication. This spring, we’re raising money to visit more schools, so we can tell more kids that their words and ideas matter.

Join us and help change these kids’ lives, one story at a time.

Recent Updates

Update on the campaign!

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Story Pirates Behind the Scenes

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a Story Pirate? Join a cast for a behind the scenes tour of a typical day in the life of a Story Pirate!

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Story Pirates in the classroom: Teaching Artists

What happens when Story Pirates visit a class? Story Pirates teaching artists share some of their experiences from the classroom.

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We have one month left in our campaign!
Thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

We're $68,495 away from our goal and have one month left to go!

Our online fundraiser will continue live at our benefits in NYC on June 5th and Los Angeles on June 11th. We hope you can join us there! If you are unable to attend the benefit, please consider making tax-deductible donation online.

Join us in changing kids' lives, one story at...

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Here's what Story Pirates has been up to this year!

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We asked some kids how they felt about Story Pirates. Here's what they said!

What does Story Pirates mean to you? from Story Pirates on Vimeo.

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We're raised over $1000!
Wow! We're not even a week into our campaign and we've already reached $1000! For getting us across the $1000 mark, we're sending donor Catherine Dooley a Story Pirates t-shirt.

A big Story Pirates thank you to everyone who has donated so far!

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Recent Donations

Name Amount Comment
Vance Gibbs $200.00
Scott & Nicole Scott & Nicole $100.00
Polly Hawkes $100.00 So sorry this is late! This is in honor of Quinton Johnson
Fern Salka $1000.00
tama taub $50.00 we can't make the show tonight, but support all your fine work. Tama &Bob;
Sixth Man $25.00
Story Pirates & Friends LA Benefit $6702.50
Alison Klurfeld $25.00
Rosemary Stevens $50.00 I wish I could afford more!!!
Fif Aganga $50.00 I need a receipt
Sarah Etemadi $50.00
Pearce Larson $25.00 Wooooooo! Story Pirates! Don't forget the Striking Vikings!
Anonymous Donor $30.00
Conrad Le Bron $25.00 You're awesome! Go you! :) x
John Reeves $50.00 I'm your cousin. Our mothers are sisters.
donnella perkins $100.00
Brenner Peterson $15.00
Joyce Amarel $50.00
Haley Mancini $25.00
matthew chapman $100.00 your songs are so catchy!
Rachael Gross $50.00
Anonymous Donor $25.00
Nadia Neekta Abossein $100.00 So proud of the work you're doing!
Anonymous Donor $50.00
Rachel Whitaker $25.00
Ellen Reinhart $20.00 Keep on doing what you're doing!
Ethan Bassford $25.00
Tyler Benedict $25.00 Mutant friends to the end.
Audra Arnaudon $10.00
Tyler Adams $27.00
Hannah Davis $25.00 Super cool project. Good luck Spencer!
Lorissa Hendricks $25.00
Anonymous Donor $25.00
Renee Coughlin $25.00
Michelle Jensen $100.00
Rachel Bishop $25.00
Stephen Barbara $500.00 SPAF 2014 NYC Ask
Charisse Baxter $25.00 I didn't MEAN to wait until the last minute... but here it is!
James & Rose James & Rose $25.00
Jeremy Shpizner $25.00
Anonymous Donor $250.00
Isaac Katzanek $50.00
Molly Chadbourne $100.00 I love Story Pirates and I love Louie!
Tiffany Morningstar $25.00
Catherine Merlo $25.00
Sid Williams $50.00 For Uncle Louie
Jill Pullara $50.00
Meg Favreau $25.00
Anonymous Donor $100.00
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang $50.00
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Story Pirates attn: Nicole Brodeur c/o Drama Book Shop 250 West 40th Street New York, NY 10018