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Story Pirates

Shanghai Children’s Story Ideas —And Help Them with Their Education

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Story by Meredith Cooper

irates have always been a part of the education experience. In kindergarten we hear the story of Peter Pan winning against Captain Hook. In middle school we read about Jim Hawkins’ adventure with the devious Long John Silver. Pirates, however, have come to mean something else at schools across the country thanks to a certain band of 21st century buccaneers who have created an interactive, innovative approach to learning. Founded in 2003, the Story Pirates is an education and media organization that has two permanent branches one in Los Angeles and one in New York City. Working in cooperation with schools, these pirates “steal” story ideas from students, which are incorporated into their live performances as well as their weekly radio program, podcasts and writing workshops. “We believe that kids have the best ideas, so we turn their original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors to show those kids just how amazing their

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ideas are. We believe that desire drives learning,” the Story Pirates’ website states. Crewmates and allies for the Story Pirates have included famous comedians like Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien (pictured) as well as talents from well-known comedy hubs such as the Groundlings, Upright Citizens Brigade and

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