Have you been challenged to do the Story Pirates Smash? Here’s a few tips to help! After making your donation to the Story Pirates:

  1. What you’ll need: a paper plate, shaving cream (whipped cream is too sticky), and a video recording device
  2. Create your pie: load up the paper plate with shaving cream!
  3. Set-up your camera and get ready to smash: hit record
  4. Challenge a friend to take the “smash challenge" to raise money for arts education, and mention storypirates.org/pie
  5. SMASH! Get a kid or a friend to smash you in the face, or you can even smash yourself!
  6. Post your video online! Include the link storypirates.org/pie, and don’t forget to tag the person you challenged!

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With the help of your donations, the Story Pirates have an opportunity to create a positive and lasting impact on the arts education landscape of New York City and Los Angeles.


Check donations can be made out to Story Pirates Inc. and can be mailed to:

Story Pirates c/o Will Kellogg

Drama Book Shop

250 W. 40th Street, New York, NY 10018


With five key components, outlined below, our programs take a multi-tiered approach to reaching students, parents and educators. These programs utilize the Story Pirates’ unique combination of theater, comedy and language arts curriculum across a variety of workshops, shows, professional development sessions, and media releases. 

1. In-School Residencies

(to engage students creatively while developing core academic skills)

Residency programs comprised of writing workshops that use theater and creative writing to teach concepts across a range of academic topics, including language arts, social studies, and science, with an emphasis on creative problem solving and nonviolent conflict resolution. 

2. Professional Development

(to increase teacher resources and efficacy) 

Designed to meet State Professional Development standards, the Proffesional Development workshops present teachers with new skills to build excitement
and enthusiasm in the classroom, offering techniques that can be used to
dramatically enliven lesson plans. 

3. Family Engagement Workshops

(to gain support for learning at home)

After in-school workshops series, families come to see what their children have been learning. These workshops teach adults the tools to discuss the Story Pirates show, and other pieces of theater, in terms that reinforce standards for narrative fiction their children are learning in school, and they provide easy to follow instructions for arts activities that families can enjoy at home. 

4. Community “Sharing Seats” Performances

(to celebrate the words and ideas of kids) 

Visits to homeless shelters and community centers across the city with ouraward winning Greatest Hits sketch comedy show: professional adaptations of some of our favorite student-written stories. 

5. Media as an Educational Tool

(to increase the impact and presence)

Educational media (i.e. short educational videos such as a vocabulary series) created for schools to play before and after workshops. The videos will also allow the project to reach audiences who, due to resource restraints, may be unable to access live programming.