Wow. It was spectacular!

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Featuring an original script and Broadway composed music, The Maya Musical has been a life-changing experience for the 100 low-income students involved. Maya, a partnership between ASTEP and Teach for India, tells the story of Princess Maya’s journey. Tasked to bring light back into her Kingdom, Maya and her friends use the values of courage, compassion and wisdom to lift 3 curses that have been cast on the world.

Like Maya, these children have discovered their brightest light. Thanks to an extensive team of dedicated ASTEP Volunteer Artists, Teach for India staff and scores of supporters, the show opened this month to thunderous applause.

“Maya gives me the power to live my life.
Maya is an inspiration that helps me to help others.
Maya is a song that encourages me to sing out my own voice.”
– Priyanka, 14 years old


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The list of individuals who helped make this possible is inspiring!

From the ASTEP Team:

Allison Gibbons, Andrea DeLonis, Anna Jacobs, Asavari Thatte, August Eriksmoen, Ben Campbell, Callie Tepper, Charlie Sohne, Christopher Behmke, Cicily Daniels, Coty Cockrell, Danielle Mooney, David Goldsmith, Elle Sullivan, Enrico De Trizio, Francesca Betancourt, Garen McRoberts, George Abud, Georgia Stitt, James Sasser, Jane Pfitsch, Jay Mack, Jeremy King, Julianne Merrill, Kelcie Miles, Kendal Sparks, Lotte Crayton, Lynne Shankel, Maggie McNeill, Martyn Axe, Michael Sample, Michael Shawn Lewis, Natalie Silverlieb, Nick Dalton, Nieva Acoba, Paul Loesel, Rona Siddiqui, Russ Kaplan, Sam Davis, Sara Wordsworth, Shannon O’Bryan, Taylor Williams, Tim Rosser, Tony Fuemmeler, Trent Jeffords, Tricia Berry, and Wendy Wheeler

We will be forever grateful!








The Maya Project | Teach for India

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Just one year ago, ASTEP and TFI joined forces to write and produce Maya The Musical, a project performed by low-income students from Pune, India. Teams of Volunteer Artists have spent countless hours composing music, choreographing the scenes, and rehearsing, rehearsing, rehearsing! The show is scheduled to open in November 2014 and then tour around the country, directly impacting all Teach For India’s 32,000 children, through the Maya Book, Curriculum ideas, Film and the 100 Artists Program!

Stay tuned for more updates as the countdown begins for opening night!

One special art project, led by ASTEP Volunteer Artist Asavari Thatte, selected 5 kids involved in Maya and had them analyze the concept of “story” or “narrative,” and contextualize it against the backdrop of their lived experiences or the narrative of Maya. The second part of the project was illustrating the stories they had written. Below are their final pieces:

Thank you to all of the Volunteer Artists who have helped make this new program such a success! Elle Sullivan, Garen McRoberts, Asavari Thatte, Wendy Wheeler, Allison Gibbons, Francesca Betancourt, Kelcie Miles, Andrea DeLonis, Danielle Mooney, Lotte Crayton and ASTEP Program Facilitator Nick Dalton






Art-in-Action 2014 Camp Blog!

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Hey everyone!

Welcome to our Arts-in-Action 2014 camp blog!

Led by a team of 14 Volunteer Artists, ASTEP and our partner, enFAMILIA, are in the middle of Art-in-Action, a 5-week arts camp that brings a dynamic visual and performing arts experience to over 100 youth from the immigrant and migrant communities of Deep South Miami-Dade. Art-in-Action is all about providing a safe space for high school and middle school youth so they can come together to create, develop artistic skills, and grow personally and emotionally.

Students sign up for a variety of classes, including Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art, and Musical Theater. A few of the elective classes that were offered featured Screen Printing, Clowning, Poetry, and Breakdancing. Stay tuned for weekly updates full of photos, videos, and testimonials!

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** None of this would be possible without the dedication and talent of our amazing Volunteer Artist Team:

Aaron Anthon (Visual Art), Cessa Betancourt (Dance), Elise Conklin (Music), Laura Estep (Events Coordinator), Devon Fitol (Dance), Allison Gibbons (Dance), Raymundo Gutierrez (Music), Kelcie Miles (Theatre), Tiffany Ramos (Visual Art), Ximena Salgado (Assistant Program Facilitator), Damian Santamaria (Visual Art), Linnell Truchon (Theatre), Blake Wales (Theatre), and Andre Webb (Music).


Also, a BIG thank you to all of our supporters and donors, especially Southwest Airlines, which directly supported the 2014 Art-in-Action Summer Camp!

  Southwest Airlines is proud to be a partner of ASTEP. At Southwest Airlines we strive to make a positive difference in the communities we serve.”


ASTEP’s Arts Camp in India!

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A team of ASTEP Volunteer Artists recently spent three weeks in India to deliver a multi-week arts camp for the children of Shanti Bhavan! They are Francesca Betancourt, Lotte Crayton, Andrea DeLonis, Jonny Duennebier, Allison Gibbons, JJ Krehbiel, Kelcie Miles, and Danielle Mooney, led by ASTEP’s Director of Programs Abby Gerdts.

The volunteers created a series of arts-specific events, including the Color Cup, and led art classes that focused on dance, visual arts, even film. Check out the special short film that was written, directed, filmed, and edited by the students — they also got to indulge in a favorite past time…consuming candy!
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Art-in-Action 2013 Camp Blog!

Hey everyone!

Welcome to our Arts-in-Action 2013 camp blog!

Led by a team of 21 Volunteer Artists, ASTEP and our partner, enFAMILIA, delivered Art-in-Action, a 6-week arts camp that brought a dynamic visual and performing arts experience to 120 youth from the immigrant and migrant communities of Deep South Miami-Dade. Art-in-Action is all about providing a safe space for high school and middle school youth so they can come together to create, develop artistic skills, and grow personally and emotionally.

Students signed up for a variety of classes, including Music, Drama, Dance, Visual Art, and Musical Theater. A few of the elective classes that were offered featured Screen Printing, Clowning, Poetry, and Breakdancing. Enjoy the photos, videos, and testimonials!

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** None of this would be possible without dedication and talent of our amazing Volunteer Artist Team: Linnell Truchon (Theatre), Maria Arvanitakis (Theatre), Kelcie Miles (Theatre), Bronte Velez (Dance), Lili Froehlich (Dance), Kentaley McCurdy (Dance), Jess Bush (Music), Elise Conklin (Music), Luz De La Cruz (Music), Vera Johnson (Visual Art), Khaled Hassan (Visual Art), Emma Johnson (Visual Art), Sebastian Acosta (Culinary Arts), Samip Raval (Guest Artist), Andrew Cohen (Guest Artist), Oscar Trujillo (Guest Artist), Brendan Spieth (Guest Artist), Kyle Netzeband (Guest Artist), Maria Avonce, (On-Site Administrator), Allison Gibbons (On-Site Administrator), Blake Wales (On-Site Administrator), Abby Gerdts (ASTEP Program Director)

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