Dedicated Donor, December 2016
YPT could not do what we do without the support of our many amazing donors. From volunteering their time to contributing financially to cheering on our students, these incredible people keep YPT going and bring our work to life!
Periodically, we like to feature our donors in a series we call Dedicated Donors. This month’s donor is: Sophia Lewin Adams!
Sophia is a beloved member of the YPT family, and recently became a monthly donor. We are delighted to share her story with you!
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YPT: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your job? What do you like to do for fun?
SLA: I am a freelance stage manager—I currently am working as a production assistant at Signature Theatre. When I’m not there, I spend my time cooking, reading, petting cats, and trying out new hobbies (my current favorite is embroidery).
YPT: How did you learn about YPT?
SLA: I have numerous friends that work/have worked at YPT!
YPT: What inspires you to give to YPT? What inspired you to start giving monthly?
SLA: I strongly believe that the arts are vital to the development of young people. I give to YPT to open up more opportunities in the arts and provide young people a supportive environment to develop their creative voices.
YPT: You and your family have generously supported YPT in the past. What is important to your family about supporting nonprofits, the arts and/or education?
SLA: My father has worked in the nonprofit sector for my entire life, and he has instilled in me the importance of volunteering, donating, and advocating for causes and organizations that I believe in. The arts are especially important to us—my brother and I are the product of a strong arts education. It’s so important to me that other children have access to the arts.
YPT: What impact do you hope your gifts will have on YPT students?
SLA: I hope that my gifts will allow more students to become involved—writing, learning, and sharing their voices. The lessons taught through YPT’s program can help any child become a more confident, engaged member of their communities. I also hope that my donation will reinforce in the students’ minds that people believe in them, their voices, and their arts education.
YPT: How would you describe YPT to someone who hasn't heard of us?
SLA: YPT is a wonderful theatre education organization that works with children to develop their personal voices through playwriting. They mentor student playwrights and then produce the students’ plays with professional actors so students can hear their voices out loud.
YPT: Have you ever been to a YPT performance or event? If so, what was a memorable moment from the event?
SLA: Oh, this is sort of embarrassing, but I haven’t actually been to a performance or event. It’s on my list of goals for 2017!
YPT: A “little birdie” told us you were in a sketch comedy group in college. What was it like to see – and take part in – new works being created every week?
SLA: Collaborating in a sketch comedy group was wonderful! We had such a unique, collaborative process for creating new work, and it was so exciting. Making new things every week taught me so much about the creative process and the extent of the imagination. To be surrounded by creative people and seemingly infinite ideas was exhilarating. I continue to work on new work as a professional, and I cannot get enough of it.
YPT: Who was your favorite character growing up, and why?
SLA: I was enamored with every single character in Tamora Pierce’s fantasy novels. I think Daine, from The Immortals was my favorite. She is a 13-year-old girl who can talk to animals and immortal creatures. She is strong, independent, and powerful and felt very real to me as a child.
YPT: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
SLA: I would end systematic oppression! (and find a cure for cat allergies)