Stories 4 Strength brings education, healing and play through theater, music and art to underserved populations of children and teenagers around the world. After working in Madagascar with at risk youth, and collaborating with UNICEF to promote health education through theater, founder Annie Worden was inspired to create a global organization that brings free arts programming to children in hospitals, foster care, homeless shelters and refugee camps. At Stories 4 Strength, we believe creative expression through art is deeply important to a child's growth. Every child, no matter their circumstances, deserves access to arts education that unlocks their creative potential. We teach story creation, songwriting, and performance techniques to build confidence, resilience and community, giving children power through the value of their own voices.
MEET OUR TEAM
Annie Worden (Founder, Artistic Director) is an actor, puppeteer and teacher who hails from California. She spent four years working as the education/outreach coordinator for Zara Aina, an NGO that does theater with underpriviledged children in Madagascar. She's taught Shakespeare and physical theater at the Hunts Point Alliance for Children in New York and she's worked with Mighty Shero Productions bringing theater and storytelling to incarcerated women. She recieved an MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep. www.annieworden.com
Katie Nave Freeman (Director of Developement) supports Stories 4 Strength's external communications and fundraising initiatives. Katie has over ten years of experience in non-profit development, communications, and creative strategy. Driven by her passion for children's rights, education and storytelling, Katie is honored to support Stories 4 Strength's mission to make a difference in the lives of underserved populations of children around the world.
Matt Citron (Company Manager, Music Director) is an actor, musician and teacher. He has taught music and theater at The 52nd Street Project, Zara Aina, Peace Child, Marin Country Day School, and The Bank Street School. As an actor and music director he has worked at Lincoln Center, The Public Theater, Playwright's Horizons, New York Theater Workshop, The Williamstown Theater Festival, and many others. His music has been heard on MTV, The CW, Bravo, TruTV, the Olympics 2016, and the Emmy nominated web series Honest Trailers. He received an MFA from NYU's Graduate Acting Program. www.mattcitron.space www.mattcitron.net
Sunny has been a full time faculty member at Friends International in Phnom Penh for over 20 years. In addition to working with the kids at Mith Samlanh, he also regularly hosts a singing competition on Cambodian TV under the alias VJ Color.
Socheat Vouen is a peer mentor at the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. She supports children facing difficult health issues at the hospital and educates her community about better hygiene practices. She also loves spicy mango.
Saphon is a full time staff member of the Angkor Hospital for Children in Siem Reap. He helps organize the community outreach for the Capacity Building Team at AHC.
OUR TEACHING ARTISTS
Leicester Landon is a theater artist and educator from New Orleans with a strong faith in the restorative power of theater. He has performed professionally in film and on stage regionally and in New York. He also works with children struggling to beat cancer at the What You Give Will Grow organization in New Orleans. He was a member of the Chautauqua Theater Conservatory and received his MFA from Brown University/Trinity Rep.
Christine Stulik is an actor, writer, and musician recently relocated to NYC having spent the past 12 years in Chicago. She was a company member of The Hypocrites, where she acted in 14 productions over 6 years. In NYC, she has worked at HERE Arts Center and the MCC Youth Company. She has acted regionally at A.R.T, Berkeley Rep, and Actors Theatre of Lousiville and is a proud graduate of Northwestern University and The School at Steppenwolf. www.christinestulik.com