Young Playwrights' Theater inspires young people to realize the power of their own voices.

Kareem Shaban

Dedicated Donor, December 2015

 
YPT's December Dedicated Donor is: Kareem Shaban!

Kareem is a friend of YPT Community Engagement Associate Laura Wood, and has become one of YPT’s most steadfast donors and volunteers. We thank Kareem for the myriad ways in which he supports DC’s young artists!

Click below for our interview with Kareem.

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 in the audience, we are lucky to have such a wonderful community of support.

Periodically, we like to feature our donors in a series we call Dedicated Donors. This month’s donor is: Kareem Shaban!

Kareem is a friend of YPT Community Engagement Associate Laura Wood, and has become one of YPT’s most steadfast donors and volunteers. We thank Kareem for the myriad ways in which he supports DC’s young artists!

Read on for our interview with Kareem.

YPT: Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you like to do for fun? What's your job?

KS: I'm originally from Colorado, but due to an unfortunate accident where a tree sprouted up from the ground instantaneously, I do NOT like to ski. Instead, I play kickball in the summer and read in the winter! My job is inspiring life-long learning at the George Washington University, where I also went to (and am currently attending) school. 
 

YPT: How did you learn about YPT?

KS: Laura Wood introduced me to YPT a couple years ago (why did it take that long?), and I've been a fan ever since.
 

YPT: What inspires you to give to YPT, both as a volunteer and as a donor?

KS: I see so much value in arts education, especially since I attribute my success in the workforce to my background and education in theater. With YPT specifically, I had the chance to interview about 10 community leaders, elected officials, and donors this summer about arts education. YPT was brought up by every single person because of how greatly the organization impacts students (and can track that impact). YPT doesn't just provide a greatly needed service, they commit to the life of a student. 

 

YPT: How would you describe YPT to someone who hasn't heard of us?

KS: You all do the explaining so well! YPT gives DC youth the tools and ability to express themselves and their creativity. They empower students to build essential skills—while having the most fun I've witnessed in my life.

 

YPT: What was your favorite or most memorable moment from a YPT performance or event that you've attended?

KS: I think it’s more of a feeling I get watching performances: the feeling that anything is possible because a creative student thought it to be. Student writers don't have the limits we set on ourselves as adults, and it’s really fun to shed [those limits] walking into a performance. 


YPT: What might people be surprised to learn about you?

KS: I still have the teddy bear my sister gave me when I was born. It’s missing an eye because I was apparently a hungry toddler, but it still sits next to my bed every day!


YPT: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

KS: The most popular TED Talk, "Do Schools Kill Creativity?", really hits home on this. We teach people skills to enter a world that we live in now, except they'll be living in a completely different world once they enter it. If I could, I'd focus efforts on arts education throughout schools, because you can learn the transferable skills to take into an ever-changing world. 

Oh, and Five Guys every day for free would be a nice thing, too....
 

YPT: Why do you think arts education is important?

KS: In life and in school, people focus on the product, then they look at the process, then they look at the person. But arts education flips that around; time and time again, you see a focus on developing the person so they can find their own process...and the product just turns out better because of it.  


YPT: Most importantly, if Hollywood made of a movie of your life, who would you like to play the lead role?

KS: Clearly it would be Seth Rogen!