Children's Healing Project

You can have fun like a normal kid. You can forget what is wrong with you.

Patient

Nursing staff always report gales of laughter coming from the rooms and a more positive patient attitude after a visit from these two magicians (Teaching Artists).

Hospital Administrator

The Children's Healing Project includes TheatreWorks Teaching Artists at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, the Comprehensive Eating Disorders Unit at the El Camino Hospital location, and the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford. Each year TheatreWorks brings joy and laughter to the patients at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, and to patients’ and siblings’ at Ronald McDonald House. Throughout the school year, two Teaching Artists visit the hospital and support patients and their siblings in elementary, middle, and high school. Through improvisation at patients’ bedside, creative drama workshops in the hospital classrooms and comprehensive care unit for teens with eating disorders, and the school house at Ronald McDonald House, these artists shed a special light in patients’ lives.

On any given Wednesday you might see students playing a wacky version of American Idol in the dialysis unit, all laughing uproariously as they disqualify each actor's attempt to master a certain singing style. Or you might witness fifteen high school students, some in various stages of chemotherapy, playing with the language of Shakespeare. You may even hear a couple of young siblings explaining why they were a superhero that day. Through the Children’s Healing Project, patients have the opportunity to forget their troubles and enjoy creative and imaginative exploration.

For information on how hospitals and arts organizations can implement similar program, please contact Lisa Edsall Giglio, Director of Education, at 650.463.7134 or lgiglio@theatreworks.org.