Lafayette High School students performing their devised play, THE GRANDSTORY (2015).

Guiding Principles

AFP in the Schools begins with Anne Frank.  While Anne Frank’s wisdom can be applied in multiple ways, AFP in the Schools focuses on Anne Frank the storyteller.  Clearly, Anne Frank’s story has impacted millions not only as a lasting personal testament to the horrors of the Holocaust, but also as a universal inspiration for hope, peace and the human ability to find light in the darkest of times.  Anne Frank was an amazing writer.  We believe in the power storytelling. From the shaman of Mesopotamia 7,000 years ago using chanted stories to communicate survival strategies to their tribes, to the masked chorus of Greek tragedies in 6th century B.C. who translated the complexities of the gods to eager Athenians, to today’s Broadway actors who transport audiences to magical, far away places through song—Storytelling remains at the heart of who we are, how we communicate, and what moves us forward.