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Man on a mission thinking about others

Posted on Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

Andrew Burrill’s passion for music and theater has inspired him to travel to Kenya to teach music and theater to refugees there.

The world is Andrew Burrill’s stage. The 2011 Louisa County High School graduate will be traveling to Nairobi, Kenya this fall to teach music and theater to young refugees.

Burrill was accepted to teach at the Olympic Primary School District in Kenya, Africa, and has been commissioned to write a series of monologues, “The Gospels of Kenya” for Lucinda McDermott, playwright of O’Keeffe!.

Room, board, and transportation is provided but Burrill needs to raise enough money for the round-trip airfare from Richmond to Kenya. He has already raised a little over $1,300 through his web site, but needs to reach $2,550.

“I am doing this because it is important to think about others than just about ourselves,” Burrill said. “Our lives, compared to the refugees, are incredible.”

So, he decided to research countries in which he could volunteer and share his love of the performing arts, and Kenya stood out. Burrill then applied to the international program and was accepted by the British government, which sponsors these classes to teach what comes naturally to him–music and theater.

Burrill has an extensive background in the performing arts. While in high school, he performed in many plays, collecting acting credits with “Guys and Dolls,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and was nominated for best actor in the Virginia High School Act One play competition. He also performed in the all-state choir and was named Louisa Idol.

To read the entire story, see the May 9 edition of The Central Virginian.