On October 7th, 2011 Professor Manon van de Water and I boarded a plane headed for Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport in preparation for a two-week master class with group of Russian orphans in the industrial city of Ростов-на-Дону (Rostov-on-Don). At least, that was our plan when we started the twenty-four hour journey from Madison to Rostov-on-Don. In reality, the conditions of our work would be much different than expected, but the experiences of our 12 days in Ростов-на-Дону would transform my understanding and appreciation of the challenges and, more importantly, the rewards of drama in schools.