The brain-child of the Theatre Lab Dramatic School of the Arts, and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, “Life Stories” offers the women of N Street—as well as incarcerated youth, seniors in assisted living facilities, immigrant teens, and others who lack a voice in our society—professional level theatre training and the chance to make art from their real-life experiences. Over the past 15 years, Life Stories has helped give voice to more than 2,400 individuals. Since 2007, Theatre Lab teacher Thomas Workman has collaborated with 30 N Street women annually, creating pieces that grapple with their fractured histories as a mechanism through which to achieve catharsis. More about can be found at:
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Can telling your story save your life? HOW I GOT OVER follows 15 formerly homeless women as they craft an original play, based on their harrowing true-life stories, to be performed one-night-only at The Kennedy Center. The women of N Street Village - a community for addiction recovery - have never performed on stage in their lives. Yet, guided by teachers from the Theater Lab School of the Dramatic Arts, they discover their untapped artistic talents and reckon with their traumatic histories. Courage is found; a leap of faith is taken. Sharing their pasts to release the potential in their futures, these 15 emboldened women take the stage in front of a packed house, illuminating the transformative power of arts education.
Located in Washington, DC, N-Street Village serves nearly 1,400 formerly homeless and/or incarcerated women a year, employing a holistic approach to empower each woman toward self-sufficiency. More info can be found at: http://www.nstreetvillage.org/about/