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Saturday, June 15 • 9:00am - 10:30am
A Couch is Not a Home – The Lighthouse Project LIMITED

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Program Description: Join us as we shift our perceptions of homelessness with the use of film, musicality and movement, while discussing how we can unite commonly separated groups without the erasure of identity.  

Abstract: ‘A Couch is Not a Home: the Lighthouse Project’ is a workshop designed to challenge how our definition of “home” is in contrast and connection to community. The workshop is a continuation of a collaborative production between Coastal Carolina University students and clients of Project Lighthouse, a haven for homeless youth in Myrtle Beach, SC. Through workshops between these two communities, stories and experiences lit the way into a re-envisioning of societal structures that perpetuate homelessness in order to include their community in critical civic engagement. The project worked to challenge the status quo through various theatrically devised vignettes that examined their perception of homelessness. Using various applied theatre techniques, these two groups confronted their differing levels of privilege while creating an open dialogue about homelessness. As bell hooks states in Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, “Creating trust usually means finding out what it is we have in common as well as what separates us and makes us different. Lots of people fear encountering difference because they think that honestly naming it will lead to conflict. The truth is our denial of the reality of difference has created ongoing conflict for everyone.” Ultimately, they created a new community that transcends class and celebrates differences. This workshop will use that process as a platform to continue to destigmatize the taboo of homelessness. Through the universality of storytelling, movement and music we will confront the fundamental right to shelter. ‘A Couch is Not a Home’ asks what is home and who can have it. 

Challenging Questions
1. How can people unite across differences, without erasing difference, to build stronger movements for collective liberation?
2. How can we shift the perception of and inclusion of homeless populations, without further destigmatizing these communities?
3. How does capitalism perpetuate homelessness upon those without privilege and then how do those communities reclaim homelessness? How do we decriminalize homelessness and explore the idea that a “home” is more than just four walls and a couch?

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Amanda Masterpaul

Teaching Associate, Coastal Carolina University
Amanda Masterpaul is a Teaching Associate with the Theatre Department, specializing in Applied Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed practices in addition to teaching Women's and Gender Studies classes at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC. She came to the PTO conference for... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA