Y-Haven Theatre Project
The Y-Haven Theatre Project partners CPT Teaching Artists with residents of Y-Haven, the Cleveland YMCA's transitional home and comprehensive treatment center for formerly homeless men in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Since 1998, CPT and Y-Haven have annually collaborated to create an original theatre production, performed by the residents and based on their personal experiences. Every year, the original work is presented to enthusiastic full houses at CPT, and is toured to Cleveland area homeless shelters, recovery centers, and college campuses. The Y-Haven Theatre Project supports newly learned skills for sober and independent living and honors the unique and important perspective men in recovery bring to the Cleveland community.
CPT artist instructors collect a series of quotes from patricipant's journals that anecdotally measure the impact of the program on the men:
"[My participation in the program] allowed me to overcome my fear of other people knowing about my disease. I'm more comfortable talking about my disease in a positive way with potential employers. The most valuable thing I received was realization that I need to carefully choose who to be around and those I don't need to be around because of their negativity and caustic behavior."
"[The most meaningful aspect of the program] To take a chance on doing something I knew nothing about, facing a fear of speaking in front of a crowd, being able to work with a group of guys with different personalities, and getting things done properly."
"The most meaningful aspect was being able to give something positive back to the community. [It was] seeing the kids who seemed to be truly positively affected by the play."
For more information on the The Y-Haven Project, please contact Chris Seibert, Education Director at 216.631.2727 x 201 or via email at email@example.com.