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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
— Maya Angelou

BackGround and mission

Stories Without Roofs was born from the belief that storytelling is one of our greatest tools for communication and understanding and the knowledge that everyone has a story to tell, as long as there are those ready to hear it.

from page to stage

Stories Without Roofs exists to amplify the voices of people who have been silenced by society. We tell the stories of people experiencing homelessness, as they are related to us firsthand.

We believe that art can heal. We know that the creation of a self narrative is important for identity formation and can be crucial to recovery from traumatic events. Borrowing some theories from Playback Theatre, we think it's important not only for our participants to write and tell their stories, but also to hear and see their stories reflected back to them. 

This is why we take the stories of our participants and perform them on stage

social justice theater

We have faith that art - particularly live performance art -  is a powerful vehicle for social change. We strive to strengthen community bonds by inviting others to bear witness to these stories, to contemplate their implications, and to engage in meaningful dialogue with one another. 

Come see for yourself.






Writing Workshops

At the core of Stories Without Roofs program is the writing workshop. The workshop brings together individuals who self identify as experiencing homelessness.  This may include individuals who are currently without a a permanent home, individuals who continue to receive services as they transition into housing, and many individuals in between. The writing groups run by Stories Without Roofs offer people dealing with homelessness in its various forms an opportunity to give themselves a voice, and to have their voice be heard.

Writing Workshop Goals

A. For each of the participants in the writing program to create a self-narrative, and through writing about their own life experiences, discover things about themselves they may not have known.

B. For each of the participants to feel empowered to re-frame their personal stories.  Sometimes we, as people, may feel "stuck" in a story being told ABOUT us, dictated by past events, relationships or traumas. But it is possible for us to change the way we see ourselves or feel about our circumstances, by reinterpreting our own role in our story. Participants in the SWR writing workshops are encouraged to free themselves from internalized stigma by taking control of their own stories.

C) For the participants, through the sharing of their experiences to form bonds within the group, to know they are not alone in their experiences, feelings, or struggles. 

To request information about bringing the Stories Without Roofs writing workshop to your program use this form.

Participants in a Stories Without Roofs writing workshop


“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
— Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Past Productions


Stories Without Roofs: Writing Home was written in 2014 by a group of women receiving support services from On the Rise, a day program in Cambridge. The show was produced by Ministry of Theater and premiered at the Boston Playwrights' Theatre in Boston, MA December 18-20th 2014. This production was partially funded by our Indiegogo Campaign. For a list of our wonderful funders check out our Donor Wall!  The show received coverage in the Boston Globe, which you can read here

Stories Without Roofs: Transitions was written in 2013 by a group of men living in a sobriety program in Cambridge, MA. The show was produced by Ministry of Theater and was funded in part by generous grants from the Cambrige Arts Council  and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. You can read or listen to our WBUR coverage here

For information on bringing Writing Home, Transitions, or another Stories Without Roofs production to your school, community center, or theater season, contact us

Check back soon for photos from Writing Home, and in the meantime, please take a look at our previous work.  

currently seeking...

We'd be nothing without the help of amazing volunteers year round. They do everything from assisting with writing workshops, typing up hand written stories, assisting participants with editing their pieces and more!

If you'd like to be involved with Stories Without Roofs Writing Workshops send an email and let us know!



From re-mounting past productions in order to spread these stories and forge new community bonds.... bringing our writing workshops into shelters...

.... to taking on the productions of brand new story collections to keep these voices heard

... we always need your help.


Ways to donate

individual donations

Stories Without Roofs is fiscally sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a national 501(c)(3) organization. Because of this, all of your donations to Stories Without Roofs are tax deductible!

Although Writing Home has already hit the stage, we're not done yet! We've had several requests to re-mount this incredible original work, and doing so will require additional funds. Please use the Fractured Atlas link in the upper left corner for ongoing donations to our productions and writing workshops. Watch the video from our original fundraising campaign for more information:



Non cash donations

 The participants of our Writing Workshops will always benefit from donations of pens, blank notebooks, folders, and  gift cards for coffee and snacks.

Check our Amazon Wish List for other items we would use to continue to bring you quality productions!

For more information on how to make a (totally tax deductible!) non-cash donation please submit a donation inquiry


Stories Without Roofs also offers corporate sponsorship opportunities in several forms including receiving products and services. To find out more about how your company can help support the work of Stories Without Roofs please inquire here.