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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 give a voice to those who may at times feel voiceless. We tell the untold stories of homeless men and women, as they are related to us first hand in our writing workshops.

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

Current Production:

Stories Without Roofs: Writing Home

December 18th-21st

Boston Playwrights' Theatre

949 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215


About the show:

This year’s script was written by a group of women currently receiving support services from On the Rise, a day program in Cambridge.

As we worked on their stories and other creative pieces, themes began to emerge organically within the group. Family, identity, trust (or lack thereof), and overcoming life's obstacles and society's stereotypes. The title of the show encourages audience members to consider the often subjective meaning of the word "home." It offers a playful blur between the idea of a home as a physical location (one that you might send a letter to for example, and therefore a place you may leave or even lose), and the concept of home as a feeling and sense of belonging that an individual may create wherever, however they wish.

The show will feature their true and original poetry, songs, essays, monologues and even short videos featuring some of the authors themselves. 

Take a look at our previous work.  

Now Auditioning 

10/11       10/21        10/25

Stories Without Roofs is now auditioning for it 2014 production of Writing Home.

Writing Home is an original work created by homeless and formerly homeless women enrolled in the Stories Without Roofs writing workshops held this year at On The Rise in Cambridge. 

The show, which is comprised of monologues, poetry, songs, and videos, will be performed in December at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

We are currently seeking 5-7 actresses to perform pieces from multiple female authors. The stories vary greatly in tone and length. We are looking for actresses with strong stage presence and wide emotional range to bring these true life stories into the light with compassion, grace, and dignity.

We are looking to create a colorful and diverse ensemble of female performers between the ages of 20-50. 

Strong singing voices preferred. Dance training (modern/hip hop/ballet) preferred but not required.

Please prepare

* a 1-2 minute monologue from a modern play 

*8 bars of a song showcasing your range that you can comfortably sing acapella

Production Company: Ministry of Theater
Organization: Stories Without Roofs
Audition Date & Time: Tuesday October 21st 7pm 10pm & Saturday October 25th 2pm-5pm
Audition Location: Improv Asylum Corporate Offices 215 Hanover Street 3rd floor
Rehearsals: 2-3 days a week starting November 1st. 

Show Dates: December 18th - 22nd, 2014 Playwrights Theatre

An honorarium for performers is offered.  


To secure an audition slot please send a resume and headshot to

currently seeking...

 positions within our theater production

Stories Without Roofs: Writing Home is looking for the following (volunteer) positions to help us bring these stories to the stage!

  • Graphic Designer (posters)
  • Lighting Designer
  • Lighting Board Operator 
  • Ushers
  • Concession Stand Attendant
  • Violinist
  • Drummer

mail with your area of interest as the subject line.

other volunteer OPPORTUNITIES

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 use this form to contact us.


Ways to donate


individual donations

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


non cash donations

Our current theater production, Writing Home, could truly benefit from the following items, whether new or used:

  • BenQ MX620ST Projector
  • Portable Piano Keyboard with Touch Sensitive Keys
  • You can check our Amazon Wish List for other items we would use to make this production our best yet!

Our Writing Program is always in need of pens, notebooks, & gift cards for coffee and snacks.

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.