Devising Hope is a weekly theatre workshop in which Street Sense artists join high school students to exchange stories of their lives, engage in theatrical exercises and improvisations and discuss over-arching themes of student-written and classical plays, such as love, family, grief, and personhood. The discussions in the workshop are then transformed, through cooperative artistic development, into scenes and monologues performed for the public at the end of each 10-week cycle.
The resulting theater production provides creative and dramatic ways to engage the wider community, not only on the topic of homelessness, but of universal human struggles and experiences.
Elizabeth Kitsos-Kang works as a local professional actress, director, scriptwriter and part time Theatre Professor at George Washington University. She is a founding member and the Managing Director Emeritus of Educational Theatre Company (ETC), an Arlington-based non-profit outreach theatre company. Using theatre as a tool for educating, Elizabeth has helped people create and perform scenes that touch upon important diversity issues including homophobia, racism and other forms of bigotry.