Call Me By My Name

Call Me By My Name
A stage and film documentary with and about the homeless community

Director Steve Umberger   Film Jay Thomas, Steve Umberger
Music Fred Story   Lighting Eric Winkenwerder   Assistant Stage Director Mark Sutton  
Cast Belinda Hunter, Hilda Mojica, Paul Lessard, Mary Subach, Christina C. Williams

For eighteen months, participants who have experienced homelessness met weekly to tell their stories and to create this stage-and-film documentary. The resulting performance combines live theatre and documentary work, as well as still photography by the participants, and is an unusual and authentic look at life on the street with those who have lived  it.    


The first act is a documentary film about the project. The second act is a live presentation by the participants.
Optional TalkBack following  

Thanks to everyone for the full houses and great response to the recent event. The film (50 min) will be available for screening soon, with or without the live presentation (40 min). For more, email 

"When looking at the issue of poverty, it is easy to dehumanize the voices of those walking that very experience. But as we see in StreetsmARTs, they have the best insight into solutions."  Kelly McRell

"Money and riches do not bring happiness. The land provides everything you need. There are alternative ways to live."  StreetsmARTs cast member Hilda Mojica 

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Photography: William Guerrant


Program development made possible by a Vitality Grant, a Justice and Reconciliation Grant of the Metro District of the United Methodist Church, the financial support of First United Methodist Church, and donations from the general public.  

StreetsmARts is a program of First United Methodist Church, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization (Val Rosenquist, Senior Pastor). The goal is to standardize the StreetsmARTs arts program on an annual basis. Donations are welcome at FUMC, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte NC, or at (for StreetsmARTs).
The StreetsmARTs Theatre/Film components are a collaboration between The Playworks Group and First United Methodist Church.