For eighteen months, participants who have experienced homelessness met weekly to create this stage and film documentary about life on the street, written by and featuring those who've lived  it.    

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

Director Steve Umberger   
Film by Steve Umberger & Jay Thomas
Music Fred Story  Associate Director Mark Sutton
Cast: Scott Anderson, Belinda Hunter, Paul Lessard, Hilda Mojica, Mary Subach, Christina C. Williams

The 2019 event consisted of the documentary-in-progress followed by a live performance with the participants.  

TalkBacks with County Commissioners Pat Cotham, Mark Jerrell, and Men's Shelter Director Liz Clasen-Kelly

 "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 Call Me By My Name, they have the best insight into solutions."  
Kelly McRell, FUMC staff member 

"The experience has been profoundly positive - one that has cultivated growth socially, creatively and consciously." 
Pitkin, QC Nerve (feature)

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Program development made possible by a Vitality Grant, a Justice and Reconciliation Grant of the United Methodist Church, the financial support of First United Methodist Church, and donations from the general public. Call Me By My Name is a collaboration between First United Methodist Church and The Playworks Group.

Call Me By My Name grew out of StreetsmARTs, a program of First United Methodist Church, a 501(c)(3) non profit organization (Val Rosenquist, Senior Pastor). The goal is to develop and expand StreetsmARTs. Donations are welcome at FUMC, 501 N. Tryon St., Charlotte NC, or online at (StreetsmARTs option).

More information

See press on Call Me By My Name
QC Nerve             Observer 

Downloadable resources
Call Me By My Name program 2019

See more comments about StreetsmARTs

StreetsmARTs Theatre Leadership

Basic facts about homelessness in the U.S. and N.C.

Homelessness resources
National    State    Charlotte

Website for Urban Ministry Center

Photography: William Guerrant, Jay Thomas

Two years after starting the project, work continues in final 2020 phases with the cast around the table and in work-in-progress documentary screenings.