5:30 PM — 9:00 PM
McNichols Civic Center Building
144 W Colfax Ave

Denver, 80202
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Shared Stories of Homelessness and Tenant Rights


Sheltered is a Cultural Conversation Event presented by Athena Project –– an uplifting night of real-life stories and ideas about the circumstances that lead women and their families to experience homelessness.

Tickets just $10 (+10% Denver FDA Tax)

(all proceeds benefit the amazing work of Planned Parenthood and Athena Project – so don’t hold back!)

Athena and her partners want to ignite engagement and build a groundswell of community awareness to better address housing and homelessness in Colorado –– and we can’t wait to welcome YOU to the conversation. Click in the box below to get your tickets now!

Here’s what we have planned for you (and yes, there will be refreshments!):

  • FIRST …A powerful story shared by someone who has personally experienced homelessness – from the Storytellers Network of Close to Home.
  • NEXT …A staged reading of Sheltered, a deeply affecting play by Colorado’s Catherine Wiley, directed by Kate Folkins, which gives voice to the complex stories of homeless women at a temporary shelter in Denver. Martha volunteers so she can search for her mother, Helen, who has drifted in and out of addiction and homelessness for much of Martha’s life. Cassie and Tiffany help Martha reconnect with her mother, and together they try to unravel the origins of their situation, and share their feelings about living on the receiving end of charity, as well as their hopes for the future.
  • AND THEN … Dr. Esther Sullivan, Assistant Professor at CU Denver and author on the challenges surrounding Tenant Rights, opens the floor and leads our conversation. With tenant eviction being a leading cause of homelessness, we’ll explore how tonight’s stories affected us, and share our own experiences and ideas, to help grow a movement of awareness and further action against homelessness in Colorado.
  • FINALLY …Everyone goes home with a piece of cake and a party bag. (Just kidding – but that would be sooo cool, right?!)
Esther Sullivan

Dr. Esther Sullivan

Esther Sullivan is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, Denver. Her research focuses on poverty, spatial inequality, and housing, with a special interest in both forced and voluntary residential mobility.

Cate Wiley

Catherine Wiley

Catherine Wiley’s plays have been seen in Denver and Omaha, at the Great Plains Theatre Conference, Athena Project Plays In Progress Series, the Tennyson Play Crawl, and other venues. She studied community-based theater at Cornerstone in Los Angeles in 2008, working on the production of At-Traction in the Los Angeles Arts District. She teaches American and British Drama and women writers in the English Department at the University of Colorado Denver.

Cast List:

  • Tiffany: Ghandia Onique-Bundi Johnson
  • Helen: Tracy Shaffer
  • Martha: Kelly Uhlenhopp
  • Cassie: Karen Slack
  • Ensemble:
    • Ilasiea Gray
    • Miriam Suzanne
    • Julie Rada
    • Shyla Kyser
  • Stage Directions: Joi Hiatt

Special thanks to Lisa Weinberg, Laurie Heyden, The Women’s Commission, Bettina Mueller-Tuescher, Shanna Shelby, and Hannah Forward.

Click below for your tickets – and see you there!


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June 30, 2018
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Category:
Athena Project