The heartbeat of The Shelter is our weekly Shelter Sunday workshop, where writers, directors, and actors challenge themselves to refine their respective crafts through hard work, creative exercise, experimentation and artistic discourse.
If you’re an artist, Shelter Sunday is your gym. It’s your community, your safe place to refine your craft and experiment with your art. It’s also your chance to get feedback on what’s working and what can be improved, or to get answers to specific questions you may have about your work. Everyone who attends leaves their ego at the door. All feedback is moderated by one of our Co-Artistic Directors, and all feedback is constructive. We don’t restrict the type of work you can bring, but we request that you limit it to 10 minutes (or 10 pages, if you’re a writer). Examples of typical activities: reading of original scripts, monologues, songs, scenes from plays, as well as acting and directing exercises.
Shelter Sunday also operates with an open-door policy: we welcome any artist who would like to attend. No need to RSVP. If you’re bringing work, show up early and get your name on the sign-up sheet (first come, first serve). Shelter Sunday is absolutely free. We do encourage donations to help cover the cost of the space, but we understand that being an artist is tough (we’re all artists). We believe that you are more important that your money, and we believe that artists and community come first.