Join us!

Be the Street is excited to start up with new workshop series soon! Come join us at one of our locations — Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, Hilltop YMCA, and Dedicated Senior Medical.

Charla Comunitaria Sobre Vivir en Hilltop/Westside

Do you have something to say about living in Hilltop/Westside Columbus? Join Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in partnership with Ohio State University’s “Be the Street” team as we share and listen to stories about belonging, pride, and making a positive difference in the community. The event takes place this Friday, November 1 from 1:00-2:30 PM. Contact us at 614-274-0109 for more information.

Story Circles Bilingües @ Third Way Cafe!!!

Join us at Third Way Café for a Story Circle and Community Discussion about the Hilltop!

Thursday October, 24th 7:00-8:30pm


Do you have something to say about living in the Hilltop or just like sharing stories?

Be the Street is a community-engaged performance project that makes original performances with folks in the Hilltop. We’re holding story circles to share and listen to stories about belonging, pride, and what you wish people payed more attention to in your communities.

These circles and conversations will help determine the topic of our spring performances.

Come join us! We’ll have some food, conversation, and a lot of stories!

All ages, identities, and abilities welcome!

Event RSVP Here


¡Únase a nosotros en Third Way Café para un círculo de historias y una discusión comunitaria sobre Hilltop!

Jueves 24 de octubre 7:00-8:30pm


¿Tienes algo que decir sobre vivir en Hilltop o simplemente quieres compartir historias? Be the Street es un proyecto de actuación comprometido con la comunidad que realiza performances originales con personas en Hilltop. Estamos organizando círculos de historias para compartir y escuchar historias sobre pertenencia, orgullo y sobre lo que desea que la gente preste más atención en sus comunidades. Estos círculos y conversaciones ayudarán a determinar el tema de nuestras performances de primavera.

¡Ven y únete a nosotros! ¡Tendremos algo de comida, conversación y muchas historias!

¡Gente con todas las edades, identidades y habilidades son bienvenidas!

Event RSVP Here


Goose on the Loose Improvisation/Storytelling Festival October 12 & 13

Hi Be the Street Friends! I wanted to personally invite you to these free workshops on improv and storytelling! I’m helping teach both days along with an improv troupe from Chicago and a professional storyteller. It would be amazing to see some of you there  This event is not hosted by Be the Street, but has overlapping goals and I wanted to make sure folks who might be interested knew about it.  

Here’s a facebook link and how to register:

More schedule information is below.

Saturday, lunch is included! I hope to see some of our participants there.

— Moriah

Columbus Unscripted Sassy Do Improv and The Wild Goose Creative in partnership with The United Way and guest artists from Chicago and Kansas City will conduct workshops and performance sessions for community residents to learn creative communication skills using the forms of improv and storytelling during the inaugural Goose on the Loose: When Comedy and Community Collide.

FREE EVENT—registration required through EVENTBRITE (see below)

About this Event:

Saturday, October 12th: Reeb Center 9:45AM – 2:00PM
FREE to the public; Limited Registrations available

9:45AM-10:15AM: Welcome participants, check in

10:15AM-12:15PM: Hitch*Cocktails Improv class
Join in a celebration and discovery of what it means to discover, create and play through the tools of improvisation! Comedy and community collide when we use improvisational games to connect with others, build story and experience co-creation! Join us in a safe space to build together!

12:15-12:45PM :Lunch to be provided by United Way

12:45-2:00 PM: Show co-created with instructors and community members,
A free offering for our community, please join your friends and neighbors for a showcase when comedy and community collide! Experience improvisation, story, laughter and fun as workshop participants share their experiences with you!

Sunday, October 13th: Reeb Center, 12:00-4:30 PM
FREE to the public; Limited Registrations available

12:30-1:00 PM: Welcome participants, check in, Jamie Arrives

1:00-3:00 PM: Jamie Campbell leads workshop –
Funny Story – Everyone has a story to tell – some of us just need a little help finding it. This workshop focuses on those moments in our lives that may not have been funny at the time, but with a little distance have become something we can laugh at. Award-winning comedian Jamie Campbell will guide participants through improv and writing exercises to find those true stories and craft them into a performance that allows them to connect with an audience and laugh at life.

3:00-4:00PM: Jamie Campbell leads co-created story show

Check out Goose on the Loose Eventbrite for additional festival events, October 10-13, held at Wild Goose Creative.

Devising Performance with a Community-in-Flux

By Nicholas Shannon Savard | April 18, 2019

In my time working with Be the Street at the Hilltop Library, I’ve gotten to know dozens of brilliant, generous, funny, creative, and courageous young people. Together we’ve told stories, built community, played countless theatre games, and have had a wonderful time doing it. That being said, devising performance with teenagers carries some unique challenges. Devising performance with teenagers in a public library without the structure of after-school-style programming adds a few extra layers to those challenges.

Many of the obstacles we faced to developing our ensemble were due to a combination of the age of our participants and the nature of the public library as a community space. Because many teens only come to the library when there is a specific gathering (often Dungeons and Dragons-related), most are not there every day, or alternatively, their attention is divided between potential activities. For the first six weeks of the project we had one or two consistent participants while the rest of the group consisted of teens just so happened to be in the library on a Friday afternoon. Since kids are often not in charge of their own schedules, many could not guarantee whether they would be able to return the following week. Getting grounded at home could mean that they would no longer be able to come to the library after school; getting a phone taken away would mean that they could not contact us, nor could we remind them about upcoming workshops. For minors we needed signed permission slips from parents for general participation in the program, compensation, photo releases, and transportation to and from the actual public performance. As the teens are often at the library before we arrive and waiting for a ride home after we leave, each of those permission slips had to complete the journey from the workshop to their homes to their parents to school and back to the following week’s workshop.

With guidance from the Albany Park Theatre Project, the Be the Street Library team was eventually able to craft a workshop structure and final performance piece that could work with rather than against our community-in-flux. One of the things we did in workshops after the first few weeks was to create a consistent routine. We began every rehearsal with the same check-in (Bam-Pow!) and played a focusing game which emphasized group listening. At the end of the story-gathering or skill-building portion of our workshop the group would stand in a circle and together put our “best foot forward” to move into the rest of our week.

Having familiar activities allowed teens to step back into the workshop space even if they had missed the previous week. The ensemble members who could attend consistently quickly stepped into leadership roles, volunteering to explain our activities to newcomers.

Traditionally, theatrical performance relies on an extensive rehearsal period with the same group of people telling a single narrative. Early on in the process we knew that we would need to take an alternate approach. Our strategy was to use a performance structure that highlighted each individual’s story and allowed for a flexible way to show the ensemble-based nature of our project. It had to provide an opportunity to work as a group but not rely solely on any one person.

The final performance was assembled from a combination of poetry and stories told in previous workshops. Each performer had an opportunity to tell their own story about a time that they stood up for something they believed in or a time that they felt truly accepted (themes that emerged from earlier workshops). The rest of the group worked together to create frozen images, or tableaux, to support the storyteller’s narrative. Participants wrote their own individual poems inspired by the prompt: “What ingredients would make up a recipe for you?” and the ensemble cut up and rearranged all of the lines into a single poem that served as the through-line for the whole piece. Although some of the original authors were not able to be part of the community sharing, the teens who assembled the poem decided to include lines that resonated with them and were excited to speak the words their friends had written on stage. Ultimately, the community of teenagers represented in the Hilltop Library group’s “A Cookbook for Us” extended far beyond the seven artists who the audience got to see.


Check out more of facilitator Nicholas Shannon Savard’s blog entries about Be the Street here

Public Sharing April 13th

Announcing our April 13th public sharing of work!

Please follow this link to reserve your seat:

Performances Made in the Hilltop/ Performances Hechas en Hilltop


THE STEAM FACTORY — 400 W. Rich St., Columbus, OH 43215

April/Abril 13 4:00PM – 6:00 PM

Accessible for differing abilities, refreshments following performances, free parking, free to the public