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I AM YOU monologues 2008

In November 2008 Stone Belt, in partnership with the Bloomington Playwrights Project, presented the first season of its “I AM YOU,” monologues written and performed by individuals with disabilities.

I AM YOU provides individuals with disabilities with the opportunity to share their stories and showcase their talents. Participation in a professional theatre production is an exciting chance to demonstrate to the community that all individuals have impactful stories to share, and that all people have artistic skills, dreams and aspirations. Client performers and directors spent 15 weeks working together to craft their monologues and work on the dramatics.

The evening will feature monologues written over the course of the past year by nine Stone Belt clients under the supervision of Michelle Davenport, an IU Senior who has volunteered many hours creating and preparing this project. The monologues are written in a variety of formats; one is a song, another is a letter and others biographical stories about their lives.

Leslie Green, Stone Belt CEO explains, “Theater is such a powerful form of expression for our clients. This wonderful outlet is helping our clients see past their disabilities and embrace their abilities. This performance also gives the community insight into individuals with disabilities’ thoughts, hopes and dreams and allows them to see what we see every day at Stone Belt.”

Stone Belt is a not-for-profit organization that provides education and support for individuals with disabilities. Established in 1958, we are the oldest and largest agency of our kind in south central Indiana. We offer educational, residential, employment support and clinical and health services for over 1,300 clients in Monroe, Lawrence, Owen, Bartholomew, and surrounding counties. It is our mission, in partnership with the community, to prepare, empower and support persons with developmental disabilities and their families to participate fully in the life of the community. 

To watch the videos in High Definition, click here.


Shirley Freeman 2008 I AM YOU performance from Stone Belt on Vimeo.