LETS DO THIS! LETS RAISE A ZILLION DOLLARS FOR HOMELESS YOUNG PEOPLE!
At a moment when it feels at times like the whole world is on fire, I've found it difficult to focus my worry, my empathy, my time, and my privilege. (It's honestly a bit confusing to be a theatremaker while simultaneously watching the country get consumed by fascism, racism, and bigotry! hooray!) But with every passing news cycle, the urgent plight of homeless and runaway young people remains constant. I don't think there's any reason to make sparkly dances if we aren't working together to put that same level of energy, heart, and resources into the power of young people. There are kids coming in from the street just blocks from where we are making big fancy Broadway shows. This isn't new, and it isn't going to be fixed overnight, but I am honored to once again accept Covenant House’s challenge to spend a night sleeping on the street so homeless kids don’t have to.
The Sleep Out is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s an act of solidarity with the 4.2 million young people who experience homelessness each year. It’s a decision that we can’t stay indoors while so many kids remain outside.
SERIOUSLY! COVENANT HOUSE IS THE BEST!
As part of my Sleep Out, I am raising funds and awareness for Covenant House, a shelter for homeless and trafficked youth. Covenant House offers these young people so much more than a safe place to sleep - they welcome each kid with absolute respect and unconditional love, and their continuum of care provides essential services to help kids transition from homelessness to independence.
My limited time with the staff and residents of Covenant House has taught me new things about the great power of empathy, listening, and creating and supporting space for young people to be safe and be heard.
Thank you for your support
NO AMOUNT IS TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL! MAKE IT RAIN!
SAM PINKLETON is a Tony-Nominated Choreographer and Director based in New York City. He's made shows on and off Broadway and across the country. His revival of Runaways - Liz Swados' groundbreaking 1970s musical about runaway youth, seen in 2016 at City Center and 2018 at The Public Theater- steered his path towards Covenant House, for which he is endlessly grateful. He is constantly looking to find and articulate new intersections between making sparkly musicals and social justice.