Why We Exist
As a young man Mike found himself in an impossible position. It wasn’t his cerebral palsy making his life so hard, it was the terrible abusive relationship he’d found himself in with a High School friend. Isolated and afraid, every day life was scary. Mike escaped, but the isolation followed him. After a dark year shuttered away from the rest of the city Mike discovered a community waiting to embrace him. It was a new found passion for performing that finally brought Mike out of his darkness, and joining Inside Out gave him entry into Calgary’s rich, accepting, and entertaining theatre community.
This was decades ago, and Mike is now a fixture at Inside Out and one of Calgary’s most dedicated theatre fans. The chance to act, to play on stage gave Mike the confidence and support to live life fully.
Not everyone of our participants brings with them the trauma that Mike does, but every participant is looking for a place to belong, and Inside Out is here to be that place for them.