With help from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), we have been able to give local youth, from Washington Heights/Inwood, and Kingsbridge in the Bronx, an opportunity to create interactive theater reflecting their own lives.
With all the participants, teacher, and apprentice being immigrants, and some affected by DACA, we have created a program to help build trust between community and government by amplifying shared experiences and stories.
Because of this collaboration, we were invited to perform our dress rehearsal at City Hall, in front of the Deputy Mayor, and Commissioners for NYC Cultural Affairs and Immigrant Affairs. The crew did such an amazing job, it seemed like no one wanted to leave the place afterwards. The participants shared stories with the audience, and vice versa, after the play was done.
We deal with real issues, those that affect not only our participants, but the community in which we live in, and beyond. The participants at Teatro Inmigrante are working on various plays about immigration. One is about being a new student in High school, as an immigrant, and dealing with poor treatment from students and faculty. Another about how it felt to be an immigrant during the 2016 elections in the USA. These are the kinds of plays they write themselves. As students, our participants know what matters to them, and they choose what will be written, acted, and talked about. We hope that this helps continue, and expand the conversation around how immigration affects our youth in every aspect of their lives.