My Home- Fall 2006
In conjunction with Since Africa, we outreached to San Diego’s newest refugee and immigrant youth, to engage them in a seven-week, after-school theatre and literacy program that helps them discover how to use words as tools of self-expression. Through workshops with professional teaching mentors, the students explored the script of Since Africa and other texts, and expanded their writing skills by developing their own personal monologues and scenes on the topic of “my home.” Throughout their program, the students interacted with the director, actors, designers and crew of Since Africa, observing rehearsals, and learning about the process of making theatre from start to finish. Since Africa opened in the sixth week of their education program, and in their seventh week, the students’ work culminated with their own public performance. They performed their own stories, in their own voices, in a professional setting for an audience that included their families, their peers, and the greater San Diego community. In this way, the students were exposed to theatre, their reading and writing skills improved, and their self-esteem grew as they were given the opportunity to share their words, their perspectives, and their homes with the audience.
This project was supported in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.
Since Africa post show discussions featuring Alephonsion Awer Deng and Judy Bernstein, co-authors of They Poured Fire On Us From The Sky.
October 19, 2006
October 20, 2006
October 25, 2006
March 27, 2006 – following reading of The Adoption Project: TRIAD- Directors Kimber Lee and Seema Sueko