This project report documents the most recent play-turned-podcast in a multi-year partnership between the Orpheum Theatre Group and the Refugee Empowerment Program in Memphis, TN. Youth from the program have been engaging in From Where I Stand, a theatrical storytelling program that weaves first-person narratives into theatrical performances that are presented for the community. While our third performance entitled, Refugee Portraits, was postponed due to the pandemic, it was given new life in the form of a podcast. This report will explore the process of creating the live theatrical performance, pivoting that performance to a podcast, and reflect on how we can harness the power of storytelling and community-based theatre as a model for youth empowerment and liberatory education.
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St. John, Taylor
"Taking Youth Voices Seriously: Theatre, Storytelling, and Empowerment with Refugee Youth in Memphis, TN,"
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 6, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/ptoj/vol6/iss1/2