MULTI - people project (Multicultural Union of Language, Theatre, and Identity) was an applied theatre project which explored cultural identity, language, and cross-cultural communication. We were a culturally diverse group of English as a Second Language (ESL) adult learners creating an original theatre production to share with others our stories about what it is like to be an immigrant, what it feels like to go through the process of integration to a new culture and what it means to carry the former culture with us.
Garret, John, and Pavla were Masters students from the Applied Theatre program at the City University of New York. They used theatre as a means for exploration and communication and for social and educational purposes. Their creative process (= devising or play-building) was as equally important as the product - the theatre performance.
|Poster by P. Bourgogne|
|Photo: Jacques Torchon Jr.|
|Photo: William Bourassa Jr.|
|Colours of Mexico|
|Food is the best community bonding and community development tool|
- Worked with Mexican immigrant women group in Sunset Park neighbourhood in Brooklyn.
- Through theatre games and strategies, we collectively identified issues that they are interested in, they want to communicate to others, and feel passionate about.
- Together with my colleagues Garret Scally, Kelli Bragdon, and John Creecy, we explored the place and function of theatre arts in community development.
- As a collective, we devised El Museo Vivo presentation to showcase the group’s achievements in their community.
|View of Manhattan from Sunset Park neighbourhood in Brooklyn|