Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras
About the Programmer
Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Day Labor Theater Without Borders - TJSF) is a Los Angeles-based ensemble theater group comprised of day laborers.
Its mission is to improve the lives of day laborers everywhere through the creation of plays by and for the day labor community, over 25,000 strong in the LA area. Responding to an often degrading and hostile work environment and an increasingly anti-immigrant climate nationally, the troupe uses theater, music and dialogue to educate immigrant workers about their rights; inspire day laborers to use theater as a tool for change-making; empower the community by reflecting their stories in their own voices; and humanize the immigration debate for the community at large. TJSF primarily performs its plays at sites where day laborers gather, mainly the 14 day labor centers supported by the City of Los Angeles. During the last year, Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras has expanded its work to both Northern California and El Salvador, and believes society can flourish when its members know and respect one another.
About the Program
Staged in different locations around Echo Park Lake, Agua, La Vida (Water, Life) is a series of monologues, scenes, poetry and music developed through story circles and performance workshop meriendas of fresh fruit and aguas frescas (fresh fruit juice) to share a public event in process and raise awareness and a collective consciousnes around water usage, not only within families who share homes but also with laborers, cooks, hotel workers,and carwash workers in order to enable these workers to develop and act from that relationship to water.