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After 4 wonderful performances, the stories of actual South Asian refugees were shared with audiences all over Portland. Our last performance also included the unveiling of Crossing East Archive of AAPI oral histories and interviews.

More information at http://crossingeast.org/

This program is made possible in part by PGE Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission and Multnomah County Cultural Coalition through the Oregon Cultural Trust.




I received a grant for the Theatre Communication Group's Rising Leaders of Color Program! In 2017, RLC will form a cohort of exceptionally talented early-career leaders of color from Oregon who are advancing their careers in the U.S. not-for-profit theatre and related sectors, and who demonstrate the potential to impact the field in a positive way. Activities will span from June 2017 through May 2018. The cohort will be highlighted as part of Spotlight On activities at the Conference, including being integrated into Conference programming, appearing in a Spotlight On video that will be shown at the Conference, and inclusion in a Spotlight On brochure that will be distributed to all Conference attendees. TCG will provide the following to RLC participants from Oregon:

Professional development workshops and networking opportunities

Access to veteran leaders in the field

Access to a national network of peers

One-on-One career counseling with TCG staff

1-year complimentary subscription to American Theatre magazine (print and online)

1-year complimentary subscription to Art Search

RLC Toolkit, including publications and resource materials

All RLC participants will receive a full registration scholarship to attend the 2017 TCG National Conference in Portland, OR.




MediaRites originally recorded oral history interviews more than 10 years ago with 15 former refugees from Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Mien and Hmong communities who arrived in Portland in the 80s and 90s, as part of the "Crossing East" Asian American documentary series. "Crossing East"—a Peabody-Award-winning radio documentary series that ran on 230 NPR stations—turns 10 in 2016-2017. To commemorate that legacy, MediaRites is excited to breathe new life into these recordings, connecting contemporary audiences with refugee stories that are still rarely heard today.


"Refugee Dreams Revisited" will be showcased in a series of free staged readings directed by professional directors Samson Syharath and Lidet Vivarong. Each public performance will be accompanied with a post-show panel discussion with the original interviewees such as Kilong Ung, Lee Po Cha and Sokhaum Touch to name a few of the community leader elders. We plan this as a youth training project with performances on May 21, June 11, 17, and 24th in partnership with IRCO's Asian Family Center and Multnomah County Library where all rehearsals and performances will take place.


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