There are many conventional ways to treat trauma in the United States, counseling and prescriptions among them. But what about theater and the arts?
Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (Day Laborer Theater Without Borders) is one group using the arts as so. Lorena Moran, a Long Beach resident, is the director of the theater group, whose immigrant members tend to be older adults.
The theater troupe performs wherever day laborers gather to tell their stories of migration and labor abuse that they can relate to. Recently, VoiceWaves was on hand to capture the group’s performance in downtown Long Beach.
Michael is an editor and multimedia journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. His mentorship has provided youth opportunities to share their stories online on NPR, KCET, the Long Beach Post, and other national websites. His articles have been syndicated and translated into multiple languages via New America Media and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher. He was a fellow with UCLA's Laboratory for Environmental Narrative Strategies, and has recently been a Votebeat Reporter for CalMatters and the Long Beach Post. Michael graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor. Follow his work @chicanochico on Twitter and @thechicanochicoreport on Instagram.