Latino Immigrants Use Theater to Heal from Trauma

Oct. 14, 2014 / By

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.

More on the group here, visit Cornerstone Theater’s website.

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Michael Lozano

Michael Lozano

Michael is a 29-year-old journalist born to Mexican parents who started their own Domestic Violence counseling center in Southeast Los Angeles. As a college student, Michael was very active in campus affairs and graduated from CSULB in 2011 with research honors in Sociology and a Journalism minor. His articles have been syndicated at national sites including Mother Jones, New America Media, and ImpreMedia, the nation’s largest Spanish-language news publisher.