Syrian Refugee Theatre Project

Festival: Category(s):

Join our Team!

About the Project:

Essential Theatre is beginning Phase 1 of a project on the subject of Syrian refugees, and we are looking for team members!
Thanks to support from Turner Voices, between now and the end of June 2018, we will be building relationships with and gathering the stories, insights and perspectives of Syrian refugees and their families from around metro-Atlanta through one-on-one interviews, story circles and community activities. We are interested in meeting any and all Syrian refugees, including those who came to Georgia by way of other countries first, those who have been here for years, and relatively new arrivals.
This phase of our larger Syrian Refugee Theatre Project will culminate in a multi-day intensive workshop retreat and a public presentation during the week of June 20 (World Refugee Day)

About Us:

Essential Theatre is the only theatre company exclusively dedicated to producing work by Georgia playwrights. We’ve been around for decades and are most well known for our annual play festival: this summer will be our 20th, in fact!
As for the “we” referenced in the project description: Essential is the umbrella organization,  Jennifer Kimball is the project coordinator, and we are in the process of collecting team members for this project right now. That’s why we’re reaching out to you, in fact: we will need people willing to share their stories, of course, but we are also looking for story collectors/interviewers, story sorters, translators and artists and writers willing to put together the public performance at the end. Training and support will be provided each step of the way, but we want to make sure we have all the project’s stakeholders represented in our creative team, not just Essential Theatre.

Our Ask(s):

  • We are looking for guest speakers for a knowledge/context sharing speaker series in May. This speaker series will be free, accessible and open to the public. If you’re interested in attending the series or being a guest speaker, contact us today!
  • We are looking for story sharers, story collectors, translators, musicians and other artists in the coming months. If you are interested in any of these roles, email Jennifer to start a conversation.
  • If you are a refugee or refugee service community member, we are interested in finding ways we can work together deeply and meaningfully, and not just create a theatre project. If there’s a way that our project can forward your goals, we are interested in finding out.


Upcoming/Of Interest:

  • Stay tuned!

Past SRTP (and related) events:

  • April 12 SRTP community information meeting
  • Thursday, May 3, 2018 (5:30-7:30pm)Dialogue Across Differences workshop
    In this introductory, experiential workshop, Alexandria Tesfaye Harris and McKenzie Wren will show you how to improve your listening skills and ask powerful questions to help create courageous conversations. This workshop is not a part of the Syrian Refugee Theatre Project, but it exemplifies the practices we seek to embody, in this and all Essential Voices projects. Cost: $15
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 (8-10am)Tapestri Mother’s Day Baby Shower
    This is a great opportunity to meet some of Tapestri’s staff, learn more about anti-human trafficking and domestic violence programs in Atlanta, and shower Tapestri’s clients – immigrant and refugee survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking – with love for their little ones. This event is not a part of the Syrian Refugee Theatre Project. Free to attend, donations for mothers gladly accepted.
  • Saturday, May 12, 2018 (2-5pm) – Sixth Annual Clarkston Tell Me A Story! Festival at the Clarkston Community Center
    Bring your family for a free afternoon of stories from around the world, language and art activities, fun ideas for healthy eating, and more. While supplies last, each family in attendance will receive a shopping bag like the one shown here, plus there will be free book giveaways, valuable door prizes, and even a visit from The Cat in The Hat! This event is not a part of the Syrian Refugee Theatre Project. Free Admission

This project made possible thanks to support from