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Cruzando Fronteras 2012

Last Year, Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras began an international residency project in San Julian, El Salvador, with the goals of training youth in theater techniques and developing an ongoing theater project that reflects the realities and challenges facing the community.

This fall, Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras is going back San Julian to engage further with the community – training a new crop of youth in improvisational theater techniques, creating video of short performances and stories that will be screened for TJSF’s US audience, and gather stories about the effects of immigration on the family and loved ones that immigrants leave behind. Armed with new technology and funding allowing them to further document the process, TJSF artists are making strides in the expansion of their trans-national programming.

Cruzando Fronteras 2011

Hosted by the Comite de Cultura, Arte, y Deporte de San Julian during August of 2011, TJSF, along with Cornerstone members, taught theater skills to a group of 20 youth, worked with them to adapt a script they had written, Sueno Inconcluso/Unfinished Dream, and organized a performance for the community.  The impact of migration on this small town, where one in five people migrate to the US, is seen through the eyes of those most affected, the young people, as they turn their lives into theater.

TJSF hopes Cruzando Fronteras/Crossing Borders will help develop cultural infrastructure in an area that is still rebuilding after a devastating civil war and will help build bridges between distant communities that share members’ goals and dreams, as well as to create awareness of the problems that come with migration (or immigration) and its potentially devastating consequences.

This project is made possible by support from the National Alliance of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) and the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.