¡Óyeme!


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¡Óyeme! is a collaborative project that responds to the surge of refugee children fleeing violence from Central America who have arrived in Montgomery County. Many of the children have experienced horrific circumstances in their country of origin as well as in the migration here. Our Project partners include Imagination Stage, The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Councilmember Nancy Navarro, and the Department of Health and Human Service’s Street Outreach Network (SON).

¡Óyeme! strives to provide a creative arts outlet for young people, utilizing best practice culturally-based, trauma-informed theatre and arts activities to create a sense of community among the participants, and provide a safe space for immigrant youth to share their stories. Our hope is that as a result of our efforts not only will the children feel welcomed, but they can begin the healing process that will allow them to assimilate into their new community. There is no better way to connect to another human being than through the arts.

Our Education Team is working with youth in partnership with Street Outreach Network (Montgomery County Health and Human Services) and Gaithersburg High School ESL classes.

Based on the experiences of the young people in the Óyeme workshops, Imagination Stage commissioned a play to build empathy and understanding in the community. 

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Written by Miriam Gonzales
Directed by Elena Velasco

Tour dates: March 6, 2017-April 6, 2017

Laura and Valentina are teenagers just trying to make it through another day in middle school. But, unlike many of their peers, they are refugees from Central America who have fled brutal violence in their home countries to find shelter and pursue their dreams in the United States. Step inside their shoes, hear their stories, see their struggle, and feel their strength as we move through their day.  Óyeme, the beautiful brings to light the undaunted courage and beautiful spirit that fuels these young people, and teaches us the power of friendship, family, and hope.

Performances are followed by a 30 minute audience workshop led by a Teaching Artist. Performance and Workshop running time is 75 minutes. Schools and Community Groups must be able to designate a 20x20 open space (or stage) for our set and performers.

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¡Óyeme! in the News: 

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Support ¡Óyeme! by donating to the cause!

Thank you to our Lead Supporters:

Doris Duke Foundation
Hattie M. Strong Foundation
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Montgomery County Departmentof Recreation
Theatre Communications Group

Imagination Stage is a participant in the Audience (R)Evolution: Travel Grant program, funded by The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the professional not-for-profit American theatre.

This work was supported by an Exploration grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to Imagination Stage for the Building Demand for the Performing Arts Program.

For more information, or to support this important initiative please contact Chelsey Christensen, Director of Development, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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¡Óyeme! es un proyecto colaborativo que responda a la oleada de niños refugiados huyendo la violencia en Centroamérica que han llegado a Montgomery County. Muchos de los niños han experimentado circunstancias horríficas en su país de origen, además de la experiencia de la migración hasta aquí. Nuestros parejas incluyen Imagination Stage, la Fundacion de la Herencia Hispana (FHH), Montgomery County Department of Recreation, Miembro del Consejo Nancy Navarro, y el Department of Health and Human Services’ Street Outreach Network (SON).

¡Óyeme! se esfuerza a proveer un espacio creativo para los jóvenes, usando trauma informadas teatro y actividades que son basadas en la cultura, que creen un sentido de comunidad entre los participantes, y proveen un espacio seguro para los jóvenes inmigrantes para que ellos pueden compartir sus historias.  Nuestra esperanza es que como resultado de nuestros esfuerzos, los niños van a sentir cómodos y que pueden empezar el proceso de curación que lo va a permitir asimilar en su nueva comunidad. No hay una mejor manera de conectar con otro humano como a través de las artes.

Nuestro departamento de educación está trabajando con jóvenes en asociación con el Street Outreach Network (Montgomery County Health and Human Services) y clases de ESL en Gaithersburg High School.

 

Óyeme
Escrito por Miriam Gonzales
Dirigido por Elena Velasco
Laura y Valentina son jóvenes que sólo quieren sobrevivir otro día en la escuela secundaria. Sin embargo, a diferencia de muchos de sus compañeros, ellas son refugiadas centroamericanas. Ellas huyeron de la violencia brutal en sus países de origen para encontrar un hogar y poder seguir los sueños en los Estados Unidos. Únase a nosotros para ponerse en sus zapatos, escuchar sus historias, ver su lucha y encontrar la fuerza que ellas muestran durante un día normal. Óyeme ilumina la valentía indomable y el espíritu bello que avivan a estas jóvenes, y nos enseña el poder de la amistad, de la familia y de la esperanza. 

Si desea obtener más información, o si desea reservar una actuación de nuestra obra en su comunidad el año próximo, por favor póngase en contacto con Joanne Seelig, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

¡Óyeme! en las noticias: 

WAMU

Apoya ¡Óyeme! con una donación a la causa!

Muchas gracias a nuestras PARTIDARIOS:

Doris Duke Foundation
Hattie M. Strong Foundation
Hispanic Heritage Foundation
Theatre Communications Group

Imagination Stage participa en un programa de beca que se llama Audience (R)Evoltion: Travel Grant. La beca es financiada por The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation y es administrada por Theatre Communications Group, la organización nacional para teatros profesionales sin fines de lucro. 

 

Esta obra es apoyado por una beca de Exploración que Imagination Stage recibió de The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation como parte de su programa Building Demand for the Performing Arts.

 

 Para más información, o para apoyar esta iniciativa importante, por favor póngase en contacto con Chelsey Christensen, la directora de desarrolloThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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