In From Where I Stand, the Orpheum Theatre Group undergoes deep collaboration with youth from a community or school organization who share their personal stories from their point of view. By collaborating in an artistic process, youth bring their individual perspectives together to create an original performance to share. By providing youth a platform and resources, we seek to elevate stories in our community and encourage dialogue and transformation through the power of the arts.
From Where I Stand: Lost and Found is a theatrical storytelling performance (in partnership with Overton High School) exploring stories of being lost and found. What does it mean to be lost? What does it mean to lose ourselves, relationships, and ideas as we develop?
From Where I Stand: Refugee Portraits is a theatrical storytelling performance (in partnership with the Refugee Empowerment Program) that asks us to look beyond the headlines and see the real people behind them. Youth refugees perform stories about how they grapple with identity, belief, and displacement from their homelands.
“The From Where I Stand program undoubtedly changed the way I think and how I see the world.”
Reilly, Youth Participant from Shelby County Schools Partner (From Where I Stand, 2019)
“We need to share what happens to all of us, not keep it from the world.”
Brianna, Youth Participant from Facing History and Ourselves Partner (From Where I Stand, 2019)
“A humbling, vulnerable, exciting, and memorable time shared with people from all over the world telling their stories.”
Chi’conna, Youth Participant from STAX Partner (From Where I Stand, 2019)
Youth stories of HOME: Where is home? How is home defined by people and geography? How are our identities tied to the places we call home? What does it mean to leave home? How do we treat people who have left their homelands? How do we infuse culture and community into new homelands?
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