“Arden/Everywhere” offers a unique experience that connects the too-often overlooked stories of refugees and immigrants with a beloved classic play. It provides refugees and immigrants who have a desire to perform with an opportunity to express themselves, regardless of previous experience. It creates a community of audience members from diverse experiences and backgrounds. In addition to the show itself, it can provide a jumping off place for a range of community engagement experiences: theater workshops, post-play talkbacks, potlucks and shared meals, outreach and political engagement around refugee issues.

Workshops / Education

Director Jessica Bauman is available to work with your community in a variety of ways: public conversations and presentations on Shakespeare and the refugee crisis; workshops for actors or teachers focused on exploring classical text; creating devised theater pieces based on the experiences of your community members. She has worked with people of all ages and experience, from English language learners to university students to refugees in a camp.

  • Shakespeare’s Globe, London – Refugee Week panelist (June 2018)
  • University of California, Irvine – Devising Workshop (October 2018 – see video below)
  • UCLA – Pedagogy Workshop, Seminars, Class Visits about “Arden/Everywhere” (October 2018)
  • UC Santa Cruz – Devising workshop, Class Visits, Public Talks about “A/E” (January 2019)
  • Shakespeare Association of America Conference (April 2019)
  • Rice University (Fall 2019)
  • Boise State University (Fall 2019)

We are actively seeking collaborations with theaters, universities and community based organizations that work with refugees and immigrants, in the United States and internationally.

We want to talk to you about how “Arden/Everywhere” can be part of a conversation around the refugee crisis that is specific and meaningful to the community you are in.