Grains of Hope: Refugee Life in Michigan
by Stephanie Sandberg
This verbatim docudrama was made by myself in collaboration with students in a course on ethnography and applied theatre. We interviewed one hundred and fifty refugees who had resettled in Michigan between 2005 and 2012 about their lives, what they experience and how we might improve the way Americans help refugees integrate into culture and society. This was an advocacy piece created with the help of grants from local refugee agencies. This production toured to over twenty venues and was seen by more than 3000 people.
Scenic Design by David Leugs
Lighting Design by Steve Haase
Costume Design by Amanda Ytzen
Photography by David Leugs
In this series of short 1-2 minute interviews, I describe the five part process of making a piece of verbatim docudrama, rooted in ethnographic research.