Grains of Hope:  Refugee Life in Michigan

by Stephanie Sandberg

Congolese refugees
Iraqi refugees
Factory assembly line work
Learning English
Multimedia storytelling

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.

This verbatim docudrama was made by me and my students in a course on ethnography and applied theatre.  I interviewed one hundred and fifty refugees who had resettled in Michigan within the past few years 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 4000 people.


Scenic Design by David Leugs

Lighting Design by Steve Haase

Costume Design by Amanda Ytzen