English In Action and Writ Large Bring Local Immigrant Stories to the Willits Stage

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, English In Action and Writ Large team up to present Immigrant Voices, a live storytelling experience. The program takes place at The Temporary in Willits, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. This event brings seven local immigrants to the stage to tell their stories of coming to the Roaring Fork Valley. Performing without scripts, the seven will share heartfelt stories of their personal experience of leaving home and creating a new future.

The participants hail from five different countries on three continents. The speakers are: Bernardina Bañuelos, Samuel Bernal, and Estela Garcia and, all from Mexico, plus Miguel Carballo from El Salvador, Nicholas Vesey from the United Kingdom, Shinta Damayanti from Indonesia and Kristina Mace from Hungary. Each speaker will tell the story of his or her own unique immigration experience, the challenges and successes, the roadblocks and solutions.

The speakers—many of whom have never performed on stage—have been coached and aided by Alya Howe of Writ Large, who will also curate the program. Howe established Writ Large in Aspen as a slam of true stories told to live audiences without scripts or notes. An award-winning UK born dancer, storyteller, poet and performance artist, Howe is the founder of Under Alya’s Umbrella whose performing arts programs include The Poetry Brothel, Writ Large and The Salon.

About Immigrant Voices, Howe says, “It takes courage to speak in public, imagine how much courage it takes to stand up and speak in your non-native tongue…it has been a privilege to work with all these storytellers and to journey with them to be there for opening night.”

The speakers include well-known community members, as well as adult English language learners from English In Action. “Every day we hear amazing stories of overcoming adversity and finding community in a new country,” said the organization’s executive director, Lara Beaulieu. “This event was conceived as a way to share these important stories with the community at large, and to highlight the diversity and contributions of immigrants in our Valley.

Tickets and Information
For tickets to Immigrant Voices or to get more information about English In Action, go to www.englishinaction.org or call (970) 963-9200. Tickets also available at the door.

For more on Alya Howe and Under Alya’s Umbrella, go to https://alyahowe.org.

Event Details
What:      Immigrant Voices
Where:    The Temporary, The Arts Campus at Willits (360 Market Street, Basalt)
Date:       Thursday, November 30
Time:       Doors at 6:30 pm for refreshments; Performance at 7:00 pm
Cost:       $10 at the door or at www.englishinaction.org