Community Outreach

Community Outreach

Refugee Dreams Revisited – Audition Notice

Audition Notice: Refugee Dreams Revisited

Produced by MediaRites Productions.

The Story: MediaRites originally recorded oral history interviews more than 10 years ago with 15 former refugees from Cambodian, Vietnamese, Laotian, Mien and Hmong communities who arrived in Portland in the 80s and 90s, as part of celebration for the 10th anniversary of the “Crossing East, “a Peabody-Award-winning radio documentary series that ran on 230 NPR stations.

Why: MediaRites hopes to shed light on the positive contributions of refugees in America.

Who: We are seeking youth ages 16-24 to perform readings of these stories. This is a paid endeavor and we would love to give any young performers (or non-performers) a chance to be involved. Auditions will be held by appointment at a location near you.

Where: Performances will be paired panel discussion with the original refugee elders at Multnomah County Libraries, Central, Midland & North Portland.

When: FOUR performances total -Three performances will be scheduled May-June per actor availability. One final performance/discussion/celebration at IRCO (Immigrant and Refugee Community of Oregon on June. 24th.

All positions paid $400.

For more info, please contact Dmae Roberts at MediaRites@aol.com or dmaeroberts@gmail.com or call MediaRites at 503-233-2919.

Produced with funding from PGE Foundation and the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition with Oregon Cultural Trust

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Over 150 people from many ethnic backgrounds attended.

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