Stage Migrations: Immigrants, Refugees, and the Theatre

A workshop of “Living Altar” at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center featuring the New York City-based collective Psychopomp. (Photo by Jonathan Camuzeaux)

American theatres have long dramatized stories of immigration, assimilation, and resistance, as well as including immigrants among their practitioners. This special issue looks at not only how immigrant’s stories have been told onstage, from Awake and Sing! to Vietgone, but at how immigrants fare as workers in today’s theatre. It also looks at some of the ways transnational theatre troupes are facing the world’s refugee crisis.