UndocuAmerica Performance & Media Project
The UndocuAmerica Project aims to interrupt the dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants by encouraging thoughtful engagement on the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets immigrants bring to our country. Motus works with undocumented leaders to help them write powerful stories about their lives and then uses media to reach a wider audience.
The project was inspired by the acclaimed performance of law enforcement leaders reading autobiographical monologues of DACA recipients from the Do You Know Who I Am? production.
Elements of this project include the following:
UndocuMonologues Live Performances
An enemy is someone whose story you haven't heard.
—Old Quaker Proverb
Motus Theater’s undocumented writers share autobiographical monologues about their lives, hopes, fears and dreams. Their performances interrupts the dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants by encouraging thoughtful engagement with the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets immigrants bring to our country.
These DACA-mented leaders courageously tell their stories, representing the pain, struggles, and resilience of so many undocumented Americans. Story themes include the threat of deportation; the injustice of being sent into exile from the country in which you were raised; border patrol; the current human and civil rights threats to immigrants; racial profiling.
Motus weaves monologues with music to allow audiences to settle more deeply into what they just heard, taking a moment to reflect on the courage, grief and experiences of the performer. As immigration is such a controversial issue, audience members often feel either pain or resistance - depending on their political view - and the musical response gives the audience time to consider their own reactions.
UndocuAmerica Series Podcast
“What surprised me is how I somehow… just for a few seconds, I was you.”
—Jorge Ramos, Journalist & Podcast Reader
Set to launch in October 2019, The UndocuAmerica Series is 12 podcast episodes focused on the experience of DREAMers (Development Relief for Alien Minors). The platform pairs them with national voices to share deeply moving stories from the undocumented community. This series gives voice to the voices that often go unheard in the media.
This platform invites people who are not woven into the immigrant community to get to know undocumented people through powerful stories from their lives. Listeners will be inspired by the courage of these stories, while also learning about the threats undocumented immigrants face.
Confirmed national voices/readers for season one so far include: Gloria Steinem (writer/activist), Jorge Ramos (journalist) and Nicholas Kristof (NYTimes Op-Ed columnist). This series aims at interrupting dehumanizing portrayals of immigrants by encouraging thoughtful engagement on the challenges facing the undocumented community and the assets they are to our country.
The Sanctuary Series: Women of Resolution
A collaboration with a news publication, Boulder Weekly, telling 25 stories of the lives of people living in sanctuary across our nation to avoid being separated from their families. Boulder Weekly will publish short articles on immigrants in sanctuary and Motus Theater will bring the stories in the articles from the page to the stage with performative readings, acapella music, large-scale image projections, and a poetic response.
In collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee, the performances will be live-streamed to religious organizations involved in the Sanctuary movement. Elements of this series include: Women of Resolution Live Performances, Women of Resolution Community Readings, and Windows, Walls & Invisible Lines multimedia performance in collaboration.