On November 11, 2011, YPT students spent a full day collaborating with visiting students from the EsArtes program of Suchitoto, El Salvador to create theater without boundaries. The students had three hours to create, rehearse and perform their piece at the Canadian Embassy. Despite language barriers, these students played, worked, wrote and performed as a group, reminding everyone at the Embassy of the power of theater to overcome boundaries.
During El Salvador’s civil war in the 1980s, the town of Suchitoto was at the heart of a dangerous battle zone. Though the war ended long ago, the residents of Suchitoto continue to struggle with widespread violence and unemployment. The Es Artes program began training local youth in acting and technical theater skills last year, planting the seeds for a larger effort to generate a thriving theater scene and arts-driven economy for Suchitoto.
“Being a student and watching a barrier disintegrate was amazing,” says YPT student Amber Faith Walton, describing her experience working with the students from Suchitoto. “I guess actions do speak louder than words.”
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Photos by Liza Harbison.