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Articles, Essays, Volume 5

Conducting a Theatre Workshop for Syrian Refugees at Berlin’s Tempelhof Center

Conducting a Theatre Workshop for Syrian Refugees at Berlin’s Tempelhof Center
An Essay  by Fadi Fayad Skeiker       
Arab Stages, Volume 5, Number 1 (Fall 2016)
©2016 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publication

 

Thanks to Alexander Shroeder, a theatre professor and an avid theatre practitioner from Berlin, I was recently able to lead an applied theater workshop with three core members of his new theatre company, one that is formed by young refugees who are temporarily located in Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport. Tempelhof, which was largely built by the Nazi government, ceased its airport operations in 2008 and has now become a refugee center with a plan to house up to seven thousand refugees, which makes it one of the biggest, if not the biggest, refugee centers in Germany.  The three members of Shroeder’s company were asylum seekers from Syria–—Abed, 17, from Deir al-Zour; Mohamad, 16, from Marj al-Sultan; and Odai, 17, a Palestinian who was born and raised in Syria.

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