One Trunk Theatre is thrilled to be partnering with Canadian Lutheran World Relief (CLWR) on this very important new work. Refuge, a new play created in community with young Canadians, refugees, relief workers, and professional artists, investigates the multi-faceted idea of “home”, and brings to life true stories from refugees who have settled in Canada.



One Trunk Theatre invites you to be part of the development of our new show Refuge.

Refuge is a project that brings community members from diverse cultural backgrounds together to share stories of settling in Winnipeg through outreach activities and the development/presentation of a new play. Sign up for one of our free workshops and add your story into the mix!

This workshop is OPEN TO EVERYONE. No theatre experience is required.

This will be a very relaxed workshop with snacks provided. We will use object theatre to share stories and ideas. Participants will be asked to bring:

One object that represents yourself
One object that represents your family/history/cultural identity
One object that represents Winnipeg

These workshops are part of an ongoing research and development process led by Liam Zarrillo, Caroline Wintoniw and Andraea Sartison. This spring a script (working title Refuge) will be developed and the show will premiere later in One Trunk Theatre’s 2017-18 season. The script will be available as a free online resource, distributed by Canadian Lutheran World Relief, for people across the country who want to use theatre to bring attention to the refugee crisis and international resettlement and relief efforts conducted by similar organizations in their communities.

Workshops are 120 minutes long and will take place at Prairie Theatre Exchange (meet in the lobby) on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 7th 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Friday, February 10th 7:00-9:00 p.m.

RSVP by contacting Andraea Sartison, One Trunk Theatre artistic producer at or by phone if you have further questions (204.333.2666).



Following this, and working collaboratively with a diverse ensemble including youth, refugee and professional artists, a script will be created with accompanying photographic/video score. The play will debut in Winnipeg, including a short tour, and the final script and visual score will be available online through CLWR for any group to perform in part or in full around the country. By disseminating the script in this way (free of charge for any group who is using it for advocacy or charitable purposes), Refuge, will be a theatrical platform to promote the work of relief organizations around the country (including CLWR), support fundraising efforts for local and international relief work and settlement of refugees, and to unite refugees and non-refugee communities across the country.

We are looking for individuals or groups who would like to host a workshop in their community, or would like to share their story of “home”. We welcome partnerships with anyone of any age or history- all are welcome.

If you would like to get involved pleased contact Andraea Sartison at

The featured image is of Syrian children living in a camp in Jordan, supplied by CLWR. To see more of their work in pictures visit their flickr account.