Shelter: Past Events

March 4, 2017

1:30 – 3:00 PM  –  Performance at UCLA Fowler Museum Outdoor Amphitheater, Los Angeles

Selections from Shelter will be performed as a part of the Childhoods in Motion: Children, Youth, Migration, and Education Conference on UCLA’s campus. Attendees are invited to attend the performance as well as the question and answer session that will follow.  This is a free event. No advanced registration required. Click here for directions and parking info.

Jun 21, 2016

6:00 PM EDT (3:00 PM PDT) –  Performance at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington D.C.

Part of the Millennium Stage free performance series. Following the performance, there will be a conversation on Facebook Live addressing this crucial subject in contemporary political discourse.

Missed the show in D.C? View the archived full-length livestream of the performance below:

April 7, 2016 (Preview)

7:30 PMPerformance of SHELTER

April 8, 2016 (Opening)

7:30 PMPerformance of SHELTER

Join us before the show for live music and dancing with the CalArts Latin Jazz ensemble lead by David Roitstein, Director of the CalArts Jazz Program. Catering by Homegirls Cafe

April 9, 2016

6:30 PM –Dialogue: Pathways Forward

Join us before the performance for a dialogue with Dr. Carlos Hernández, Ruxandra Guidi and Leisy Abrego to contextualize and re-imagine the conditions for asylum seekers fleeing Central American violence and persecution.

Location:  Plaza de La Raza, 3540 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Dr. Carlos Armando Hernández is a professor at the California State University, Northridge  and teaches for the Department of Chicana/o Studies and the History Department. He regularly assists in asylum claims dealing with the violence associated with Drug Trafficking Organizations, as well as Transnational Crime Organizations.  Hernández is currently writing  a book entitled Narco-mundo: How Narcotraficantes Gained Control of Northern Mexico and Beyond, 1945-1985.

Ruxandra Guidi is a journalist with fifteen years of experience reporting for public radio, magazines, and multimedia throughout the U.S., the Caribbean, South and Central America, as well as Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico border region. She’s currently working on a year-long storytelling project about aging in Los Angeles in collaboration with KCRW Public Radio. She’s a native of Caracas, Venezuela, and a member of Fonografia Collective and Homelands Productions.

Born in San Salvador, El Salvador, Professor Leisy Abrego is a member of the first large wave of Salvadoran immigrants who arrived in Los Angeles in the early 1980s. Trained as a sociologist, her research and teaching interests—inspired in great part by her family’s experiences in the US—are in Central American immigration, Latina/o families, and the inequalities created by gender and by U.S. immigration policies.

7:30 PMPerformance of SHELTER

April 10, 2016

1:00 PM – Pre-show Community Partners Day

Join us before the performance of Shelter for a Community Partners Fair at the outdoor Shelter stage in Lincoln Park. Bring your own musical instruments for a jam session with students from the School of History and the Dramatic Arts, and make art with the CalArts Art and Community Engagement class.

Be in conversation with Lincoln Heights Neighborhood CouncilEl RescateTeatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras, CARECENVoto LatinoCalArts Community Arts Partnership, and Plaza de la Raza.

2:00 PMMatinee Performance of SHELTER

3:30 PM – Post-show Dialogue: Leslie Berestein Rojas, KPCC’s Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter

Leslie has been with KPCC since 2010. She reports on immigration and the changing face of Southern California, as generations of immigrants and their descendants leave their mark on the region. She also ran KPCC’s Multi-American immigration blog between 2010 and 2015. Before coming to KPCC, Leslie reported on the U.S.-Mexico border for the San Diego Union Tribune. She’s also reported for Time, People, the Orange County Register and the Los Angeles Times. Leslie was born in Cuba and raised on the Eastside of Los Angeles.

Location: Plaza de La Raza, 3540 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031

April 14, 2016

6:30 PM – Pre-show Dialogue: Homies Unidos

Join us for a panel discussion with unaccompanied minors from Homies Unidos’ Central American Youth Council, who will talk about their experience. They will share their stories and work they are doing now to help others as they integrate into our community, schools and homes.

Location: Plaza de La Raza 3540 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Alex Sanchez is an internationally recognized peacemaker and co-founder of Homies Unidos in Los Angeles where he has developed and implemented innovative violence prevention and intervention programs since 1998 and serves as Executive Director. Sanchez is an outspoken community leader who works with disenfranchised youth and their families in the Latino and largely Central American communities of the Pico Union, Westlake and Koreatown areas of Los Angeles.

Steven Vigil started his career with Santa Cruz Barrios Unidos (SCBU) a California based non-profit organization whose mission is the promotion of peace and development in communities affected by youth violence and gang warfare. From there he joined the United Nations (UN) and has worked in several capacities at the UN Secretariat in New York and in post-conflict peacekeeping missions, including East Timor, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan, and South Sudan.

7:30 PMPerformance of SHELTER

April 15, 2016

6:30 PM – Pre-show Dialogue: Sanctuary with Tessie Borden, Stephani Canizales, Salvador Sanabria, Rev. Walter Contreras, and Rev. Noel Andersen

Join us for conversation on the Sanctuary movement and its efforts to shelter undocumented immigrants in this country.

Location:  Plaza de La Raza 3540 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Tessie Borden is a community activist and former journalist who has long worked for greater justice in immigrant rights. As a journalist, she was the Mexico City correspondent for the Arizona Republic as that country experienced great political change. Today, she manages communications for the Central American Resource Center.

Stephanie Canizales was born and raised in Los Angeles to two Salvadoran immigrants. Her parents were unaccompanied child migrants of the Salvadoran civil war.  Stephanie is now a PhD candidate in sociology at USC and a National Science Foundation research fellow. She specializes in international migration, unauthorized migration, immigrant integration, and unaccompanied minors. She works with various community organizations to serve recently arrived unaccompanied Central American children access resources for settlement and integration. Canizales was named one of Pacific Standard Magazine’s Top 30 Thinkers Under 30 for 2016.

Rev. Walter Contreras is Vice President of AEL (Alianza Evangelica Latina), an international alliance the represents 120 millions Latinos / Hispanics Evangelical in the Americas. He is also the Vice President of National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NALEC).  His passion for community development and community transformation in ministries of compassion, mercy and Justice has always driven his heart. He is in an advocate, activist and organizer and spent 15 years serving the homeless population of Skid Row in Los Angeles. Rev. Contreras serves as a coach and mentor for many Hispanic leaders across the USA and Latin America.

7:30 PMPerformance of SHELTER

April 16, 2016

7:30 PMPerformance of SHELTER

EmBrase foundation and CalArts Alumni Night

This evening’s performance is dedicated to the memory of Jose “Jojo” Estrada Jr. The EmBrase Foundation was created to honor his memory and legacy.  At the age of 23, Jojo accomplished more than most people do in a lifetime. He was a college graduate from CalArts, a teacher, actor, dancer, visual arts artist, writer, computer programmer, and activist. His ideals, values, and artistic spirit inspire the foundation’s commitment of not abandoning the dreams of underserved children in our communities.

A reception for CalArts alumni will take place after the performance. For information on the CalArts alumni reception contact Maryl Fleisher at

April 17, 2016

1:00 PM – Pre-show talk with with Susan Terrio, author of Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody.

Location: Plaza de La Raza 3540 N. Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90031

Susan J. Terrio is professor of Anthropology and French Studies at Georgetown University, with joint appointments in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of French. Terrio’s new book, Whose Child Am I? Unaccompanied, Undocumented Children in U.S. Immigration Custody, considers the fraught relationship between the American government and the thousands of child detainees placed under both its care and prosecution. For a summary of the major themes of the book, please listen to this podcast from The Society Pages.

2:00 PMMatinee Performance of SHELTER