Farmworkers suffer from the highest rate of toxic chemical injuries and skin disorders of any workers in the country, as well as significant rates of eye injuries.
Theater in the Fields: A Guide for Dynamic Outreach with Farmworkers
New bilingual resource available in print and online.
Student Action with Farmworkers (SAF) has been using theater as an educational tool with farmworkers for over twenty years. By drawing on techniques of popular theater, SAF performs culturally appropriate, lively skits and facilitates theater workshops at farm labor camps. These performances spur conversations about mental and physical health, living and working conditions, and farmworker movements for social justice.
“The theater project was great; we got more feedback from the workers about their conditions than from regular outreach with our agencies. We usually have to visit the camp twice to get the same information we can get in one visit with the theater group.”
-2006 SAF Theater Group Interns
Many of SAF’s performances have focused on health issues, and they aim for this guide to offer dynamic tools for health care providers, educators, outreach workers, and public health innovators. Practitioners can also use these techniques with other populations across the social justice spectrum. For both organizers and educators, SAF hopes that popular theater can bolster the messages and information that you so readily share and provide a dynamic approach to outreach. Resources include songs, scripts, theater games and icebreakers. A limited amount of printed copies are free, but SAF accepts small contributions to cover shipping and handling ($5-10/copy).