Exiled Voices


The world is changing quickly. Every day, our country is experiencing the turmoil of divisive rhetoric delivered by our nation’s leaders. We are witnessing this turmoil filter down into our local communities, as entire populations of San Diego inhabitants await legislation that threatens to vilify them and potentially extricate them from our city.

Intrepid is pinpointing and illuminating the stories of those directly affected by these growing tensions, specifically the refugee and immigrant populations. In collaboration with SAY San Diego, Intrepid created a timely community outreach program, Exiled Voices: The Refugee Art Experience, at Crawford High School in City Heights.

Read the San Diego Union Tribune article “Intrepid Theatre turns refugees’ stories into art”

The Program:

January 2017: Painters, playwrights, choreographers, poets and songwriters were paired with refugee students at Crawford High School, facilitated by SAY San Diego, to learn about their resettlement experiences and their home countries. Each artist created a piece of art inspired by the stories of his or her student.

March 2017: These art pieces were displayed and performed in a free community event at the Horton Grand Theatre in downtown San Diego to a sold out audience and standing ovation.

Spring 2018: Intrepid launches the Exiled Voices School Tour to travel throughout Southern California

Summer 2018: Intrepid launches the Exiled Voices Multimedia Art Installation to travel to cultural centers




Historically, our country has had challenging moments in fair and equitable treatment of members of our diverse populations. We have seen this play out here in San Diego, especially during the Second World War, when many Asian-American residents of our city were marginalized, bullied and interned based on racial prejudice and misinformation. Exiled Voices is a preemptive measure to ensure these atrocities do not recur.

Follow these links for more information:
KPBS: San Diego Part of Effort to Honor Chinese-American WWII Veterans
San Diego Union-Tribune: Allegiance Pledges to Make it to Broadway
San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego is not immune to racism and intolerance



In 2018, Exiled Voices becomes a school tour and a multimedia art installation that will travel to cultural centers. The more schools we can visit, the more cultural centers we can partner with, the more conversations we can begin and the greater the significance of this project will be. Every dollar helps extend the lifespan and deepen the impact of this project.

Together with your help, we can create meaningful change.



Exiled Voices Artists

BOTTOM ROW L to R: Gill Sotu, Performance Poet & Playwright; Monique Gaffney, Playwright & Choreographer; Kathryn Cloward, Singer/Songwriter. MIDDLE ROW L to R: Kendrick Dial, Spoken Word Artist & Songwriter; Michael Mizerany, Choreographer; Lara Segura, Choreographer, Malashock Dance Company; Edee Armand, Visual Artist; John Malashock, Choreographer, Malashock Dance Company. TOP ROW L to R: Paul Eddy, Singer/Songwriter; Lorena Santana, Playwright; Tim West, Playwright.


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This program was made possible because of funding from

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in partnership with