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Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras

In Los Angeles alone, there are about 25,000 day laborers. The laborers range from gardeners to construction workers to painters to movers to childcare specialists, and well, just about any form of temporary labor there is. Many day laborers are immigrants, and some are in the country without proper immigrant status, leaving them with few bargaining chips to improve their standing with work conditions and wages. This can lead to sometimes-difficult lives. Add on top of that anti-immigrant policies and attitudes that leave some day laborers feeling helpless and targeted. These are some of the reasons Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras (translated as Day Labor Theater Without Borders and abbreviated as TJSF) began in 2008.

The theater has produced 15 short plays since its inception, usually with a 10-person troupe, and performed mainly at the 14 day labor centers around L.A. In the past year, TJSF has expanded their horizons, bringing their theater to other important day labor locations like El Salvador and Northern California, and most recently to Guatemala, where they teamed up with a theater company called iiK to exchange techniques and work with laborers who both immigrated to Los Angeles and were deported from L.A. and currently reside in Guatemala.

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