photo Amy Braswell © 2009 Albany Park Theater Project

APTP company members in TRUST immigrated (or their parents have immigrated) from Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Columbia, India, Vietnam Afghanistan, and Samoa. Their neighborhood, Albany Park mirrors America: approximately 26.3 million immigrants now live in the United States – the largest number recorded in the nation’s history and a 33% increase over 1990. In the U.S. 1 in 5 children is either an immigrant or has an immigrant parent.  As immigrants transform many American communities, it becomes important to look at how our society supports and empowers this new generation of citizens.  By exploring how APTP’s original, activist productions encourage company members to overcome obstacles and foster cross-cultural conversations that transcend race, ethnicity, age and geography, TRUST shows the art of theater as a powerful tool in the work of immigrant integration.