The Campfire Project

    The Campfire Project-an artistic partnership with families in exile.


    Conceived by actress and teacher Jessica Hecht, The Campfire Project provides a forum for residents of Camp Ritsona, a refugee camp in Greece, to come together and share their voices through the transformative power of theater.

    Within refugee camps, the demand for engagement is powerfully felt. Residents’ basic physical and educational needs are often met but there are few outlets to yet an outlet for their trauma is not available. The NGOs on-site meet essential education and therapeutic needs, but they are under-resourced given the tremendous demands. There are few community projects that can provide relief from relentless boredom and the excruciating uncertainty of the residents’ situation.

    As a first offering, in July and August of 2018, a core group of our volunteer artists, led by director Arin Arbus, will develop an Arabic-language adaptation n of Shakespeare’s The Tempest with the residents of the camp for three weeks. Refugees and our volunteers will create, rehearse,, design, build, compose and perform the production. The Tempest was chosen because it offers a universal expression of the desolation of living in exile, the struggle for redemption and the human hope for a bit of magic.