With the support of a Research and Creation grant from the Canada Council for the Arts, TODOS Productions embarked on the development of a new verbatim theatre play titled NewfoundLanded, focusing on the experiences of immigrants and refugees across Newfoundland and Labrador.
In the Winter of 2021, multidisciplinary artists Santiago Guzmán (originally from México) and Vanessa Cardoso-Whelan (originally from Brazil) interviewed over 30 immigrants and refugees from St. John’s, Corner Brook, Gander, Pasadena, Botwood, Stephenville and Labrador City about their journeys in our province and their relationship to it. Due to the still-ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, these in-person interviews were adapted to online meetings and written forms.
During these meetings, Guzmán and Cardoso-Whelan held space with empathy to allow fellow immigrants to open up about their experiences. Later on, these interviews were transcribed and noted by Robyn Huxter and Nora Barker, core members of TODOS Productions.