I’m delighted by the work I’ve seen from Fuse Theatre. As a social justice activist who wants to hear privileged and underprivileged alike tell their stories in their own voice, I’m drawn to the way Fuse uses theatre arts to give voice to community members who wouldn’t otherwise be heard.

This is community theatre at its best. When Fuse produced a play about the plight of Docktown residents facing eviction in Redwood City, actual Docktown residents portrayed themselves onstage alongside experienced actors. When the Sequoia High School DREAM Club presented Fuse-directed skits about the experiences of immigrant students, everyone in attendance felt solidarity with these great young people, and their struggle to be accepted as equal members of society with access to higher education and employment.

Fuse Theatre isn’t about cultivating a culture of celebrityhood, where passive consumers sit in thrall of the “experts.” It’s an innovative and heartfelt program to restore the local practice of art as an everyday experience of celebration and healing. To me, Fuse represents a future that I want to live in.