The Freedom Bus - Community Theatre

Dec 9, 2013

Cents make sense! The latest news from yours truly

Your contributions directly enable young people.
Your contributions directly enable young people.

Since our very first #GivingTuesday participation, which was a great success, we have come a whopping $615, 00 closer to our December goal of $3,000, even better, a new monthly donor has joined our ranks and our hearts are bursting with gratitude! Thank YOU for being the greatest supporters anyone can hope for!

All children and youth should be a part of society. Not apart from society. Everyone deserves a chance to pursue their dream, and that’s why we have created a space where they can realize their full potential – and then some.

As the cultural (resistance) hub of northern Occupied Palestine, we do no less but produce some of the world’s finest future actors, writers, photographers and film makers. Nowhere else is art this close to the pulse of history and its making.

Armed with words and creativity, we combat oppression and occupation by means of resistance at its best – transformed into culture by means of theatre and film making.

Every contribution matters, be an ambassador and tell people around you about us and our mission and of course, keep supporting us with donations that help us enable those beautiful young minds to create wonderful and world changing art – every little helps and goes a long way – with tangible goals and clear results we make a great investment into the future.

Join us and vicariously (culturally) resist oppression and injustice through us by donating one-off or monthly. Every recurring donation will be rewarded with an original Freedom Theatre t-shirt that will make any Christmas Jumper fade with envy!

THANK YOU for being a much valued member of The Freedom Theatre and Freedom Bus family!

Much love,

The Freedom Theatre team

P.S. In this festive season of lights, now is the perfect time to make a gift in honor of the people who are the lights in your life.

Wholesome drama therapy for children sessions.
Wholesome drama therapy for children sessions.
A THANK YOU straight from the source!
A THANK YOU straight from the source!
Dec 2, 2013

Giving looks good on you!

Give as good as you get!
Give as good as you get!

What do Linkin Park, Oxfam and Penelope Cruz in common?

They all support #GivingTuesday! Now it’s your turn go join The Freedom Theatre in being part of the conversation!

With about 2,500 participating charities, foundations, corporations as well as countless individual volunteers, #GivingTuesday is already the day that marks a big global movement in solidarity of those in need. People will volunteer whilst charities will offer special events and incentives in order to raise money for their causes.

We at The Freedom Theatre are celebrating our very own #GivingTuesday premier and you are invited to be a part of it. We truly value your support.

It is our goal to reach a minimum of 3,000 USD worth of donations to support The Freedom Theatre’s initiative the Freedom Bus, the troupe that will guided by Ben Rivers continue their fantastic work with marginalized Palestinian communities. The Freedom Bus team will continue to use playback theatre and other forms of cultural resistance from which all participants, Palestinian and international, have benefitted so greatly. Read more about playback theatre here.

We are also looking for a very special kind of contribution – pictures! This is your chance to put a face to a name to a donation! Surprise us with an “UNselfie” – the ultimate unselfish selfie!

Take a picture of yourself (or get someone to do it for you) with you holding a sign that carries a message and post it either on your own or on our facebook page [insert link], tag The Freedom Theatre along with #GivingTuesday and #UNselfie. We want you to show your face and give us a piece of your mind!

#GivingTuesday will be a great day and it will be even greater with you taking part – so what will you give?

Give stories that need to be told a voice!
Give stories that need to be told a voice!
Be part of the giving movement!
Be part of the giving movement!
Give color to the artists of a better future.
Give color to the artists of a better future.
Dec 2, 2013

This year - wrap your presence and give as good as you get!

"Real peace begins with our children."
"Real peace begins with our children."

Have the holidays completely taken you by surprise just like every year? Trying to figure out unique gifts that will make an impact? Presence instead of presents is the new black - for gifts that are unique, and look, feel as well as sound great you are in the right place!

Let us help you out and give you this remarkable opportunity to impress your colleagues, friends and loved ones with a truly special gift. A gift that keeps giving.

Actors, activists, bloggers, musicians, scholars, writers, photographers, community members – volunteers from all over the world have come onboard the famous Freedom Bus to support communities at risk.

Last year, the project organized two Freedom Rides through Occupied Palestine that included improvised theatre performances, drama workshops, live music events, Hakawati (traditional storytelling), protective presence activity and building work. Side by side, armed with mud-bricks and solidarity, houses and people were built up again, stories were shared and lasting alliances were built that know no human-made border.

Next year, we want to get on the road again. The 2014 March Freedom Ride will join residents of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills who are at risk of forced expulsion from their ancestral homelands. The March Freedom Ride will include building and reconstruction work, guided walks, interactive workshops, political actions and cultural events. Through Playback Theatre, residents of the Jordan Valley and South Hebron Hills will also share personal accounts about the realities of life and struggle under Israeli occupation and oppression.

By supporting this one-of-a-kind project of The Freedom Theatre, you are not wrapping presents this year – but indeed presence. And how often don’t we wish for a chance to do so? Make your mark in this world and donate, confident in the knowledge that you have truly made a difference to somebody's life.

Your contribution will help secure that the work of the Freedom Bus will continue and reach thousands of children, youth and adults - fostering community health through sharing of stories and building solidarity worldwide. Through this project and its various activities YOU will directly contribute to the promotion of human rights and fight against discrimination and oppression. Regular updates, pictures and stories will ensure you know exactly just how far your contribution is going.

Giving looks good on you!

Happy giving,

The Freedom Bus team

What will you give to help him change the world?
What will you give to help him change the world?
True stories that need to be told and heard.
True stories that need to be told and heard.
"Solidarity is an attitude of resistance."
"Solidarity is an attitude of resistance."
Oct 28, 2013


November is the time of the year we count our blessings and reflect on all the things we are grateful for.

We at The Freedom Theatre and the Freedom Bus team feel grateful for... well - YOU!

We would like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for your generous donations and ceaseless efforts during this past year. Your contribution matters and has made a lasting difference!

Features like volunteer work, solidarity stays in communities at risk and cultural events with live music, hakawati (traditional storytelling) and Playback Theatre, where a troupe of actors and musicians invite stories from community members and transform each account into a piece of improvised theatre, have made the Freedom Bus movement that has engaged thousands in occupied Palestine so successful and well known throughout the world.

Links of solidarity and friendship have been created that transcend any human-made border. This project is one of a kind and thanks to your support, it has grown beyond what we have every dared to hope for!

To witness more of the small and the bigger miracles that are achieved through your efforts and donations, to keep up-to-date with the latest and, most importantly, to ensure you are onboard for the journey ahead - sign up for our regular newsletter (, visit us on Facebook ( and follow the Freedom Bus on Twitter (#FreedomBusPal)!


Jun 11, 2013

Visiting communities in the West Bank and '48 Pale

Since the March Freedom Ride, the Freedom Bus troupe has been busy visiting communities in the West Bank and ’48 Palestine!

Families Interrupted, organized by Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel, opened at Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa.  This event included a photographic exhibition, panel discussion, and performance by the Freedom Bus troupe.  The event brought attention to the Israeli Citizenship Law – one of 50 apartheid laws that discriminate against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship.  Approximately 200 people attended this event.

The Freedom Bus troupe also took part in M.A.N – Music & Nature.  The aim of this festival was to strengthen cultural and artistic exchanges between Palestinians and Syrians in occupied Golan.  The event included interactive workshops, theatre, and live music from Arabic bands and artists including Akhir Zafir (Amman), Toot Ard (Golan), Jowan Safadi and Fish Samak (Haifa) and the artists Ala Azzam and Ruba Shamshoum.  The Freedom Bus troupe performed Our Sign is the Stone and also used Playback Theatre to enact stories shared by audience members. 

Our Sign is the Stone is a production based on testimonies gathered from the village of Nabi Saleh.  The play attests to the struggles, sacrifices and steadfastness of Palestinian communities engaged in civil resistance against Israeli practices of land confiscation and discrimination.  In addition to its performance at this festival, Our Sign is the Stone was performed four other times reaching over 300 people.

We are so proud of the work the Freedom Bus trope has accomplished in a very short time.  Thank you once again for your support!  Your gift has meant so much to the growing, dynamic group of artists we work with!!  Tomorrow (12 June 2013) is another Bonus Day on GlobalGiving!!  All donations made to the Freedom Bus project will be matched at 40%!  Don’t miss out!  Plan your gift early – matching begins at 9am EDT and we know we can count on you!!

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Project Leader

Jonatan Stanczak

Jenin, Occupied Palestine Palestine

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