March 16 - 21, 2021

Being Here: The Refugee Project

Created by Joel Bernbaum

Show Info

Due to COVID-19 and ongoing provincial and national health orders, we will be moving to filmed productions for the Spring 2021 Season. We will be broadcasting Being Here: The Refugee Project from March 16 – 21.

You can learn more here –


World Premiere

Real Stories. Real Words.

From the creators of Home Is A Beautiful Word—our powerful and acclaimed verbatim play about homelessness—comes a celebration of brave spirits and human hearts – turning true life into a powerful theatrical experience.

Refugees from around the world and their Canadian sponsors—from Victoria to Halifax—share their experiences in their own words. Their remarkable escapes—and their reasons for escaping.

Their sponsors experience the flush of good intentions—and come face-to-face with the complexity of human nature. Triumphs, disappointments and the delicate balance between ideals and reality—these are real life stories—in the words and voices of real people

Joel Bernbaum compiled and edited the interviews for Home is a Beautiful Word (Belfry 2014), dramaturged and directed by Michael Shamata.

Run Time: 90 minutes

Why I Chose This Play

Home Is A Beautiful Word was a remarkable experience to work on and present to our audiences. BEING HERE promises to be an equally satisfying piece of “documentary theatre.”  Joel conducted interviews across Canada. The stories are wildly varied—but the hearts that beat at the centre of each of them are incredibly similar.  It is a privilege to put these voices onstage—the voices of these refugees and the generous sponsors who reached out to help them. Michael Shamata

Being Here: The Refugee Project is proudly supported by

Audience Engagement Events

B4Play – Being Here The Refugee Project from Belfry Theatre on Vimeo.

Talkback Thursday
Thursday, March 18 at 8:30 pm

Free Event. Join creator Joel Bernbaum and the actors from the show to answer questions and provide insight into the play.

Wednesday, March 24 at 7:30 pm

Free Event. Facilitated discussions – audience member to audience member – a great opportunity to share your thoughts and hear fellow patrons’ reactions to the production and the ideas it presents.

Please register in advance, if you would like to participate in Afterplay.





Bonus Scene

Cast & Artists

    • Ghazal Azarbad
    • Austin Eckert
    • Evan Frayne
    • Kayvon Khoshkam
    • Adrian Neblett
    • Monice Peter
    • Celine Stubel
    • Joel Bernbaum
    • Playwright
    • Michael Shamata
    • Director
    • Carole Klemm
    • Production Designer
    • Sophie Tang
    • Lighting Designer
    • Jeff Chief
    • Costume Designer
    • Tobin Stokes
    • Composer & Sound Designer
    • Candelario Andrade
    • Videographer & Video Editor
    • Jennifer Swan
    • Stage Manager
    • Becca Jorgensen
    • Assistant Stage Manager