Storytelling is at the heart of what makes us human.

Shoebox Stories is a story-holding project where you gather together and stand in another person’s shoes by reading aloud their story, saying their words, and feeling the weight they carry.

This ground-breaking podcast series invites national leaders to stand in the shoes of a person who is marginalized or who is often misrepresented and read their autobiographical story aloud to see the world through their eyes.

Holding another person’s story is both an honor and a responsibility. The reader is entrusted, for a moment, with the struggles, hopes and dreams of another. By reading another’s story, the reader is not saying that they agree with everything the writer says. They are simply agreeing to refrain from judgment and stand for a moment in the shoes of the writer to see things through their eyes.

Through respectfully holding a story different from your own, you expand your understanding of what it means to be human.

Season 1: The UndocuAmerica Series

In each episode of this 12-episode series, a national leader reads the autobiographical story of young undocumented monologist. Motus Theater’s Artistic Director, Kirsten Wilson worked with the 12 undocumented monologists featured in the series to support them in telling stories about their hopes, fears, and dreams.

Each episode also features a song selected by a Grammy-award winning musician as musical response inspired by the story.

Listen to Jorge Ramos, Gloria Steinem, Nicholas Kristof, Maria Hinojosa, Art Acevedo and others reading these powerful stories from the frontlines of U.S. immigration policy; and musicians like Yo-Yo Ma and Arturo O’Farrill responding musically to the stories.


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The ability to step into one another’s experience is key in suspending judgment and understanding one another without an expectation of the perfect story - we are all humans after all.
— Cristian Solano-Cordova