Midcoast Maine has much to offer, as the annual influx of summer visitors bears witness, but multiculturalism isn’t one of its hallmarks — yet.

“The Maine demographics are changing, and it’s not going to happen slowly,” said Judith Sloan, a longtime summer visitor to Maine who lives the rest of the year in the most ethnically diverse locality in the country.

Actress, radio/audio producer and educator Sloan and her husband, writer and photographer Warren Lehrer, spent three years exploring the world without leaving Queens, one of the five boroughs that comprise New York City and home to speakers of 138 different languages. Their multimedia “Crossing the BLVD” Project produced a book, a stage presentation and more. And it has led the artist down some interesting paths. Sloan has taken up residency at The Playhouse in downtown Belfast with her latest offshoot, “Yo, MISS!”

The one-woman theater/poetry/music piece will be presented Friday and Saturday, Aug. 14 and 15; and Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 20 to 22. All performances starts at 7 p.m., and all benefit a nonprofit: WERU opening week (Aug. 6 through 8); the Restorative Justice Project the second week; and EarSay Youth Voices the final week. Tickets are $20, available through brownpapertickets.com or by calling (800) 838-3006.

As in her earlier shows, Sloan performs multiple characters, as well as herself, in order to tell stories that weave together to reveal both the distinctly individual and surprisingly universal ways human beings make their way.

“It’s a certain kind of truth telling,” Sloan said of her work a couple of weeks before the opening week of “Yo, MISS!”

It was a search of such stories that brought her to Maine the first time.

“I’m an oral historian, primarily. I came in the 1980s to interview Holocaust survivors, who were rather hidden back then,” she said.

The Brooklyn-born daughter of children of immigrants, Sloan knew a single grandparent; most relatives on her father’s side died in the Holocaust. She spent two decades interviewing Holocaust survivors and their children, turning their stories into theatrical works she performed all over the world — and in Midcoast Maine.

“Some of my very favorite shows were in small, intimate spaces. I remember a great one at Second Read,” she said.

Those experiences should set her up for The Playhouse, which seats less than 50 and is now air-conditioned. Sloan said “Yo, MISS!” runs about an hour and 15 minutes, so if any given evening fills up fast there is an option to do the show again at 9 p.m. And because this show focuses on immigrant/refugee teenagers and incarcerated youth, she especially hopes local young people will attend.

“I want teens to come! If some aren’t sure they can afford it, they should email me; I’ll have a certain number of cheaper tickets set aside each night,” she said (the email link is on the ticket purchasing site).

“Yo, MISS!” is a project of EarSay, Sloan and Lehrer’s nonprofit arts organization dedicated to uncovering and portraying stories of the uncelebrated. One of the chapters in 2003’s “Crossing the BLVD” book is devoted to the Queens International High School, where students come from more than four dozen countries and are limited in English proficiency. Sloan works with at-risk youth at the high school and college level, as well as being part-time faculty at NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. Some of the students she’s worked with appear as characters in “Yo, MISS!” — Sloan portrays people who range in age from 14 to 80, using accents and dialects, body language and a bit of costuming to create the distinctive characters audiences are introduced to.

“I have scarves I can make look like a backpack or a hijab or an old woman’s shawl,” she said.

Sometimes, she uses a scarf as more of a “flowing thing,” perhaps to suggest brushing long hair. The only other “props” are a few stage cubes that delineate place. Lighting is simple, although it can be more technical, depending on the venue. And then there is the music, a new element for Sloan to incorporate and one of the reasons she is offering the show over the course of three weeks.

“I worked with terrific musicians including Immortal Technique, a rapper, to come up with the music and a way to have music and sound flow through,” she said. “I have these MIDI controllers to manipulate the sounds; it takes a lot of dexterity, so I want to do it over and over again.”

The Maine shows — Sloan also will present “Yo, MISS!” Thursday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m. at Portland’s Space Gallery; and Thursday, Aug. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Blue Hill Town Hall — are a kind of out-of-town run. The show will be the keynote presentation at two national conferences in October, the National Oral History Association Conference in Tampa; and the Biennial Trauma Conference in Baltimore.

“And I want it to be so tight by the time I get there,” she said, adding that a New York production in 2016 in under negotiation.

It has been a number of award-winning years since Sloan’s work with older European Jews and Holocaust survivors, but one of those characters has proved to be an ally in her work with young immigrants.

“The grandmother character really connects with the kids. I was a child when my father died; when I shared that with kids, other things come, both some anti-semitism and interconnectedness,” she said.

Sloan talked about sharing the loss of a parent with a young Muslim girl, whose response took her by surprise.

“We are of totally different generations and come from different places, where Jews and Muslims are not supposed to get along … but love and loss are universals,” Sloan said.

In her own family, Sloan experienced two sudden deaths by the time she was 15 and is still learning the impact that has had on choices she’s made; some of this exploration appears in “Yo, MISS!” In her work — particularly the theater work she does with at-risk youth — she seeks ways to help people express emotions that may not be “acceptable” in other surroundings.

“I truly believe that silence is death: If someone dies, if you lose a lot and you keep it inside yourself, it kills you,” she said. “And you don’t have to be an immigrant to know that kind of loss.”

This drive to embrace and transform what can be difficult is part of the reason Sloan wants to present “Yo, MISS!” in Maine, which she believes is “right on the cusp of a multicultural world collision.” There has always been some class clash, given Maine’s Vacationland status, and there are longstanding Franco-American tensions. But the 21st century is bringing the world to this famously white state in waves never seen before.

“Difference is coming, and it makes people afraid … and race makes it heightened,” Sloan said.

Working in a place where everyone is a minority has taught her the wisdom of not being afraid to embrace complexity … and has reaffirmed the power of that most human of activities, storytelling.

“As long as we’re here together, we may as well talk to each other,” Sloan said.