Saturday, October 16, 2010

Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre

Jonathan Shailor (Editor). London & Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Performing New Lives contains essays by 14 facilitators of prison theatre programs across the United States. In sharing their compelling experiences and observations, the authors show how prison theatre programs can function as sanctuaries within correctional facilities, where inmates can safely explore their own vulnerability, as well as empathy for others. By working intensively with volunteer facilitators and a diverse group of inmates over an extended period of time, prisoners have the opportunity to practice commitment, discipline, and teamwork--skills that will be essential for their survival and reintegration into the community. Many of these programs include performances for other prisoners, and for public audiences, a wonderful opportunity for prisoners to realize their capacity and worth.

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