CLICK HERE to watch an interview with Dr. Laura Bates, founder of Shakespeare in Shackles, the world's first Shakespeare program in supermax.
Laura Bates will present a TED talk (TEDxUCLA) today titled Shakespeare in Shackles: The Transformative Power of Literature.
from the TEDxUCLA site:
Laura Bates has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Comparative
Literature, with a focus on Shakespeare studies. She is a professor of
English at Indiana State University, where she has taught courses on
Shakespeare for the past fifteen years to students on campus and in
For more than 25 years she has worked in prisons as a volunteer and
as a professor. She created the world’s first Shakespeare program in
supermax—the long-term solitary confinement unit. Her work has been
featured in local and national media, including two segments on
MSNBC-TV’s Lock Up.
She is the author of “Shakespeare Saved My Life”: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard (Sourcebooks, 2013).
She has been happily married for nearly thirty years to Allan Bates, a retired professor and playwright.
Links to Programs and Resources
- Band of Brothers
- Community Arts Network
- ESC - Educational Shakespeare Company
- Jean Trounstine
- Judy Dworin Performance Project, Inc.
- London Shakespeare Workout
- Medea Project (Rhodessa Jones)
- People's Palace Projects
- Phoenix Players at Auburn
- Prison Arts Coalition
- Prison Arts Network
- Prison Creative Arts Project
- Prison Performance Network
- Prison Performing Arts
- Prison Performing Arts (Blog)
- QSE's Shakespeare Prison Project
- Rehabilitation Through the Arts
- Shakespeare Behind Bars
- Shakespeare Prison Project
- Shakespeare at San Quentin
- Shakespeare in Prison
- Shakespeare in Shackles
- Storycatchers Theatre
- The Actors' Gang