Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre by Julia TaylorPerforming New Lives: Prison Theatre by Julia Taylor

Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre

Contribution byJulia Taylor, Judy Dworin, Brent Buell

Paperback | November 15, 2010

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Performing New Lives draws together some of the most original and innovative programs in contemporary prison theatre. Leading prison theatre directors and practitioners discuss the prison theatre experience first-hand, and offer valuable insights into its role, function, and implementation.

A wide range of prison theatre initiatives are discussed, from long-running, high-profile programs such as Curt Tofteland's "Shakespeare Behind Bars" in LaGrange, Kentucky, to fledgling efforts like Jodi Jinks' "ArtsAloud" project in Austin, Texas. The book offers unique insights into the many dimensions of the prison theatre experience, including: negotiating the rules and restrictions of the prison environment; establishing trust, teaching performance skills and managing crises; building relationships and dealing with conflicts; and negotiating public performances and public perceptions. Excerpts of interviews with inmates, and a conversation between practitioners in the final chapter, reveal the impact that prison theatre programs have on the performers themselves, as well as audience members, and the wider community.

Exploring prison theatre processes and theory with insights into how it works in practice, and how to replicate it, this book is essential reading for drama therapists, theatre artists, and prison educators, as well as academics.

Jonathan Shailor is a Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.  He has been facilitating the "theatre of empowerment" in prisons, schools and other settings for over 15 years, and is the founder and director of The Shakespeare Prison Project, which originated at Racine Correctional Institution in 2004.  Inmat...
Title:Performing New Lives: Prison TheatreFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6.02 × 0.6 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Jessica Kingsley PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1849058237

ISBN - 13:9781849058230

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. Foreword by Evelyn Ploumis-Devick. 1. Introduction. Jonathan Shailor, University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 2. "To Know My Deed": Finding Salvation Through Shakespeare. Laura Bates, Indiana State University. 3. Rehabilitation Through the Arts at Sing Sing: Drama in the Big House. Brent Buell, Rehabilitation Through the Arts. 4. 59 Places: Dance/Theatre in the Hampshire Jail. Amie Dowling, University of San Francisco. 5. Time In: Transforming Identity Inside and Out. Judy Dworin, Trinity College, Connecticut. 6. The Buckle on the Bible Belt. Jodi Jinks, ArtsAloud and Rude Mechanicals. 7. From the Meanest Creature: Theatre as a Vehicle for Change. Sharon Lajoie, freelance theatre artist and teacher. 8. Faith, Hope, and "Sweet Love Re-Membered": "Restoration" Theatre in Kansas Prisons. John McCabe-Juhnke, Bethel College, Kansas. 9. Fabulous Females: Secrets, Stories, and Hope: Guarding and Guiding Girls Beyond the Barbed Wire Fence. Meade Palidofsky, Storycatchers Theatre, Chicago. 10. Living with Life: The Theatre of Witness as a Model of Healing and Redemption. Teya Sepinuck, The Theatre of Witness. 11. Prison Theatre and the Promise of Reintegration. Jonathan Shailor. 12. Sculpting Empowerment: Theatre in a Juvenile Facility and Beyond. Julia Taylor, Prison Creative Arts. 13. The Keeper of the Keys. Curt L. Tofteland, Shakespeare Behind Bars. 14. Revisiting Sacred Spaces. Jean Trounstine, Middlesex Community College. 15. The Inmates, the Actors, the Characters, the Audience, and the Poet Are of Imagination All Compact. Agnes Wilcox, Prison Performing Arts. 16. "Their Minds Transfigured So Together": Imaginative Transformation and Transcendence in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Elizabeth Charlebois, St. Mary's College of Maryland. 17. A Conversation with the Authors: Prison Theatre Artists in Dialogue. The Contributors. Subject Index. Author Index.