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In this experiential 2-day workshop, participants will explore the connections between Shakespeare, theater and Social Justice within prisons and other institutions.  The benefits and caveats of teaching Shakespeare within a prison context will be explored. Participants will be introduced to theory and practices that inform Marin Shakespeare’s approach to bringing Shakespeare as well as life-story theater to individuals who are incarcerated, Awareness of diversity issues, intergenerational trauma, racism, addiction and poverty as applied to prison populations will also be discussed. Finally, the ways in which Shakespeare and theater prison programs can be utilized to create wider systemic changes will be explored.

This workshop is geared toward teaching artists, drama or expressive arts therapists, performers as well any individuals who have an interest in theater and social justice.

Shakespeare For Social Justice Training Program 2024

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Marin Shakespeare Company’s guiding mission is “Playing for Good”. For 21 years, we have provided Shakespeare programs in California State prisons, using Drama Therapy-inspired curricula to provide opportunities for participants to reconnect with their creativity and work together to perform Shakespeare and autobiographical plays.

The 2024 summer Shakespeare for Social Justice Training Program provides an opportunity to learn about our powerful Social Justice programming and gain experience curating culturally competent, inclusive training spaces. Through classes and workshops with Shakespeare for Social Justice Teaching Artists, Returned Artists, and with actors at San Quentin State Prison,* participants will:

• Discover Shakespeare-based exercises that promote self-discovery and rich creativity.
• Learn Drama Therapy approaches to Shakespeare and devised theatre.
•  Learn about Trauma-informed facilitation and ensemble building.
• Discover restorative justice applications in theater.
• Build Skills in Facilitating positive, inclusive classes.
• Examine the intersection of social justice and theatre and develop a personal approach/pedagogy.
• Create a Culminating Project to share in a final Showcase.

Key Instructors:
Lesley Currier
Suraya Keating
Alejandra Wahl
and members of the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe

Young Company actress

Technical Apprenticeships 2024

Are you a high school student or young adult interested in the technical side of theatre? Technical Apprenticeships allow hands-on experience in lighting, sound, set-building and painting, prop making, and more. Tech Apprentices may be hired for tech assignments for MSC productions. Questions?  Contact

Actor Training Program 2024

Stay tuned for more information.

Interns can participate in professional Shakespearean theatre