Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe

The mission of the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe is to Tell Stories of Importance Through Theatre

The group seeks to share stories, build empathy, and foster understanding and communication through theatre.

Since 2015, Marin Shakespeare Company’s Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe has given actors who have survived incarceration opportunities to continue their study of theatre and acting, to form a support group, and to tell stories of importance through theatre, generating deep community dialogue about some of the most pressing issues of our time. Under the leadership of Suraya Keating, Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare for Social Justice Director, the group shares their stories with public in order to explore important issues that affect us all, and have a positive impact on our world. We also perform at facilities that serve syystem-impacted youth.

We invite you to join us free of cost for these heartfelt, thought-provoking and inspirational performances as Returned Citizens share true stories of hope, change, and courage from their lives.


VIDEOS of Previous Productions:

“Stories of Healing: Voices from the Inside Out” with Tony Cyprien, Gary Hollis, Pamela Anne Keane, Joey Mason
Juan Carlos Meza, John Neblett, William Palmer, Markelle Taylor, John Windham, supported by Alice O’Connor and Zi ZhengMay 22 & 23, 2021
Plus a tour by zoom to O. H. Close Youth Correctional Facility

“Stories from the Deep” with Tony Cyprien , Pamela Ann Keane, William Palmer, Trung Tong, and John Windham
June 7, 13, & 14, 2020

“Playback Theatre” with Tony Cyprien , Jamal Duckworth, Suryaya Keating, Pamela Ann Keane, Zoe Gardner, Mitzi,
Joey Mason, and John Neblett
January 25, 2020

“Breaking Through”

May 31, June 1, June 15, 2019
Plus tour performances to Hana School for Boys and Marin’s Community School

Members of the 2019 Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe discuss their performance, Breaking Through

“Seeds of Time”
June 9 and 10, 2018

“Changes: Stories of Struggle, Hope & Growth”

June 2 and 3, 2017
Changes Flyer 2017

“Nobody Told Us We Were Diamonds: The Story of How I Found Me”

May 20 and 21, 2016
The inaugural production of autobiographical stories by the Returned Citizens Theatre Troupe.
Diamonds Flyer


To see videos of Shakespeare in prison performances, “Stories from San Quentin” performances, inmate writing, and photographs, and to hear inmate actors discuss how Shakespeare has changed their lives, click here.

To read articles about Shakespeare for Social Justice on our Blog, click here.

To make a request to attend a Shakespeare in Prison performance, click here.

To make a donation in support of Shakespeare for Social Justice, click here.