Social Justice / Prison Programs (26)

Dominican Students Reflect on Visiting San Quentin

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Dominican Students Reflect on Visiting San Quentin Ten students from Dominican University spent three hours in a Shakespeare workshop with inmates at San Quentin State Prison. These are their reflections: San Quentin Letter by Deema Shihadih A Change of Heart… by Lorena Paredes The San Quentin Experience by Nicole Collopy San Quentin’s Message: Love by…

Redemption is not just for me

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By Emile DeWeaver San Francisco Chronicle, January 31, 2018 Gov. Jerry Brown commuted my sentence in December from 67 years to life to 20 years to life — a rare act of mercy. I had imagined the effects of a commutation on my life; the commutation’s effect on incarcerated people at San Quentin State Prison,…

Justin Scheer for the Marin Academy Voice

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Humans Behind Bars Justin Scheer, Staff Writer A stain on the otherwise squeaky clean map of Marin County, a massive complex that occupies some of the most valuable real estate in California, a century-and-a-half-old structure that one observes only briefly through the windows of the Golden Gate Ferry, a giant length of weather-worn cement surrounding a…

Inmates perform HENRY IV, PART 1 at Duele Vocational Institution in Tracy

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Prisoners learn lessons from Shakespeare By Denise Ellen Rizzo | 0 comments The 400-year-old words of William Shakespeare came to life at Deuel Vocational Institution on Sunday when a small group of inmates performed “Henry IV, Part One.” The performance — a first for the prison near Tracy — was part of the state’s Arts in…

Why there’s much ado about inmates doing Shakespeare behind bars.

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https://www.upworthy.com/why-theres-much-ado-about-inmates-doing-shakespeare-behind-bars October 14, 2016 Why there’s much ado about inmates doing Shakespeare behind bars. Lights! Camera! Second chances! by Erin Canty Share this story Tweet this story The stage is set. The actors put the final touches on their costumes and wait nervously in the wings. The audience is ushered in by an armed guard…

Dominican University Professor Perry Guevara on Visiting Shakespeare at San Quentin

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Spring ’17 SL Course Spotlight: Shakespeare and Social Justice Goes to San Quentin Students recreating “sculptures” from the exercise at San Quentin. For the first time, Dominican is partnering with the Marin Shakespeare Company in their mission to bring the life-affirming practices of theater to prison. By Perry Guevera, Assistant Professor of English In 1989, a small yet…

Marin Shakespeare Company Social Justice Programs

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By Catherine Rucker for the Marin County Bar Association In the summer of 2016 while serving as a volunteer attorney in the Marin Public Defender’s office, I learned that the Marin Shakespeare Company production of Othello would feature Dameion Brown in the lead. Mr. Brown had been incarcerated at Solano Prison, and he was the…

Learning Shakespeare while incarcerated at Folsom Women’s Prison

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ABC News channel 10’s report by Ananda Rochita on the dress rehearsal for THE TAMING OF THE SHREW at Folsom Women’s Prison:  http://www.abc10.com/news/local/folsom-orangevale/learning-shakespeare-while-incarcerated-at-folsom-womens-prison/440280476 Folsom Women’s Prison is the first women’s prison in California that will perform Shakespeare on stage. They’ll be performing, “The Taming of the Shrew.” Tamsyn Jones is the lead and an inmate. “It’s…

Broadway World study cites success of Marin Shakespeare’s prison programs

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See the passage in red below! Detroit Public Theatre’s Shakespeare In Prison Program Awarded by BWW News Desk Apr. 5, 2017   Tweet Share      Detroit Public Theatre is proud to announce that its Shakespeare in Prison program is the recipient of grants from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Humanities Council.…