Social Justice / Prison Programs (19)

Theatre in Criminal Justice

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A feature story in American Theatre magazine about Theatre in Prison: https://www.americantheatre.org/2019/01/22/a-role-for-theatre-in-criminal-justice/…

Solano Vision News covers programs at Solano Prison

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Solano Vision News November 2018 Four stories about performances at Solano Prison in 2018 — Much Ado About Nothing by the Level III Shakespeare at Solano group, As You Like It by the Level II Shakespeare at Solano group, an article about Marin Shakespeare Company’s Drama for Re-entry program, and an article about the second…

Race+Justice at the Commonwealth Club

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Marin Shakespeare Company Managing Director Lesley Currier and Artists-in-Residence Dameion Brown and LeMar “Maverick” Harrison spoke as part of the Atlantic’s gathering Race+Justice San Francisco on December 14, 2018. Watch videos of the event here Photo courtesy of: The Atlantic/Melanie Wilbur…

Drama Therapy Saved My Life

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Interview with LeMar “Maverick” Harrison: Returned Citizen, and former Shakespeare at San Quentin actor Interview Conducted by Trevor Hoffmann, Marin Shakespeare Company LeMar Harrison, or “Maverick” as he identifies himself, is a musician, lyricist, actor, and father.  Throughout the last 6 years, he has been a regular member of Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare class at…

Behind Prison Walls: Shakespeare Comes to Folsom Prison

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From the Folsom Telegraph, June 6, 2018   Behind Prison Walls: Shakespeare comes to Folsom Prison By: Rachel Zirin, Senior Reporter Twenty-one inmates participated in the first Shakespeare program at Folsom State Prison on May 29, exploring themes of honor, betrayal, loyalty and power in “Julius Caesar.” Brought to the prison by the Marin Shakespeare…

Dear Mr. President

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This is a music video by former Shakespeare at San Quentin actor Jesse James (a.k.a. “J. James tha Thrilla”).  Jesse wrote this piece while he was in our program.  He was released in 2018, and created this fantastic video. Dear Mr. President…

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,…