Social Justice Teacher Training for Social Justice

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Trainings for People Interested in Joining Our Team:

Are you an actor, director or theatre teacher who wants to use the power of theatre to help others? Join one of our Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Workshops to learn about using Drama Therapy and Shakespeare to open minds and hearts.

We receive many inquiries each year from theatre artists and healers who are interested in volunteering with our programs, being hired to work with us, and/or learning from us to start or run a variety of other programs.  We encourage theatre artists who want to volunteer or learn about paid work opportunities to start by participating in one of our Training Workshops. This gives you a chance to learn more about us and our methodology, and for us to get to know you.

Teaching Artists are also welcome to email a cover letter and resume to us at: to enquire about hiring openings.

Next Workshop:  Due to COVID-19, we have not yet scheduled our next workshop.

Last Workshop:
Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 2020
Led by Suraya Keating

514 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA
10:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: $375, partial scholarships available, please enquire
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Join us for this unique training and explore:

  • What is “social justice” and how can theatre and other arts programs support social justice.
  • Benefits and pitfalls of bringing theater to a prison and/or institutional environment.
  • How to use Shakespeare in institutionalized settings to awaken self-expression, self-esteem and pro-social skills
  • How Shakespeare can be used as an inspiration for exploring, sharing and performing one’s own life stories.

Workshops are facilitated by Suraya Keating, Shakespeare for Social Justice Director, who has over a decade of experience teaching at San Quentin and other programs; Lynn Baker-Nauman, long-time Shakespeare for Social Justice Lead Teacher; and Lesley Currier, founder of Shakespeare for Social Justice.

For more information, phone 415-499-4485 or email

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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 find out about how to train to work with our programs, click here.

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