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Title Performing new lives : prison theatre / edited by Jonathan Shailor ; forward by Evelyn Ploumis-Devick.
Imprint London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011.

Subject Prison theater -- United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Alt Name Shailor, Jonathan.
Description 1 online resource (300 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction / Evelyn Ploumis-Devick -- "To know my deed": finding salvation through Shakespeare / Laura Bates -- Rehabilitation through the arts at Sing Sing: drama in the big house / Brent Buell -- 59 places: dance/ theatre in the Hampshire jail / Amie Dowling -- Time in: transforming identity inside and out / Judy Dworin -- The buckle on the Bible belt / Jodi Jinks -- From the meanest creature: theatre as a vehicle for change / Sharon Paquette Lajoie -- Faith, hope, and "sweet love re-membered": "restoration" theatre in Kansas prisons / John McCabe-Juhnke -- Fabulous females: secrets, stories, and hope: guarding and guiding girls beyond the barbed wire fence / Meade Palidofsky -- Living with life: the theatre of witness as a model of healing and redemption / Teya Sepinuck -- Prison theatre and the promise of reintegration / Jonathan Shailor -- Sculpting empowerment: theatre in a juvenile facility and beyond / Julia Taylor -- The keeper of the keys / Curt L. Tofteland -- Revisiting sacred spaces / Jean Trounstine -- The inmates, the actors, the characters, the audience, and the poet are of imagination all compact / Agnes Wilcox -- "Their minds transfigured so together": imaginative transformation and transcendence in A midsummer night's dream / Elizabeth Charlebois -- A conversation with the authors: prison theatre artists in dialogue.
Summary "Performing New Lives offers remarkable case studies of how theater-in-prison can reduce recidivism and violence by raising consciousness--all while having a great time on the stage."--Stephen John Hartnett. Chair, Department of Communication. University of Colorado Denver, and editor of Challenging the Prison-Industrial Complex.
Theatrical performance in prison settings can be a powerful vehicle for reflection, transformation, and rehabilitation. In this original and thought-provoking book, leading practitioners describe and reflect upon the prison theatre experience, and offer valuable insights into its role, function, and implementation.
A broad spectrum of approaches, models, and practices are represented, from long-running, high profile programs such as Curt Tofteland's "Shakespeare Behind Bars" in LaGrange, Kentucky, to fledgling efforts such as Jodi Jinks' "ArtsAloud" project in Austin, Texas. The contributors describe the processes involved in setting up and facilitating successful prison theatre initiatives, and provide a variety of perspectives on the many dimensions of the prison theatre experience.
Excerpts from interviews with offenders and an extended conversation between practitioners provide useful insights into the impact that prison theatre has on participants, practitioners, audience members, and the wider community.
This book will provide valuable reading for drama therapists, theatre artists, probation workers, prison educators, psychologists, and anyone else interested in the role of the performing arts in criminal justice. --Book Jacket.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9780857002884 (electronic bk.)
0857002880 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 753976792
Additional Format Print version: Performing new lives. London ; Philadelphia : Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2011 9781849058230 (DLC) 2010016836 (OCoLC)610466380