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Prison Bridges Project

Please donate to the PRISON BRIDGES PROJECT  (Go to www.prisonbridges.org for more information)

 

WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR TWO POWERFUL PROGRAMS FOR AT-RISK YOUTH:

#1  BRIDGES TO CHANGE DRAMA THERAPY GROUP:  THIS ONGOING DRAMA THERAPY GROUP, MODELED AFTER THE HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM THAT SURAYA FACILITATES FOR MARIN SHAKESPEARE AT SAN QUENTIN, WILL PROVIDE YOUTH INCARCERATED AT ALAMEDA JUVENILE HALL WITH WEEKLY SUPPORT.

#2 BRIDGES TO POSSIBILITY THEATRE TROUPE: YOUTH WHO ARE RELEASED FROM JUVENILE HALL WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO JOIN AN INNOVATIVE THEATRE TROUPE WHICH WILL BRING THEM TOGETHER WTH FORMERLY INCARCERATED MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE MADE AMAZING CHANGES IN THEIR LIVES.  TOGETHER, THE YOUTH AND THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN FORMERLY INCARCERATED WILL CREATE PERFORMANCE PIECES THAT SPEAK OF THEIR LIFE JOURNEYS, INCLUDED WHERE THEY HAVE COME FROM, WHAT THEY HAVE STRUGGLED WITH, WHAT THEY HAVE LEARNED AND WHERE THEIR DREAMS ARE TAKING THEM NOW.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND SUPPORT FOR OUR WORK!

Mission: The mission of the Prison Bridges Project is to foster growth and healing among inmates and all parties affected by crime using theater, expressive arts and film as a bridge to the inner world of the psyche and the outer world of the community.

Who We Work With: Prison Bridges Project provides drama workshops and performance opportunities for male and female inmates, youth-at-risk, and for individuals and groups who have been victims of or impacted by violence, abuse, trauma or neglect. We also offer presentations of our 37 minute documentary video, “Shakespeare and Blue,” followed by a discussion lead by the Prison Bridges staff, including ex-inmates who have turned their lives around in amazing ways.

Internship Opportunities: For current and upcoming internship opportunities in juvenile hall, jail or other Bay Area correctional facilities, contact Suraya at surayasusana@yahoo.com.  Hours towards MFT licensure is possible in some cases.

Play the Video below to see an excerpt from the documentary we recently made, “Shakespeare in Blue,” which examines the healing power of theatre in prison, as well as the power of the arts to help individuals reflect on their life choices.

 

Luke rehearsing his original performance piece

Our Focus For 2013: We are very grateful to those of you who support the Prison Bridges Project. Our first documentary, “Shakespeare in Blue,” which explores the healing power of using Shakespeare and original theater with inmates at San Quentin State Prison, was made possible through your donations and through the support of Theatre Bay Area.  We are also delighted to be offering drama therapy workshops to youth at Alameda Juvenile Hall.  We are also working this year in partnership with Marin Shakespeare Company to raise funds for a second documentary film. In our second film, we invite incarcerated men who have made groundbreaking positive changes in their lives to talk about what they wish they knew when they were teenagers.  Men will also be invited to share any messages or words of wisdom they have for teens today.  We are very grateful for your donations to support our work. If you would like to make a donation, please click the “Donate Now” link above. Thanks so much for supporting us and for being a part of this healing journey.

 

Eric and Belize during a warm-up game

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