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San Quentin State Prison


FALL DATES: OCTOBER 16-18, 2015 in San Rafael, CA!

Every year, Suraya Keating and Lesley Currier of Marin Shakespeare Company train individuals who are interested in learning skills of using Shakespeare and original theater therapeutically to promote positive life changes among prison inmates, at-risk youth and other marginalized populations.  Marin Shakespeare is currently accepting applications for their 2015 training.

Training Details:

Oct 16 from 6:30pm-9pm; Oct 17 & 18 from 11am-6pm

Cost: Sliding Scale $275-$375

Register HERE to secure your spot!

Join us for this unique training and explore:

–       what is “social justice” and how can theater and other arts programs support social justice

–       benefits and pitfalls of bringing theater to a prison and/or institutional environment

–       why studying and performing Shakespeare with marginalized populations can bring about positive change individually and collectively

–       how to use Shakespeare in institutionalized settings to awaken self-expression, self-esteem and pro-social skills

–       which Shakespeare plays are particularly suited to prison populations and why

–       ways to use ensemble skills to catalyze a conscious community where individuals can thrive as they learn to give and receive support

–       how Shakespeare can be used as a launching pad for exploring, sharing and performing one’s own life stories

–       benefits and cautions in the performing of theater works based on personal experience

–       how to build positive relationships within a prison system  and confront challenges of prison work successfully

Workshop will be facilitated by Lesley Currier, Managing Director, Marin Shakespeare Company &
Suraya Keating, Shakespeare for Social Justice Director, Marin Shakespeare Company.
TO REGISTER, contact Suraya at surayasusana@yahoo.com


As Shakespeare for Social Justice Director for Marin Shakespeare Company since 2005, Suraya facilitates two  groups weekly for male inmates at San Quentin State Prison.   The emphasis of these groups is to utilize both Shakespeare and original theater to promote emotional literacy, self-expression, self-esteem and positive social skills among the participants.  Every year, the Marin Shakespeare at San Quentin program creates two theater productions:

1) A full-length Shakespeare play.  Examples of plays performed include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, & Merry Wives of Windsor.

2) A “Parallel Play” – a collection of original theater pieces written and performed by the male inmates, and inspired by the themes in the Shakespeare play that they have performed in a given year.


Wow – what an accomplishment to see the men perform “Hamlet.”  You are moving big boulders with your passion and talent. I don’t think it gets any better than this.  - J.R.

Many thanks for the invitation to the men’s Parallel Play performance based on themes from “Merchant of Venice.” What a treat it was to see stories that were so profound, truthful and intense.  I was moved to tears  several times. The service that your program does for the inmates and the community is invaluable. I recommend your program and others offered at San Quentin to my students at Marin County Jail, encouraging them to enroll if that is their next stop. How marvelous that you now have two classes available! Life changing endeavors for the students, they also enlighten the non- inmate audience. – B.M.

Bravo to the Men in Blue! Wow…”Hamlet” was extraordinary. I am so inspired by your example. What a radiant cast and audience. – M.N.


Luke rehearsing his original performance piece


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