Shakespeare for Social Justice — the power of theatre | Marin Shakespeare Company

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Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

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          This second post on the Marin Shakespeare Company takes you directly to the section of their website on the Shakespeare for Social Justice program. This is one of several programs in different parts of the US using Shakespearean theater as part of the rehabilitation program in prisons. The information here offers insight into the potential importance of the arts in prison rehab. Explore the website for a greater understanding of how arts organizations are serving their communities.

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“What We Believe We believe that the power of theatre can benefit just about anyone, from youth to adults to people with special needs. Theatre skills are life skills – the ability to focus, to work together as a team, to communicate expressively, to be in contact with our emotions, to combine discipline with creative inspiration, to problem-solve individually and as part of a group, to celebrate our victories, and learn from our mistakes. Theatre breaks down social barriers, creates friendships, reduces stress, and builds bridges between people who might not otherwise have had reasons to interact and learn about each other. Theatre teaches us empathy, as we imagine other people’s lives…”

Source: Shakespeare for Social Justice — the power of theatre | Marin Shakespeare Company

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

Courtesy of the Folger Shakespeare Library

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