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Shakespeare Behind Bars – Shakespeare Behind Bars is an adult and juvenile prison arts program…

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***Arts in Rehabilitation Series: Shakespeare in Prisons***

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          Using the arts in prison settings for rehabilitation is  a positive and growing phenomenon in our dysfunctional systems. I have posted before about Shakespeare in New York prisons. Today’s post shares the story about a Michigan-based organization, Shakespeare Behind Bars, that also has some interesting links to Kentucky Shakespeare. It grew out of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, is now independent, and continues to work in both Kentucky and Michigan. Explore the full website and understand the wonderful work they are doing.

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Source: Shakespeare Behind Bars – Shakespeare Behind Bars is an adult and juvenile prison arts program bringing theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to the incarcerated, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.

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Healing through Shakespeare – Milwaukee VA Medical Center

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***The Arts in Health: Feast of Crispian Project***

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          The works of Shakespeare are being used in rehabilitation programs both in prisons and as part of the PTSD healing process. Today’s post introduces the Feast of Crispian project, first implemented at the Milwaukee VA Medical Center.  I will be posting more on this innovative development in Shakespeare and drama therapy later this week.

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Source: Healing through Shakespeare – Milwaukee VA Medical Center

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Young adults with disabilities bring Shakespearean dream to life – Toronto – CBC News

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***Weekend IdeaFest Series: Shakespearean Theater & Disabilities***

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          All of the arts have the power to help people with disabilities; drama therapy is being used in many ways to help people develop in new directions. Among the most successful of drama therapies are those being used with disabled people and in prison rehabilitation. Today’s post shares an inspiring project in Toronto where young people with various disabilities create a magical immersive playground based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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“A group of young adults will get a chance to show off their creative talents this Thursday through Sunday, in an immersive theatre installation at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre’s Al Green Theatre.”

Source: Young adults with disabilities bring Shakespearean dream to life – Toronto – CBC News

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

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***Marin Shakespeare Company, Rehabilitation in California Prisons***

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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

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For female inmates, Shakespeare in Prison is liberating

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The Arts in Prisons Fostering Rehabilitation:

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      Using the arts in rehabilitating prisoners is one of the most important and useful of recent developments. I have posted before on this topic and it will be the focus of a resource guide in the Living Through Creativity series. Today’s post is another example in the growing Shakespeare in Prisons movement and shows how powerful drama therapy can be.

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“While staging productions like ‘Othello,’ inmates at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility learn teamwork…”

Source: For female inmates, Shakespeare in Prison is liberating

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Teaching Social Skills to Kids With Autism Through Drama – The Atlantic

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The Arts & Autism, A Winning Combination:

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     The arts have important roles to play in education for all students. It is becoming increasingly evident that there are many good results from using the arts with autistic children. This article from The Atlantic offers and introduction and insight to how theater is being used to help these young people acquire stronger social skills. Kudos to The Atlantic for sharing it with us.

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“Schools are exploring new ways to teach children the rules of informal interactions.”

Source: Teaching Social Skills to Kids With Autism Through Drama – The Atlantic

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Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” As Never Seen Before | Engage Blog

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     The Tempest and Midsummer’s Night Dream are my two favorite plays. You need to check out this wonderful rethinking and recasting of The Dream. Still Dreaming is a documentary starring retired actors in New York City and is available on DVD or through streaming. It will make your weekend!

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Source: Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” As Never Seen Before | Engage Blog

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Tim Robbins Has Prison Drama Class That Cuts Recidivism in Half – Good News Network

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Theater and Personal Transformation, Drama Therapy:

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     I have posted in the last month several examples of how drama therapy is being used effectively in rehabilitating men and women in prison. Those earlier examples were all from New York state. In today’s post actor Tim Robbins demonstrates through his acting class that theater can be a powerful force for good in helping prisoners begin a new life.

     One of the resource guides in my Living Through Creativity series will feature prison rehabilitation programs in the arts worldwide.

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“Shawshank Redemption” star Tim Robbins has an acting class that’s cutting repeat offender rates in half for inmates at real-life California prisons.”

Source: Tim Robbins Has Prison Drama Class That Cuts Recidivism in Half – Good News Network

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