Prison Theater Films and Community Arts Workshop

You’re Invited!

February 5 – 7, 2016
Grace Episcopal Church
819 Madison St. (@University Ave.)

…with internationally acclaimed artists Curt Tofteland (Founder, Shakespeare Behind Bars,USA) and Tom Magill (Founder, Educational Shakespeare Co., Ireland).

Film Screenings

“Shakespeare Behind Bars” (2005)
Friday, Feb. 5, 7:00pm

In this revelatory trip into and around a prison production at Luther Luckett Max. Security Prison, we embark on a year-long journey with the Shakespeare Behind Bars theatre troupe. Led by director Curt Tofteland, whose innovative work with Luther Luckett inmates began in the mid-1990s, the prisoners cast themselves in roles reflecting their personal history and fate. Their individual stories, including information about their crimes, are interwoven with the plot of The Tempest as the inmates delve deeply into the characters they portray while confronting their personal demons.Open to the public. $5 suggested donation at the door.

Click to watch the promo for Shakespeare Behind Bars:

“Mickey B” (2007)
Saturday, Feb. 6, 6:00pm

An award-winning adaptation of Macbeth, set in the fictional Burnam Prison. It tells the story of one prisoner’s quest for power through violence, betrayal and murder – and the death and insanity that results. The film was shot in NI’s maximum-security prison, HMP Maghaberry and features 42 characters played by prisoners and prison staff. Open to the public. $5 suggested at the door. Followed by audience talkback with Curt Tofteland and Tom Magill.

Community Arts Intensive
(Space is limited. Pre-registration required)

Saturday, Feb. 6.
10am – 1pm: Creating a Circle of Trust (Magill and Tofteland)
2 – 5pm: Including the Excluded (Magill)

Sunday, Feb. 7.
10am – 1pm: We Know Who We Are But Not Who We May Be (Tofteland)

Cost of intensive is $50, which includes all 3 workshops, both films, and dinner on Saturday.
For more information or to register, contact Heather Ryerson at 443-8590 or