Actors' Shakespeare Project - Incarcerated Youth at Play
Actors’ Shakespeare Project believes that the themes of Shakespeare’s plays – justice and revenge, the quest for power and position, family loyalties and betrayals, the relationship of grief to violence, and the power of love and redemption in society and individuals – are revealed in Shakespeare’s deeply human characters, their muscular language and their intimate, dramatic stories. In his work we find a unique and enormously resonant means to unlock young people’s insights, imagination, self-reflection and self-expression, learning to speak and respond in relationship to other people and to the world around them. ASP’s Incarcerated Youth at Play participants are youth aged 12 – 17 involved primarily with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), and sometimes in treatment centers connected to the Department of Social Services (DSS). ASP also runs teacher training programs with English Language Arts, Theater, and Social Studies teachers within DYS facilities.
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