The Shakespeare Prison Project


The Shakespeare Prison Project (SPP) is a volunteer-based prison education program which provides inmates with the opportunity to study, rehearse and perform Shakespeare’s plays over a nine-month period. The project, which began in 2004, was inspired by the work of Agnes Wilcox (Prison Performing Arts) and Curt Tofteland (Shakespeare Behind Bars).  Plays produced thus far include King Lear, Othello, The Tempest, and Julius Caesar. SPP is one initiative in The Theatre of Empowerment, an education program that uses storytelling, dialogue and performance for personal and social development in a variety of settings.


CONTACT: Dr. Jonathan Shailor, Founder and Director |