Prison Shakespeare Programs Have Dramatic Impact on Inmates

By Christopher Zoukis Prison might be the last place you would expect to see a great performance of Shakespeare. But for more than a decade, Marin Shakespeare Company in California has taught Shakespeare in several prisons, and to rave reviews.

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Women’s Prison Shakespeare Program

One may not think that reading a Shakespeare monologue while being incarcerated in prison could eventually lead to obtaining a higher education degree, however, with the Women’s Prison Shakespeare Program, located within the Huron Valley Women’s Correctional Complex in Michigan state, women have achieved these dreams.

Reading Shakespeare helps these women build real world skills, such as public speaking, and creative thinking – skills that are necessary when these women are released into the community. Reading aloud also allows the women to express emotions that they may not be able to express otherwise.

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