At IdeaFestival 2012, one of the most talked-about programs featured the celebrated “Shakespeare Behind Bars” (SBB) program founded in La Grange, Kentucky at the Luckett Correctional Complex.

Founder Curt Tofteland led a panel of SBB alumni and staff members, past wardens that worked with the program, and current members of the Department of Corrections to discuss this enrichment program that produces Shakespeare plays in the prison system with adult and juvenile offenders.

A similar enrichment program, Voices Inside, exists at the Northpoint Training Center, a minimum security prison near Danville, KY. Voices Inside is an outreach program of Pioneer Playhouse, a summer repertory theater now in its 63rd season. The outreach program was founded in 2010 by players from Pioneer and Tofteland of SBB. Instead of a production company, Voices Inside is a playwriting workshop. Through a series of classes and workshops, inmates create 10-minute plays.

On Mon. Dec 10., six plays written by Northpoint inmates will be read at the Rudyard Kipling, 422 West Oak St. The event is free, non-ticketed and open to the public.

Watch a news story about the program. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.

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