WHAT SUPPORTING A BUNCH OF DETERMINED PUNK-ROCK THEATER GEEKS CAN TURN INTO
All the work that we do in prisons and public schools starts in our weekly workshops at our theater in Culver City. This is where we create our shows, out of these workshops and, in our performances, in the darkness, a group of strangers and some rogue actors create a moment of community. A story is told.
Last year, talented writers, directors, and actors in The Actors’ Gang created plays that made people laugh and cry and share a common experience. Our season of original plays entertained and sparked conversations among many of the 12,000 people that graced our doors in Culver City. During the run of The New Colossus, the pins people placed on the map in our lobby told America’s story.
More than 4,000 people who wouldn’t otherwise have had access to theater, were able to see shows on our “Pay What You Can” evenings, while special performances for students from our education and juvenile detention programs provided a first-time theatrical experience for many.
Over 2,000 children wereintroduced to the magic of Shakespeare through our free summers performances in the park.
Many talented actors were able to train, create and give back, either by teaching in schools, prisons or by being on stage, always sharing an important truth.
EVERY CHILD DESERVES A CHANCE
Over 2,000 children and teenagers living at or below the poverty level were part of one of the free education programs we are able to provide in 15 public schools in Los Angeles. Other 1,600 children were exposed to plays and art exhibits relevant to their culture. Your individual donations and foundational support have helped unleash dormant potential as our students discovered their own creative voice, confidence, and the powerful stories that lay within them.
LIFE BEHIND BARS MAKES COMING BACK HOME IMPOSSIBLE FOR 5 OUT OF 10 PEOPLE
In 2019, our Prison Project ran rehabilitative programs on 15 yards, in 13 California State prisons, 3 youth detention centers, and 2 reentry facilities.The 1,000incarcerated women, men, and teenagers we were able to serve have been given tools to cope with the violent in-prison environment and prepare for a successful return to their communities. In California, statistics say that 50% of returning citizens will return to prison within three years of being released. For the students in our program, statistics changed. According to a preliminary study, the recidivism rate dropped to 10% and the in-prison infractions decreased by 89%.
11 of our formerly incarcerated students became teachers throughout the past 3 years and we have been able to create a support network for another 13 Prison Project Alumni to advocate for prison reform throughout the country. The amount of openness and inspiration a formerly incarcerated messenger brings to an in-prison class is unmatched by any of our teaching artists or other programs may never be able to. Their return to prison as teachers inspires in the incarcerated participants the confidence to make the cultural shift towards effective rehabilitation.
Our alumni also teach in our year-round, weekly rehabilitative programs in 2 Reentry facilities, serving over 100 returning citizens. Participation in our Reentry Program leads to interviews for well paying union jobs, leading to a 77% employment rate.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Even the smallest donation will go a long way!
$2,160 pays for one Alumni Teaching Artist to lead a one 8-week session in a Reentry facility
$1,200 provides an in-prison class with supplies for the entire year
$990 pays for one Teaching Artist to lead a 1-week program in a Continuation High School
$480 provides specialized training for 4 Teaching Artists working with incarcerated women, men and children
$125 brings an incarcerated child of age 12 to 18 out of juvenile camp for one day to experience live theater for the first time in their life
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A special thanks to all of our Foundation and Government Supporters!