DETROIT (AP) – Detroit Public Theater’s Shakespeare in Prison program says it has received a grant to expand to work with juveniles.

shakespeare Detroit Shakespeare In Prison To Expand To Help Juveniles

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The program currently works with female prisoners at the Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility in Ypsilanti. It says the Michigan Humanities Council grant will allow it to do a 12-week workshop with young people who are in treatment or detention.
The Detroit Public Theater says it also has received a grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The program works with inmates for nine months, helping them produce and perform a fully staged Shakespeare play. Advocates say program alumni have lower recidivism rates.

The five-year-old program will stage Richard III for the prison community in June.


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