Jonathan Shailor, Editor of the new JKP book Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre, kicks off his U.S. national book tour next week in Sacramento, California. See below for more details and future dates.

Jonathan Shailor is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He has been facilitating the “theatre of empowerment” in prisons, schools and other settings for over 15 years, and is the founder and director of The Shakespeare Prison Project, which originated at Racine Correctional Institution in 2004. Inmates who participate in the project engage in a nine-month process of training, rehearsal and reflection that culminates in multiple performances of a Shakespeare play before prison and public audiences.

BOOK TOUR 2010-2011

Visit for ongoing updates from the book tour!

California, USA

With special guests: Amie Dowling, Contributor, University of San Francisco & Mila Green, Prison Arts Gallery/Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Saturday, November 13, 6:00-8:30 pm
Carol’s Books
1913 Del Paso Blvd.
(between El Camino and Arden Way)
Sacramento, CA 95815
Tel. 916-335-9094

California, USA

With special guest: Ava Roy, Director, Hamlet on Alcatraz
Monday, November 15, 7:00 pm
Modern Times Bookstore
888 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Tel. 415-282-9246

Wisconsin, USA

With Special Guest: Meade Palidofsky, Founder and Artistic Director, Storycatchers Theatre
Friday, December 3, 2:15-3:00 pm
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Campus Library: Faculty/Staff Lounge
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141
Tel. 262-595-2218

Wisconsin, USA

Thursday, December 9, 7:00 pm:
*Sponsored by the Racine Coalition for Peace and Justice
Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church
625 College Avenue
Racine, WI 53403
Tel. 262-634-0659

Wisconsin, USA

Friday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Boswell Book Company
2559 Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Tel. 414-332-1181

Wisconsin, USA

Saturday, December 11 (time TBA)
Rainbow Bookstore Cooperative – Home of “Books to Prisoners”
426 West Gilman Street
Madison, WI 53703
Tel. 608-257-3050

Massachusetts, USA

With Special Guests: Sharon Lajoie, author and contributor, “Performing New Lives” & Jean Trounstine, author of “Shakespeare Behind Bars”
January 2011 (details TBA)
Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Illinois, USA

With Special Guest: Meade Palidofsky, Founder and Artistic Director, Storycatchers Theatre
February 2011, (details TBA)
After-words Bookstore
Tel. 312-464-1110

New York, USA

With Special Guests: Brent Buell, Judy Dworin, and Julia Taylor, authors/contributors to “Performing New Lives: Prison Theatre”
Friday, March 18, 2011
East Side Institute
Tel. 212-941-8906

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