Shakespeare in Prisons Conference

The third biennial international Shakespeare in Prisons Conference (SIPC) was held March 22–25, 2018 at The Old Globe in San Diego, part of the theatre’s evolving Arts Engagement and Globe for All programs designed to make theatre matter to more people.

SIPC offers prison arts practitioners the opportunity to share their collective experiences working with incarcerated and post-incarcerated populations; rejuvenate passion; renew commitment for their vocation; and build upon their expanding network of peers.

Artists and educators engaged in transformational arts programs using Shakespeare in prisons around the world are brought together to explore and study the effects arts programming has on prison populations. SIPC promotes a collaborative learning forum that exposes participants to a diverse array of programs that all strive for a common result: the habilitation of the prisoner’s mind, heart, body, and spirit.

Shakespeare at Notre Dame staged the first and second SIPC in November 2013 and January 2016, respectively. The Shakespeare in Prisons Conferences initiative is a flagship program of the Shakespeare in Prisons Network, founded at the University of Notre Dame by Curt L. Tofteland, Founder and Producing Director of Shakespeare Behind Bars; Scott Jackson, Executive Director of Shakespeare at Notre Dame; and Dr. Peter Holland, McMeel Family Chair in Shakespeare Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

The conference was targeted to:

  • Prison arts practitioners and theatre artists;
  • Area correctional-center officials;
  • Scholars engaged in research documenting prison arts experiences and the effects of arts in corrections programs;
  • Academic community members and students from universities around the world.

Click here for full conference schedule

Panelist and Performer Bios

Shakespeare in Prisons Conference, 2018. Photo by Rich Soublet II.

Conference specific swag was created for each of the attendees, panelists, and participating staff. I created a t-shirt design, water bottle, and tote bag. The teal color was shifted to blue for certain merchandise materials due to printing restrictions.

Swag created for event. T-Shirt, tote bag, and water bottles were handed out to all attendees.
Attendees at the Shakespeare in Prisons Conference, 2018. Photo by Rich Soublet II.
Conference badges created for attendees, staff, panelists, and moderators.

This 44-page program was created for conference attendees. The program encompassed all activities over the three days of the conference including notes pages, arts engagement articles, and other Globe related programs.

View the full program here.
Photo by Rich Soublet II.

The event page created for the Shakespeare in Prisons Conference can be found here.