• November 14, 2014
  • San Rafael, California
Add to Calendar 11/14/2014 11/14/2014 America/Los_Angeles Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Program EXA Alum, Suraya Keating will be facilitating a Shakespeare for Social Justice Instructor Training Program in San Rafael, California San Rafael, California true MM/DD/YYYY

Every year, Suraya Keating and Lesley Currier of Marin Shakespeare Company train individuals interested in using Shakespeare and original theater to promote positive life changes among prison inmates, at-risk youth and other marginalized populations. Marin Shakespeare is currently accepting applications for their 2014 training.

November 14: 6:30pm-9pm; November 15 & 16: 11am-6pm

Join us for this unique training and learn:

  • What is "social justice" and how theatre and other arts programs can support social justice
  • How to use Shakespeare in institutionalized settings to awaken self-expression, self-esteem and pro-social skills
  • Ways to use ensemble skills to catalyze a conscious community where individuals can thrive as they learn to give and receive support
  • How Shakespeare can be used as a launching pad for exploring, sharing and performing one's own life stories

TO REGISTER, contact Suraya at surayasusana@yahoo.com


As Shakespeare for Social Justice Director for Marin Shakespeare Company since 2005, Suraya facilitates two groups weekly for male inmates at San Quentin State Prison. The emphasis of these groups is to utilize both Shakespeare and original theater to promote emotional literacy, self-expression, self-esteem and positive social skills among the participants. Every year, the Marin Shakespeare at San Quentin program creates two theater productions:

1) A full-length Shakespeare play. Examples of plays performed include: Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Merchant of Venice, and Merry Wives of Windsor.

2) A "Parallel Play" - a collection of original theater pieces written and performed by the male inmates, and inspired by the themes in the Shakespeare play that they have performed in a given year.


Wow - what an accomplishment to see the men perform "Hamlet." You are moving big boulders with your passion and talent. I don't think it gets any better than this. - J.R.

Many thanks for the invitation to the men's Parallel Play performance based on themes from "Merchant of Venice." What a treat it was to see stories that were so profound, truthful and intense. I was moved to tears several times. The service that your program does for the inmates and the community is invaluable. I recommend your program and others offered at San Quentin to my students at Marin County Jail, encouraging them to enroll if that is their next stop. How marvelous that you now have two classes available! Life changing endeavors for the students, they also enlighten the non- inmate audience. - B.M.

Bravo to the Men in Blue! Wow..."Hamlet" was extraordinary. I am so inspired by your example. What a radiant cast and audience. - M.N.

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