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whARTon at home connections- Frannie Shepherd-Bates

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Shakespeare in Prison, Detroit Public Theatre’s signature community program, empowers incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to reconnect with their humanity and that of others. Additionally, to reflect on their past, present, and future; and to gain the confidence, self-esteem, and crucial skills they need to heal and positively impact their communities.

On December 14, join Frannie Shepherd-Bates and Wharton Center’s Bert Goldstein plus one or two actors from the program to explore how theater and Shakespeare have changed the lives of people who have been incarcerated.

We are excited for this Wharton Center event with Frannie on December 14, at 7 PM. Tune in on YouTube and/or Facebook to watch the interview.

Frannie’s Bio

Frannie is the founder and director of Shakespeare in Prison, Detroit Public Theatre’s signature community program. In addition to her prison work, Frannie has directed plays for many of southeast Michigan’s theatres and youth education programs. She also served as Director of Programs for Detroit Public Theatre, and Director of Education for Water Works Theatre Company for several years.

Frannie has been recognized for her work as an artist and arts advocate by the Wilde Awards (Critics’ Choice 2013; Best of the Bard 2015; Best Play nomination 2016), the Pulsar Awards (Best Play 2017), and CBS Detroit.

She has spoken about prison theatre at conferences such as Shakespeare in Prisons (2013, 2017), Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (2017), Art X Detroit (2015), and Human Rights Through Education (University of Michigan, 2013). She has been featured numerous times in local, regional, national, and international media for her work in prisons and as an artist.

whARTon at home connections conversations will be happening once a month. For a complete schedule & bios, visit our website. Watch for our next guest line-up announcement, after the holidays.


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