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Participants work on a theatre exercise together as part of Prison Arts Initiative's arts-based therapeutic and educational workshops.

Prison Arts Initiative

On-going Arts-Based, Educational and Therapeutic Workshop Program

DU PAI workshops provide high-quality therapeutic arts instruction in facilities across Colorado. Participants are empowered through workshops that focus on topics such as playwriting, ensemble theatre, arts and spirituality, and more. 

DU PAI currently puts on workshops ranging from six to 40 sessions at 10 facilities within the Colorado Department of Corrections: Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, Denver Women's Correctional Facility, Sterling Correctional Facility, Limon Correctional Facility, Buena Vista Correctional Facility, Four Mile Correctional Facility, Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, Fremont Correctional Facility, La Vista Correctional Facility and Colorado Correctional Center. For more information view the schedules below.

Fall 2019
  • Sterling Correctional Facility, Creating Action through Words and Movement with Dr. Libby Catchings and Joanna Rotkin
  • Limon Correctional Facility, Ensemble Theatre with Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Denver Women's Correctional Facility, Production of A Christmas Carol directed by Dr. Clare Hammoor and Jamie Law
  • Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, Creating Action Through Words and Movement with Joanna Rotkin
  • La Vista Correctional Facility, Writing the Breath with Rachael Zafer
  • Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, Ensemble Theatre with Julie Rada
  • Four Mile Correctional Facility, Portable Magic: A Book Discussion Workshop with Karen Lausa
  • Fremont Correctional Facility, Improvisation Lab with Laura Kruegel
  • Colorado Correctional Center (Camp George West), Family Events led by various DU PAI Staff
  • Buena Vista Correctional Facility, Ensemble Theatre with Joan Dieter
Spring 2020
  • Sterling Correctional Facility, Verbatim Play Production with Dr. Ashley Hamilton and Joan Dieter, Arts Pod development with Dr. Ashley Hamilton and Julie Rada, MFA
  • Limon Correctional Facility, Production of Antigone, directed by Julie Rada, MFA; Acapella group led by Laura Kruegel, MFA
  • Denver Women's Correctional Facility, Let the Lit Move you (dance and literature) with Tara Rynders and Elijah Null
  • Denver Reception and Diagnostic Center, Scene Study and Play Writing with Anne Penner and Dee Covington
  • La Vista Correctional Facility, Theatre Ensemble with Jamie Law
  • Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility, Portable Magic Book Discussion Group with Karen Lausa
  • Four Mile Correctional Facility, Theatre ensemble with Julie Rada, MFA
  • Fremont Correctional Facility, Writing the Breath with Rachael Zafer, production directed by Dr. Clare Hammoor
  • Colorado Correctional Center (Camp George West), Family Events led by various DU PAI Staff
Past Workshops

Summer/Fall 2018

  • Denver Women's: Ensemble Theatre (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton

Winter/Spring 2018

  • DRDC: Playwriting Workshop (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton

Winter - Summer 2019

  • Sterling: Ensemble Theatre Workshop (15 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Denver Women's: Arts and Spirituality Workshop (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Stephen Hammoor
  • CCC: Creative Writing Workshop (6 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Sterling: Play Production of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (40 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Sterling: The History of Photography Workshop (8 sessions) taught by Roddy MacInnes, MFA
  • Denver Women's: Short Play Workshop (12 sessions) taught by Dr. Stephen Hammoor
  • DRDC: Movement and Creative Writing (12 sessions) taught by Julie Rada, MFA
  • CCC: Re-Entry through Theatre (6 sessions) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • Denver Women's: Play Production of Play A Christmas Carol (40 sessions) – Dr. Stephen Hammoor
  • Sterling: Podcast Workshop (On-Going) taught by Dr. Ashley Hamilton
  • DRDC: Theatre Devising Workshop (12 Sessions) taught by Julie Rada, MFA
  • CCC: Non-Fiction Writing (12 Sessions) taught by Dr. Elizabeth Catchings

 

“This (DU PAI) workshop opened me up to realize how much I have changed through my incarceration. I’ve realized that I locked up the best parts of me years ago. I’ve been in a prison, while in prison. This class has helped release the best part of me and I hope to share that with the world.”

—DU PAI Incarcerated Student