Event Details
  • Non-members, please pay at least $10 to help keep us running.
    August 2, 2024
    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Details Price Qty
Free ticket for TRU members $0.00 (USD)  
Courtesy Admission (non-member) $0.00 (USD)  
Donation level 1 helper $10.00 (USD)  
Donation level 2 friend $15.00 (USD)  
Donation level 3 bestie $25.00 (USD)  
Donation level 4 supporter $35.00 (USD)  
TRU Patron $50.00 (USD)  
TRU Angel $100.00 (USD)  

Prison Breakthroughs: How Art Can Transform Lives
Friday 8/2/24, at 5:00pm ET

Community Gathering on Zoom - register with the bright red reservation box to receive the Zoom link. These gatherings are a service for the theater community and are offered free for TRU members; we ask that non-members help keep us running by buying a ticket, making a donation or joining as a member.

In the room: Leslie Lichter, executive director of Rehabilitation Through the Arts (RTA), a company that has run theater and other arts programs in 8 prisons in NY State (and expanding) for over 27 years. We met and interviewed one of the RTA program facilitators a few months ago, TRU member Brent Buell, and learned how his experiences led to the newly released acclaimed film Sing Sing. Now we take a broader look at RTA, the breadth of their programs, and their mission to open people’s eyes to the humanity behind prison walls and to recognize the transformational power of the arts, and theater in particular. Their core program is a comprehensive in-prison arts program which teaches critical life skills. They also have a social reentry program which helps inmates focus on inevitable social and emotional issues, and they engage RTA members after their release, as they rejoin and thrive in our communities. We'll explore the challenges as well as the achievements of these invaluable programs.