Dell’Arte’s Janessa Johnsrude & Zuzka Sabata, in partnership with the William James Association, founded the first theatre program offered at Pelican Bay State Prison in 2016 through Arts in Corrections. In this emotional film, the men explain how the program has changed them.


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    loved this; i am a supporter of all prison programs for the betterment of its inmates. Here is the possibility of rehabilitation, to give oneself back to oneself in a new way; who am i aside from this criminal act in my life? what is my potential as a full human being outside these walls.

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  • Find out more about the programs at Dell’Arte.
  • Arts in Corrections is a partnership between the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and the California Arts Council Learn more about their program here
  • The arts are a powerful tool for positive change. How have the arts changed you? 

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