Friends of Prison Renaissance:

The community of those committed to ending cycles of mass incarceration reaches far beyond our own. We are grateful for the synergy and concurrent mission goals provided by the following organizations:

Brothers in Pen

Care Not Cages! organized by Decarcerate Alameda County

Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

The Marshall Project

Prison University Project

Life of the Law

Marin Shakespeare Company

Well Contested Sites

Well Contested Sites (WCS) is a 13- minute dance/theater film that explores the experiences faced by those who are incarcerated. The film is a collaboration between Bay Area performing artists, some of who were previously incarcerated, filmmaker Austin Forbord, and choreographer Amie Dowling.  The piece was developed and filmed on Alcatraz Island in 2013.  For more info: WCS 


Artistic Ensemble

Artistic Ensemble is a troupe of 20 diverse men.  In our explorations to discover how we can reach the public, we also discover more about what it means to be human by connecting with each other. Our creative process is dialogic. Together we explore social inequalities with language, sound, and movement. Waterline was performed in the San Quentin Garden Chapel on November 5, 2014.

Waterline from Artistic Ensemble on Vimeo.
Ways to Disappear from Artistic Ensemble on Vimeo.


Prison Renaissance in the Media:

Emile DeWeaver and Rahsaan Thomas on NBC Bay Area News.

Life of the Law: KQED Radio Special, including Emile DeWeaver.

Adnan Khan reports on Introverted Comedian Jonathan Chiu.

Rahsaan Thomas,on United Shades of America with Kamau Bell.