VOICES INSIDE is an inspirational inmate writing and theater program at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison near Danville, KY that uses theater arts and creative thinking to increase communication skills, build self-esteem and humanize and enrich the lives of those closed off behind bars.
Submissions for the Voices Inside Play Festival are now open through October 15, 2021. The festival will be held at Theaterlab in New York City in February/March 2022.
“I believe this class is art. With art in our lives it allows us to be creative, which opens doors to see what is going on inside of us.”
— Nicklaus, inmate 134419
Voices Inside is supported by generous grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
Special Thanks to the Nancy Friday Foundation.
Theater arts have been proven to enhance reintegration into society and reduce recidivism. So point-in-fact, this program serves us all.
- To develop empathy, compassion and trust, and to nurture a desire to help others.
- To develop self-esteem and develop a positive self image.
- To take responsibility for life choices, for the crimes committed, for mistakes made.
- To relate universal themes in drama and comedy to the lives of those served, including bringing past experiences, choices and future possibilities into the act of expression.
- To speak the truth.
- To develop literacy and communication skills, and to develop an appreciation for creative self-expression, including reaching out to include those participant who have disabilities or come from an environment that did not promote positive self-expression.