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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Monroe Correctional Complex's growing theatre program

Teaching artists Daemond Arrindell, left, and Carter Rodriquez, right, listen to a monologue during a final rehearsal. "We've done work in the prison for five years or so but I think with this group specifically, they felt really unified, they felt really supportive of each other, and they felt very much like a little theatre company right from the very beginning," said Rodriquez. "They felt like an ensemble and everybody was just really open and available." Arrindell focuses on the writing side and weaves the inmates' stories into a play, for which Rodriquez prepares and directs them to present. They also partner to lead Engaged Theatre residencies at Echo Glen Children's Center for juvenile detainees and with urban youth involved in the Seattle Youth Violence Prevention Initiative.