Juvenile Justice Program
“Make not your thoughts your prison.”
– Antony and Cleopatra
Kentucky Shakespeare has a long history of serving the incarcerated: Shakespeare Behind Bars began as a program of Kentucky Shakespeare in 1995 before branching out to become a separate not-for-profit in 2010, and Producing Artistic Director Matt Wallace has been Facilitator/Director of the Shakespeare Behind Bars KY programs since 2008.
2023-2024 marks Kentucky Shakespeare’s fourth year in residence at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in Jeffersonville, Indiana as a recipient of a Shakespeare in American Communities grant, a theater program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
Kentucky Shakespeare is facilitates comprehensive Shakespeare arts programming at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center in the Indiana Department of Correction in Jeffersonville Indiana, serving youth ages 10-17 throughout the entire school-year. Led by facilitator Keith McGill, incarcerated juveniles work with our artists for two sessions per week, exploring text, themes, and issues from Shakespeare through discussion, reflection, exercises, and performance. Visiting artists contribute in the areas of visual art, music, and conflict resolution.
The mission of the Clark County Clementine B. Barthold Juvenile Detention Center is to provide protection and detention of youth in the Indiana Department of Correction with programming that adheres to the needs of the residents including medical, information, education, life skills, counseling, drug and alcohol education and religious services. The detention center is committed to providing the highest quality of detention services possible to the juveniles of Clark County and its surrounding region. Average population is 14 males and females with an average stay of 15 months.