Conspire Theatre

Mission and Vision

Our mission is to offer incarcerated women and their allies a healing and empowering experience through theatre and creative writing.

Our vision is that every woman realizes her potential as a creative, worthy being.


Conspire Theatre began as a five-week project in the Travis County Correctional Complex (TCCC) in the summer of 2009. Since then, the organization has led Rehearsing Possibilities, year-round theatre and creative writing workshops with women in minimum and maximum security at TCCC and published two books of writing by women in the workshops. Conspire has also worked with women in the Hilltop Unit at Gatesville, Austin Recovery Center, and throughout the Austin community. In summer 2013, we created Performing Possibilities, a theatre ensemble of women who have experienced jail or prison. Performances and workshops will happen throughout 2014; check our Events page for details.

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Celebrating 2013 ~ Looking ahead to 2014!

January 2, 2014

Performing Possibilities backstage!

A brand-new ensemble theatre program, a documentary film, on-going in-jail classes — 2013 gave Conspire Theatre much to celebrate!

Here are some of the voices from participants and audience members this year:

“This is one of the most moving performances I’ve ever seen on incarceration. These women made compelling, honest, artful work that every person should see. Take this to high schools, to detention centers, to the Capitol – and THANK YOU.” Continue reading



August 20, 2013

by Javier Martinez

*Author’s name withheld A fish born into a world like porn it’s an open sea I swim daily to escape the hook’s fee surrounded, wanted by every crab school to rise above is to also break away from their pull humans not only cast out their hook even love, followed by money, has lies that turns one into a crook A fish born into a world like porn it’s an open sea I swim daily to escape the hook’s fee I once was hooked – intoxicated, addicted to drugs jails, prison, mental institutions I was lying at the bottom of the shore screwed too many times, left like a sea whore A fish born into a world like porn it’s an open sea I swim daily to escape the hook’s fee Each hook fought differently, I’ve been able to escape I am a survivor – I no longer see myself as … Continue reading


August 14, 2013


*Author’s name withheld Caring Loving Intelligent, strong, cute and sharing Notice how I have written from caring to sharing - how the words are sittin’ one word next line, one word next line, five words (115 - my weight, I know I’m a nerd) My sins have been washed, Jesus tossed. Notice the outlay again? Just another silly way my friend (5’2″ – telling of my height) I know now you’re beginning to think, how tight I have a point I’ll keep this small or even short It is another silly way of me to report Not my height nor my weight life giving to all how any day the Lord could take me.

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