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 2015; check our Events page for details.

Recent Blog Entries...

The Front Porch Presents: The Gina Chavez Trio & Rain Collectors in Concert to Benefit Conspire Theatre

September 11, 2015

September 24th Fundraiser

On September 24th, The Front Porch will host Conspire Theatre, the Gina Chavez Trio, and Rain Collectors for an evening of performance and discussion. Proceeds will benefit Conspire Theatre’s work with formerly incarcerated women. When: Thursday, September 24th from 7 to 9 p.m. Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church 209 W. 27th Street Austin, TX 78705 What: The Front Porch will present an evening of fun, music, and performance benefitting Conspire Theatre’s ongoing work with formerly incarcerated women.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., so come early to grab a drink and mingle, then enjoy music from The Gina Chavez Trio and Rain Collectors, an excerpt from Conspire Theatre’s new play, “Mothers & Daughters,” and a discussion with the artists. Why: All proceeds support the development of Conspire Theatre’s 2016 production of their new play, “Mothers & Daughters.” Created and performed by an ensemble of Austin women who have experienced jail or … Continue reading


My weekend as a workshop volunteer/coordinator/go-to-go-fer girl

July 16, 2013


Everybody else got started on Friday. I helped out on Saturday and Sunday by running errands and generally making myself available for the actors’ and directors’ various needs. KLRU filmed every minute! And Jada documented everything with her skilled photographic eye. The hours that follow only signify actually being there at the theatre. Kat and Michelle boggled the mind by cranking out new and improved script revisions nightly – well into the wee-morning hours. Volunteers, boyfriends, girlfriends, husbands, designers, strangers, facilitators and sponsors and one of the best damn babysitters in town, all worked around the clock to make Performing Possibilites run like a dream! 8 am Whole Foods generously donated breakfast tacos all weekend for the actors, facilitators, documentarians and volunteers. 9 am Ate breakfast, chatted, woke up with a cup of coffee. Group expressed hopes to meet every week – it’s important to maintain a connection, and that’s … Continue reading

Lauren Johnson writes about Performing Possibilities

July 15, 2013

girl bowing on stage

Cast Aways?! Performing Possibilities is a vision that has been a long time in coming. A vision that was realized last night! I remember Kat telling me about her inspiration for it. And the full dream of creating an ensemble created from group of formerly incarcerated women – those that society often deems disposable. We hope that our performance will start to change that perception. At first I imagined it would be a huge production. I couldn’t picture how it was going to be pulled together. The bigger vision, is this will be a long running show. And provide an employment opportunity for the participants to make it easier to participate. The population of ex-offenders is often too busy trying to make ends meet and face their own demons of stigma to devote their free time to extracurricular activities. Even more so for women who are often coming home to care for children and … Continue reading

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