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.

History

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.

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

July 16, 2013

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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

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Lauren Johnson writes about Performing Possibilities

July 15, 2013

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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

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

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