Mission & 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.
Possibilities: The Travis County Jail Project Since June of 2009, Conspire Theatre has led weekly theatre/creative writing classes with incarcerated women in both the minimum and maximum security units at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle, TX. Through a partnership with the Social Services Program Coordinator and with the encouragement of Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, Conspire works with women in two separate programs (the PRIDE and PEACE programs) at the jail and uses theatre as a tool to lead community building, teach communication and conflict resolution skills, improve literacy and build self-confidence. We serve over sixty women at the jail annually.
Partnership with Truth Be Told Since 2010, Conspire Theatre has led community building workshops twice a year at the Hilltop Unit of the women’s prison in Gatesville, TX for Truth Be Told, another organization serving incarcerated women. These workshops are for the express purpose of creating a cohesive, connected group out of two separate classes of women. Through these workshops, Conspire serves an additional 20-30 incarcerated women annually.
Inside Out Community Workshops From September 2011 – June 2012, Conspire Theatre ran a monthly theatre workshop series held outside of the jail for all women in the Austin community. These workshops gave formerly incarcerated women and their allies a place to play and grow together, while also teaching interested community members about our methodologies. We’re currently building relationships with other organizations that serve women in recovery and women post-incarceration in order to restart these workshops soon and serve a wider audience. Check back with us soon.
Team Building and Professional Development: Conspire also leads workshops for staff and members of partner organizations like the Center for Women and Gender Studies at the University of Texas and Truth Be Told. These workshops encompass community building, creative exploration and facilitation training. Please contact Michelle Dahlenburg for information about dynamic Conspire Theatre workshops for your organization.
The Four Pillars of Conspire Theatre
Life and Leadership Skills
exploring new possibilities for the future
breaking down stereotypes of incarcerated people
Playful, Supportive Community
team building in an honest, open, accepting way
creative exploration for positive change