what we do

Conspire Theatre creates theatre with women during and post-incarceration.

“I am a learner, mentor, advocate, mother, wife, and friend. I am the set free.”
– Lauren, Performing Possibilities performer

Our Programs:
Women-in-jail-1024x576Rehearsing Possibilities: The Travis County Jail Project: We offer on-going theatre and creative writing classes with women incarcerated in both the minimum and maximum security units at the Travis County Correctional Complex in Del Valle, TX. The program began in 2009 and continues with a partnership with the TCCC Social Services Program Coordinator and the support of Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton. Conspire works within TCCC’s PRIDE and PEACE programs for women (which offer job readiness, anger management, and parenting classes) and uses theatre and writing as a tool for community building, teaching communication and conflict resolution skills, to improve literacy and build self-confidence. We serve over 100 women at the jail annually.

Rehearsal-arms-out-1024x576Performing Possibilities – A Theatre Ensemble for Women Post-IncarcerationIn July 2013 Conspire Theatre launched an ensemble theatre program for women who have experienced incarceration. Women create and perform theatre pieces about their lives before, during, post-incarceration, and beyond.

Women coming out of jail and prison face stigma that make finding stable housing and employment difficult, but many make huge efforts and come back into their communities to make positive change. In our 45-minute performance piece, women tell their own stories of struggle and triumph, sorrows and joy set against the larger backdrop of incarceration in Texas.  The goal of the program is to reduce both internal and external stigma for women who have been released.

What audience members are saying about Performing Possibilities:

“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.”

“I was really moved and inspired by today’s performance.

“Eye-opening, powerful, and inspiring.”

Check our Events page for details on upcoming performances. Interested in being part of the ensemble? Want us to perform for your organization, church, or event? Contact us at info@conspiretheatre.org.

Empowerment-at-Conspire-Theatre-1024x575Team Building and Professional Development: Hire Conspire to lead a workshop for your staff or community group! We offer custom-designed workshops that encompass community building, creative exploration, facilitation training, and more. Past clients include the University of Texas’ Center for Women and Gender Studies and International Office, Austin Recovery, Truth Be Told, Healthy Youth Partnerships and Promise House.

For more information, please contact Artistic Director Michelle Dahlenburg at info@conspiretheatre.org or 512-981-7930.