Conspire Theatre is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our first project was a five week theatre workshop in Travis County Correctional Facility (Del Valle, Texas) with women inmates. We played games, created scenes, wrote poems and monologues, and ended the project with a performance for other inmates and staff. Katherine Craft and Meg Brooker were the co-facilitators. Katherine Craft was so inspired by the project that she founded Conspire Theatre and will continue to work with incarcerated and marginalized women, both at Travis County Correctional Facility and elsewhere.
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Our mission is to offer marginalized women a healing and empowering experience through the creative mediums of theatre and writing.
Our mission is accomplished through:
- Workshops incorporating games and play
- Original writing (poetry, stories, monologues, songs, plays)
- Communication skills training
- Teamwork skills training
- Self-esteem building activities such as acting, dance, movement, mime, monologue, dramatic interpretation, and character development.
Our vision is that every woman discovers her potential as a worthy, creative, being.
In a very serious world, we must not forget the importance of play. We strongly believe in creating a safe space for play, joy and laughter to counter the effects of substance abuse, domestic violence and incarceration. Whether it be in our workshops, our programming or our everyday lives, the ability to play is essential.
We recognize that when working with vulnerable people, it is important to not only to act in a considerate and thoughtful manner but also to take responsibility for our actions, to admit mistakes and to be prepared to keep learning and moving forward as theatre makers, educators and adminstrators.
We recognize the importance of self-reflection and self-analysis. There must be space within the work to examine what it is we are doing and why. We must remain open to feedback and input from participants in our programs and be ready to change what we are doing to benefit ourselves, our clients and the organization as a whole.
Respect for ourselves and others is essential to creating a safe, creative space. We will respect each others’ ideas, voices and boundaries without losing sight of the importance of our own.