• "You all have helped us teach our students about humanity, incarceration, redemption, forgiveness, and Shakespeare. "
    - SBB Audience Member

  • “To these actors, Shakespeare is about telling the truth from their own lives and finding the freedom they need in their souls to be at peace . . . It made me reflect on my own life, and how I need to grow as a person.”
    -Student Audience Member

  • “Today I learned that when times get tough and all odds are against you, you can still move forward and keep going.“
    -SBB Juvenile Program Participant

  • “You are your only obstacle.“
    -SBB Juvenile Program Participant

  • "The actors sharing of what this program has done for their own growth and understanding and team-family building, causes me to wish this type of training/experience for all humans."
    - SBB Audience Member

  • “In love we tell you that if you don’t learn from our mistakes, you are doomed to repeat them. I will leave you with one last piece of wisdom - Look at your friends. Look at them good. Show me your friends, and I’ll show you your future.”
    -SBB Ensemble Member to Juvenile Participant

  • "The group dynamics have brought about a positive atmosphere and great moments of self-reflection. I was blessed to be a part of someone else’s growth and desire to want to know and be more."
    -SBB Veteran/Journeymen Mentor

  • "I learned that a lot of good could come from a group of guys who society views as BAD."
    -SBB Journeymen Peer Mentor

  • “Today I saw my son grow. I saw him succeed at being a member of a group... he was happy and proud and was part of a community. Thank you for this wonderful day!”
    -Parent of SBB Juvenile Participant

  • "These men cannot re-do the day that sealed their fate, but they have become better men while they are serving their time."
    - SBB Audience Member

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SBB Programs
Explore all of Shakespeare Behind Bars' programs serving adult and juvenile populations in both Kentucky and Michigan.
Public Performances
Information on public performances held at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, KY. The SBB|LLCC ensemble will present Julius Caesar in May 2017.

Shakespeare Behind Bars offers theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to incarcerated and post-incarcerated adults and juveniles, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful reintegration into society.  

Now in its 21st year, Shakespeare Behind Bars is the oldest program of its kind in North America. SBB programming serves incarcerated adults and youth using exclusively the works of William Shakespeare. SBB is the subject of Philomath Films award-winning documentary Shakespeare Behind Bars, which received its world premiere at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

Shakespeare Behind Bars, Inc. is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Donations are tax-deductible as provided by law.