“Men at some time are masters of their fates.”

– Shakespeare, Julius Caesar

“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

"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

Shakespeare Behind Bars

Founded in 1995, Shakespeare Behind Bars is one of the longest running, continuously operating, art, theatre, Shakespeare, and original writing prison programs in the US.

Shakespeare Behind Bars currently serves 200 incarcerated adults and juveniles in nine SBB programs in three Kentucky adult prisons – Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, Northpoint Training Center, & Southeast State Correctional Complex (virtual program); four Kentucky juvenile detention centers – Fayette Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Jackson County Youth Center, Frenchburg Youth Home, & Breathitt County Juvenile Detention Center Alternative School; one Illinois juvenile detention center – Illinois Youth Center – Chicago; one virtual program for returned citizens – Shax BEYOND Bars; and one touring returned citizen memoir program – Othello’s Tribunal.



Since 1995, Shakespeare Behind Bars has offered theatrical encounters with personal and social issues to incarcerated, post-incarcerated, and at-risk communities, allowing them to develop life skills that will ensure their successful integration into society. The youth and adults we serve experience a powerful personal transformation as a result, building life skills, emotional intelligence and coping strategies essential to successfully re-integrate into society.

SBB participant recidivism rate
National avg. recidivism rate

Attend a Performance:

Our public performances in late April – early May at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, KY.
We post information on our website and our FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/shakespearebehindbarsinc
If you are an ANNUAL DONOR, you automatically join our email list and receive priority seating to  our public performances.
For more information, email Curt@shakespearebehindbars.org

Watch Documentary

Philomath Films multiple award-winning documentary about Shakespeare Behind Bars 2003 production of The Tempest premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival and traveled to 40+ film festivals around the world winning 11 awards.

You can view the film online.

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Donate & Support our mission

We rely on the generosity of our supporters. To help us continue our services for inmates and youth, please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.

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