And Still We Rise Productions is a collaborative theater project dedicated to healing, public awareness, and social change through empowering the voices of formerly incarcerated people and their loved ones. With the establishment of a safe and creative training environment and the use of theater exercises and therapeutic techniques, it aims to:
Help participants gain skills and self-confidence in shaping and asserting their personal stories.
Weave their story-telling together into performances that move audiences to greater understanding and compassion for the struggles of these and other individuals who spend years incarcerated and then strive to integrate back into society.
Create a vital public forum where participants are able to bring sharp focus, rouse concern, and spearhead discussion of pressing criminal justice issues.
And Still We Rise believes that the power and authenticity of the participants’ stories will increase public awareness of and desire for criminal justice reform. It is hoped that all involved will be compelled towards action for effective change. New actors are recruited every year with monthly orientation workshops in September, October and November. Rehearsals go from January to end of March with tours all year through the following November.