Voices Inside/Out Rocks Out NYC

On Monday, March 24th, Voices Inside/Out presented five short inmate-authored plays at the beautiful Engelman Recital Hall of Baruch Performing Arts Center in Manhattan. What a wonderful night where the audience was treated to outstanding work, including Derek Trumbo’s Convictionthe 2013 Pen Prison Writing Contest winner for Drama.


Thanks to our fab directors: Axel Alvin, Mark Armstrong, Reginald L. Douglas, Erica Gould & Kate Pines. And our wonderful actors include Noelia Antweiler, Tyler Bellmon, Juan Castano, Kwaku Driskell, Luke Forbes, Christopher Livingston, Clinton Lowe, Jamil A.C. Mangan, Michael Markham, Tobias Segal, Sarah Sokolovic, chandra thomas, Mark McCullough Thomas & Haley Zega.

And, we appreciate the support of the new audience members as well as our returning fans. The reading benefits our 2014 Playwright Residency at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison near Danville, KY. We announced last night that this year’s playwright will be Crystal Skillman.

If you would like to support this work, please consider making a tax-deductible donation here.


Voices Inside/Out Takes the Stage at BPAC in NYC

Join us for our fourth annual Voices Inside/Out benefit reading in New York City.

See six short plays created in the award-winning prison theater arts program at Northpoint Training Center, a male medium security prison near Danville, Kentucky. These inmate-authored plays offer comedic and dramatic takes on life on both sides of the barbed wire. All proceeds benefit our groundbreaking prison playwriting residency.

Tickets: $20

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Monday, March 24th
Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Ave. Entrance on East 25th between Lexington & Third Avenue

7:30 pm | The reading will be 85 minutes and followed by a reception.

Voices Inside/Out Wows New York

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The cast, directors, and team behind Voices Inside/Out. Photo by Chris Kateff.

On April 1, Voices Inside/Out held its third annual reading of inmate-authored short plays at Soho Playhouse.  The plays ranged from comedy (What happens when cookie’s are banned in a prison chowhall?) to drama (A true story based on one inmate’s 63 months in solitary confinement). And the rave reviews are in:

“One of the finest examples of how excellent theater combined with extraordinary talent can become a source of great good.” — Audience member

“The Voices Inside/Out experience reminds me that everyone’s voice is important, regardless of your circumstance, status in society, etc.  We all have a story and they are uniquely beautiful!  So thank you for the opportunity to express these wonderful stories and bring them to live with some amazing artists!” — Actor

“It’s important, brave work that ultimately, facilitates healing.” –– Audience member

Jonathan Ames hosted the event for the second year in a row. And it was announced that Mel Nieves (pictured far right, front row) will be the 2013 Playwright-in-Residence at Northpoint Training Center. Mel will spend eight days in Kentucky this June and teach master classes to the inmates in the pioneering playwriting program at the medium security all-male prison.

Mel Nieves is an Actor/Playwright/Teaching-Artist and long time member of the award winning LAByrinth Theater Company. He is a graduate of the William Esper Studios. He is a two time Metlife Foundation “Nuestra Voces” Playwrighting finalist. As an actor he’s appeared in Bent, Short Eyes, most recently Mando Alvarado’s Sangre for SummerStages and the feature film The Children of Hip Hop written and directed by Antonio Dela Cruz. As a playwright his work has been seen in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago works include, By The Dawn’s Early Light: Midnight Mass & Los Embrujados, W.A.C. Iraq and In Da Boogie Down.

Thank you to the actors, directors and audience members who supported Voices Inside/Out, and we look forward to seeing you in the near future.

Five Finalists for 2012 Playwriting Residency Named

The Northpoint Voices Inside Playwriting Residency finalists were just announced. Our selection committee has selected five extraordinary playwrights, one of whom will spend eight days at the Northpoint Training Center in Burgin, Kentucky teaching playwriting. Congratulations to:

Robert Attenweiler
Holly Hepp-Galván
Mel Nieves
Shaun Raviv
Crystal Skillman

The resident playwright will be announced at our benefit reading on Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City. Tickets are on sale now here or by calling 866-811-4111.

Tickets on Sale for Voices Inside/Out

Our second annual benefit reading is just a few weeks away. On Monday, March 5th, we will return to Baruch Performing Arts Center for Voices Inside/Out, a staged reading of six plays written by inmates in the Voices Inside theater program at Northpoint Training Center in Burgin, Kentucky. Get your tickets now.

Proceeds from the reading support the Northpoint Voices Inside Playwriting Residency, which sends a professional playwright to Northpoint to teach master classes and critique the inmates’ work.

This year’s artwork features a ‘mugshot’ of the 2011 Playwright-in-Residence Mac Rogers. We must thank Michelle Haines for her brilliant artwork idea and the multi-talented Chris Kateff for taking the photo and designing our artwork. And, of course Mac Rogers for being our model.

Voices Inside/Out Benefit Reading March 5th
The plays that we will present are:
12 Minutes
Old Fish in a New Pond
Do What’s Next

Chain to Chain
My Inner Voice

Join us Monday, March 5th at 7:30 pm at Baruch Performing Arts Center (Baruch College: E. 25th Street between Lexington and Third Ave.). Advance tickets may be purchased here. We will announce the cast soon.