Reflections with Mel Nieves

Our third annual Reflections event will be held Monday, September 23rd at Davenport Studios in Manhattan. Playwright Mel Nieves (who is pictured in the poster by Chris Kateff) will share his experience as the 2013 Voices Inside/Out Playwright-in-Residence at Northpoint Training Center outside Danville, Kentucky. You’ll also hear the work of some of the participating inmates — their powerful, moving stories about life on both sides of the bars. And you’ll have a chance to ask questions about arts education in prison. Come and learn more about our exciting program and celebrate another grand year.

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The event is free and open to the public. Seating, though, is limited. Reserve your tickets at Doors open at 6:45 pm, and the event begins at 7:00 pm.


Save the Date! Reflections with Mel Nieves September 23, 2013


NYC-based playwright Mel Nieves (pictured front row, far right) spent the last week of June in Danville, Kentucky as part of Voices Inside/Out third annual playwriting residency. He taught master classes in playwriting to the prisoner-playwrights circle at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison.

On Monday, September 23rd, Mel along with Voices Inside/Out co-founders Synge Maher and Lanie Zipoy will present the wonderful revelations that happened during his residency as well as snippets of the inmates’ work and how this program is changing lives on both sides of the bars.

Join us for an awe-inspiring night that proves imagination has no barriers. 

Reflections with Mel Nieves will be free and open to the public. We will announce the NYC location very soon. RSVP to to reserve your seats.


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.

10 Semifinalists for 2012 Northpoint Voices Inside Residency Announced

Mac Rogers, 2011 Playwright-in-Residence at Northpoint Training Center2011 Playwright-in-Residence Mac Rogers (left) at Northpoint Training Center

Over 80 playwrights applied for the 2012 Northpoint Voices Inside Residency at the Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison near Danville, Kentucky.  We were thrilled with such an enthusiastic response to the residency and grateful that so many talented playwrights submitted outstanding applications.

Our reading committee had a difficult, yet rewarding task to recommend the top 10.  And, we believe they did a stellar job.

The 10 Semifinalists for the 2012 Northpoint Voices Inside Residency are (in alphabetical order):

Robert Attenweiler
Holly Hepp-Galván
Mel Nieves
Carrie Louise Nutt
Rich Orloff
Leslie Pasternack
Shaun Raviv
Greg Romero
Francesca Sanders
Crystal Skillman

Five finalists will be selected from this group by February 2012.  From that pool of five finalists, we will select one playwright to spend eight days teaching playwriting to and learning from the prisoner-playwrights at Northpoint Training Center.  The playwright-in-residence will be announced at our upcoming New York City benefit reading of short plays by the Northpoint prisoner-playwrights.

More details about the reading will be available by January 5, 2012.