Illinois Youth Center

SBB | Audubon Youth Development Center, Spring 2017

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Illinois Youth Center – Chicago, IL

Shakespeare Behind Bars believes it is imperative to create transformational programs that provide incarcerated and at-risk youth with the tools they need to work towards a future outside correctional institutions and thereby reduce the rate of youth who will commit crimes that could lead to their spending their adult lives behind bars.

The Shakespeare Behind Bars juvenile programs employ the same vision, mission, values, and techniques that have proven successful in the adult program founded in 1995 at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in La Grange, KY.

First program was in 2019.

Second program was in 2020. 

Due to COVID restrictions, the program was entirely virtual.

The JJ Effect

Jason Boulware, Filmmaker
2020 Documentary

Third program was in 2021.

The program was face to face.

The JJ Effect

Jason Boulware, Filmmaker
2021 Documentary

Life Thru My Eyes


This program is made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, Shakespeare in American Communities, Juvenile Justice Program, and administered by Arts Midwest.