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 LaGrange, KY.
On January 12, 2012, Artistic Director Matt Wallace began Shakespeare Beyond Bars, a new SBB program at the Louisville Day Treatment Center. Students including past participants from the Audubon Youth Development Center SBB Juvenile Program who have transitioned to the Louisville Day Treatment Center have the opportunity to receive ongoing support and opportunities in Shakespeare Beyond Bars.
An SBB facilitator leads the program with guests including former inmate ensemble members of the adult SBB program. Juvenile participants continue to explore the values and pursue the goals of the SBB program in this critical time of their lives as they work to successfully transition back into society.
Louisville Day Treatment Center is a specialized day treatment and educational program with the primary goals being the prevention of further delinquent acting-out, the prevention of institutionalization, the improvement of individual and family functioning, and a successful instructional transition to the community school. Youths benefit from an academic curriculum that complies with current high school graduation requirements. Students receive instruction accommodating individual learning styles and remediation of skills.