Beyond Bars’ mission is to use social justice theatre to influence, raise awareness, and educate those in the Lehigh Valley region about the problems of mass incarceration and the carceral/justice systems. This is in hopes of reforming these broken systems and reimagining a more holistic, safe, and healthy approach to justice, crime and punishment, both locally and nationally.
Beyond Bars 2.0 shifted the focus to incarcerated women in the Lehigh area. The team wrote and executed a documentary theatre piece based on interviews with incarcerated women + poetry/art shared by them. This project was heavily inspired by in-prison art therapy sessions at Northampton County Jail.
Production Team – Alyssa Jennewine, Steven Escobar Mendez, Bill Whitney