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 3.0 highlighted marginalized communities and their disadvantage when it comes to the carceral system. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the team created a virtual jukebox-style performance which uplifted the voices of marginalized groups such as the LGBTQ+ and BIPOC communities as well as women. Many of the pieces were outsourced from (or inspired by) local artists & previously incarcerated individuals who spoke with the group.
All performance pieces & acknowledgements can still be accessed here.
Production Team – Leah Canel, Aiden Galbraith, Eliza Howard, Dom Ocampo, Weilin Pan, Bill Whitney