Participants of Theatre of the Beat's "Theatre Program at Grand Valley Institute for Women" pose with facilitators Kimberlee Walker (front row, left - TOTB's Education and Outreach Manager), and Jill Kooymans (front row, right) after their performance of "The Identity Project." 

Participants of Theatre of the Beat's "Theatre Program at Grand Valley Institute for Women" pose with facilitators Kimberlee Walker (front row, left - TOTB's Education and Outreach Manager), and Jill Kooymans (front row, right) after their performance of "The Identity Project." 

PRISON THEATRE Projects

In 2016-17, Theatre of the Beat's Education and Outreach Manger, Kimberlee Walker, created a pilot theatre program inside Grand Valley Institute for Women. The program offered high-school equivalency Drama credits for participants, and a collaborative, creative space for growth.

In March of 2017, an original play entitled, The Identity Project emerged from this process; a devised show created by incarcerated women about labels, cultural  identity, and finding a voice. This performance marked the first collaboration between federally sentenced women and theatre professionals in Canada.