Grand Valley Institution for Women
It all started when…
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 (GVI). 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.
This year, we are working with GVI on annual contract to bring theatre workshops inside on a weekly basis.
Along with Kimberlee Walker and Johnny Wideman, the four year contract with The Grand Valley Institution for Woman would not be possible without our facilitators.