Theatre Behind Bars

By Philip Taylor

The NYU Prison Theatre Initiative moves into its eighth year with 12 inmates from Sing Sing Correctional Facility studying American Drama in the fall 2012. Sing Sing is a maximum security prison which houses 2000 inmates, and is located in Ossining, New York, a one hour train commute north of Manhattan. The initiative involves a partnership with Rehabilitation through the Arts (RTA) and the Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).

Ed Theatre students have opportunities to intern under faculty mentorship after successfully completing a thorough orientation. Students wanting to study Prison Theatre in the spring should register for Applied Theatre 2.


Further information about NYU’s prison theatre initiative and other arts-based projects in prisons can be obtained from  and Philip Taylor (

RTA alumni Jeffrey Rivera (left) with Javier Cardona, Director of Arts & Education