Shakespeare in Prison
Marin Shakespeare Company’s Shakespeare in Prison program originated in San Quentin in 2003 and has since expanded to include 13 facilities throughout the state. Former inmate Dameion Brown relates the transformative impact of finding Shakespeare at Solano State Prison and how it changed his life, the lives of those around him and the institution itself. Brown’s voice is objective, informative and compelling and is a testament to the power of arts in correctional facility. Outlining his personal growth through the power of arts, Brown also shares eye-opening insight into the criminal justice system.
Along with fellow actor and educator LeMar “Maverick” Harrison, Brown is one of two formerly incarcerated artists-in-residence at Marin Shakespeare Company. Brown served 23 years in prison and studied Shakespeare at Solano State Prison with Marin Shakespeare Company’s Lesley Currier for one year before being paroled in 2015. Making his professional stage debut with Marin Shakespeare Company’s 2016 production of “Othello,” his performance in the title role received numerous accolades, including a Bay Area Critics Circle Award as best principal actor. Brown has since become a sought-after Bay Area actor, has been nominated for other awards, and has performed with Marin Shakespeare Company as Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing” and in the title role as Pericles. In 2019, he will play Oberon in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” In addition, Brown also teaches at-risk youth through Marin Shakespeare Company’s program at two youth correctional facilities. By sharing his experience, learning and artistic perspective with young people, Brown presents inspiring visions and guidance to those at risk in a way that is relatable, impactful and positive.
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