Michael Rhynes and Clifton Willamson, influenced by an acting class taken at Auburn through the Cornell Prison Education Program,hit upon the idea of a permanent group, run by men incarcerated at Auburn, that would use theatre techniques as a road to redemption and transformation. They invited others to join them as “founding members” in this experiment—now entering its ninth year. Those who leave Auburn are still considered members in good standing of PPTG.  The founding members became known as the “first generation” of PPTG members.  The “second generation” of members includes Demetrius Molina, Nathan Powell and Leroy Lebron Taylor.  Third generation members include Sheldon Johnson, Adam Roberts, Jim Ryant,  Larry Green, Phil Miller and Raymond Van Clief.  The fourth generation of PPTG members were invited to join the workshop in September of 2016. They include Robert Lawrence, Mark Thompson, Jerome Walker and Tyreek Williams.

Founding members are marked below with an asterisk(*).

Founding members not pictured include: Clifton “Skye” Williamson and Jason Calkins, both of whom are no longer residing at Auburn.

Adam Roberts

Adam Roberts, a near graduate of Syracuse University, completed his bachelor’s from a cell in ... Read more

Demetrius Molina

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Demetrius Molina, in his ninth year of incarceration, is thrilled to return to PPTG for a fifth ... Read more

Jerome Walker

Jerome Walker is a father of two and a grandfather of three.  While currently serving a 23 years ... Read more

Mark Thompson

Mark “AZ” Thompson has spent the thirty-eight years of his incarceration consistently growing ... Read more

Raymond Van Clief

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Mr. Van Clief was born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York. He graduated from Albany High school ... Read more

Robert Lawrence

Robert Lawrence is a devoted PPTG member who was a troubled adolescent. Incarcerated since the ... Read more