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Facilitator, Stephen Cole

Facilitator, Stephen Cole

Phoenix Players Theatre Group: Horizons of Unfreedom: Reflections from Beyond the Wall

January 2019

Multi-chapter print and media piece about PPTG from facilitators and members.

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RISING FROM THE ASHES: REDEMPTION THROUGH THEATER AT AUBURN PRISON

August 15, 2018

This story by Linda B. Glaser,  appeared in the Cornell Chronicle and the Arts and Sciences web site August 15, 2018.  Glaser attended the performance of:  The Strength of Our Convictions:  The Auburn Redemption  on May 24, 2018 and wanted to write about her experience for Cornell publications.

Photo of 2017 prison theater course.

Photo of 2017 prison theater course.

PERSPECTIVES IN PRISON THEATRE: INTERVIEW WITH BRUCE LEVITT AND LORRAINE MOLLER

October 19, 2018

First published by The Theatre Times.

 
The author, Darnell Epps. After serving 17 years in prison, he is now a full-time student at Cornell. Credit: Shane Lavalette for The New York Times

The author, Darnell Epps. After serving 17 years in prison, he is now a full-time student at Cornell. Credit: Shane Lavalette for The New York Times

The Prison ‘Old-Timers’ Who Gave Me Life

In this piece, Darnell Epps discusses how the “old timers”  those incarcerated individuals who are serving long sentences, should be released into the community so they can have a positive influence on young people.  The “old timer” that started Darnell  on his path was Mark Thompson, pictured in the article, who is a PPTG member.

The opening moment of the Phoenix Players Theatre Group 2012 performance  Maximum Will .

The opening moment of the Phoenix Players Theatre Group 2012 performance Maximum Will.

REHEARSING TRANSFORMATION IN AN AMERICAN PRISON

October 7, 2017

Piece in The Theatre Times, by PPTG facilitators, Nick Fesette and Bruce Levitt.

Musa Ngqungwana and Talise Trevigne performed excerpts from “Porgy and Bess” at Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y. Photo Credit: Mike Bradley for The New York Times

Musa Ngqungwana and Talise Trevigne performed excerpts from “Porgy and Bess” at Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, N.Y. Photo Credit: Mike Bradley for The New York Times

OPERA IN ATTICA: ARIAS AT A MAXIMUM-SECURITY PRISON

August 2, 2017

PPTG’s founding member, Michael Rhynes, is interviewed in this NYTimes article about Glimmerglass’s performance at Attica.

 
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Where the Walls Contain Everything but the Sky:
The Birth and Growth of the Phoenix Players Theatre Group

Winter 2016

First published by Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences.

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Three Sheldons

September 14, 2016

First Published by Albert Samaha on Buzzfeed.

The Phoenix Players Group takes questions from the audience after its performance of  This Incarcerated Life: The Foundation of a Pipe Dream  Thursday in Auburn Correctional facility.  David Wilcox, The Citizen

The Phoenix Players Group takes questions from the audience after its performance of This Incarcerated Life: The Foundation of a Pipe Dream Thursday in Auburn Correctional facility. David Wilcox, The Citizen

PHOENIXES RISING: AUBURN PRISON THEATER GROUP PERFORMS FOR RAPT AUDIENCE

May 21, 2016

First published by Auburn Pub.

 
From left: Joshua Mensa, Ezioma Asonye, and Jeff Guyton rehearse a scene from  Human Again  Monday at Auburn Public Theater.  Sarah Jean Condon, The Citizen.

From left: Joshua Mensa, Ezioma Asonye, and Jeff Guyton rehearse a scene from Human Again Monday at Auburn Public Theater. Sarah Jean Condon, The Citizen.

‘IT HAS TO BE WITNESSED’: AUBURN INMATES’ WORK TO BE PERFORMED AT LOCAL THEATER

April 14, 2016

First published by Auburn Pub.

Demetrius Molina and Nick Fesette in second run-through.

Demetrius Molina and Nick Fesette in second run-through.

REHEARSE FOR RELEASE: INSIDE THE FIGHT FOR A MAXIMUM SECURITY PRISON THEATER BEHIND THE WALLS OF NEW YORK’S AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY, MEN LEARN TO PLAY PROTAGONISTS. THE PAYOFF IS VITAL, IF TOO LITTLE CONSOLATION.

January 7, 2016

First published on INVERSE.

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COMMUNITY AR IN ACTION: MAKING THE WORLD BIGGER AND BEING A HUMAN SHARING OTHER HUMAN EXPERIENCES

August 13, 2015 by Bruce Levitt

Part of this blog post uses excerpts from an article co-authored by Nick Fesette, a graduate student in my department at Cornell University who has been a co-facilitator with me for PPTG for two years, and myself.

 
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ACTING IN PRISON

January 24, 2015 by

Piece written by Taylor Halcromb for Cornell University.

Bruce Levitt directing at Auburn Correctional Facility.

Bruce Levitt directing at Auburn Correctional Facility.

COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS: BRUCE LEVITT – OUTSIDE, COMING IN

November 25, 2014

First published by The Ithaca Times.

Bruce Levitt (right) leads PPTG rehearsal at Auburn Correctional Facility.

Bruce Levitt (right) leads PPTG rehearsal at Auburn Correctional Facility.

TIME SERVED

August 1, 2014

A prison theatre program is life-changing for inmates—and for the students and faculty who work with them.

 
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ENGAGED CORNELL DISCUSSION USES AUBURN PRISON PROGRAM AS EXAMPLE

October 29, 2012

Mikhail Yakhnis writes about PPTG for a piece in the Cornell Chronicle.

From left, Auburn Correctional Facility inmates Kenneth Brown, Michael Shane Hale and Efraim Diaz respond to questions after their performance at the prison. The inmates performed personal stories with tones of humor and personal hurting as part of the Phoenix Players Theatre Group.  Katie Roupe, The Citizen

From left, Auburn Correctional Facility inmates Kenneth Brown, Michael Shane Hale and Efraim Diaz respond to questions after their performance at the prison. The inmates performed personal stories with tones of humor and personal hurting as part of the Phoenix Players Theatre Group. Katie Roupe, The Citizen

FIVE AUBURN CORRECTIONAL FACILITY INMATES REACH FOR SALVATION ON THE STAGE

May 6, 2011

First Published by Auburn Pub.