Theatre for Development in Prison Context

In this workshop, I will be sharing my experience as a theatre facilitator working with inmates in prison. These two days will be a very condensed version of the process that happens with these inmates. By being an active participant in several drama games and exercises, participants will have a general experience of how these games might help inmates in going through a reflective and developmental journey.

We will also touch on the following themes:

  • Difficulties of working in such a context especially as an outsider
  • Individual vs. Group – understand and accept the special dynamics in a prison environment and manage the balance between the individual and the group
  • Gender dynamics – advantages and disadvantages of a female working in an all-male prison
  • Ethical role of a theatre facilitator/artist – constant reflection on your role in that context and assessing the shifting balance of power that such an environment imposes on you.

Nazha Harb is a drama facilitator, teacher and actress. After completing her Masters in Applied Theatre, she now works in prisons and rehab centres using theatre as a tool for development. Having taken certified drama therapy courses and works with the Lebanese Centre for Drama Therapy, Nazha incorporates drama therapy exercises in her group work. She also teaches at the American University of Beirut and has performed in several Lebanese theatre productions.