Public Events & Productions
DU PAI, in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC), connects incarcerated cast, crew and production teams to the public through performances and events. Arts-based events serve educational purposes for both participants and viewers, while encouraging new conversations about the role of art across communities.
Attend an Event
The DU Prison Arts Initiative partners with the CDOC to host events inside prison facilities. Attendees will need to comply with CDOC requirements, including a background check. Once approved, DU PAI will provide further information about what to expect when visiting. For additional information on attending events, please email DU PAI.
"Our Town" tells the story of the fictional town of Grover's Corners and the everyday lives of its citizens. The play is written by Thornton Wilder, was directed by Ashley Hamilton, PhD, and included six DU undergraduate actors, three previously incarcerated actors (all on staff at DU PAI) and seven currently incarcerated actors who Zoomed in live to perform on projection screens.
Performances took place on November 5-6, 2021, at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts.
A/LIVE INSIDE was a live virtual event weaving together theatrical performance, song, music, dance, visual art and panoramic true-life stories of incarcerated artists from multiple prison facilities in Colorado. The showcase was followed by a live roundtable discussion from incarcerated participants, DU Prison Arts Initiative and the Colorado Department of Corrections.
Art by Andrew Draper (incarcerated at Sterling Correctional Facility)
- Virtual Event
DU PAI Incarcerated Participant
I think a lot of people have the idea that prison is 'lock them up, throw away the key, they don't deserve anything.' So, when you start bringing the human conversation back . . . then those conversations start shifting.