John McCabe-Juhnke will share experiences and perspectives based on 10 years of directing inmates in theater productions at the Lansing and Hutchinson correctional facilities at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1 in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.
Professor McCabe-Juhnke is the chair of the Communications Arts department at Bethel College where he has taught since 1986. He has directed dozens of plays and musicals at the college, and served as director and coach of the Bethel College Forensics Squad.
In recent years, McCabe-Junke has developed Theatre Arts Workshops for Arts in Prison Inc. and Prison Arts Project and places the act of prison theatre on the spectrum of restorative justice.
“By creating a context for building relationships in prison, theatre opens space for healing,” McCabe-Junke says. “Though offenders are unable to repair relationships with injured parties directly, theatre provides a laboratory for inmates to practice the interaction skills necessary for their ultimate reintegration into society.”
The public is invited to attend.