"I found the courage to stop making destructive choices, a heart to care about other people and the brains to not only earn a college degree, but to share that knowledge with others. Like Dorothy, I realized that it is within my power to leave here and return home."


Theatre is central to RTA’s program. It allows us to put ourselves in another’s shoes, developing empathy, trying out new emotions, choices and ways of communicating. Performances focus on collaborative projects in which each person shares responsibility for the group’s success.

RTA’s theatre workshops include improvisation, Shakespeare studies, play reading, script analysis, character study and devised, physical and forum theatre.

Performances for the prisoner population, community guests and families of RTA members include original, classic and contemporary plays and musical theatre. Thousands of community guests have awakened to the potential of a population they knew only through media stereotypes. Families have reconnected after years of estrangement. Prisoner audiences, many of whom have never seen a play, have an opportunity to connect to the universality of experience theatre allows.