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How Theater Can Change The Lives Of Texas Prisoners

Houston actor/director Justin Doran tells us about a program that brings the theater to Eastham Prison, a maximum security institution 45 minutes outside of Huntsville.

AD Players Godspell Theatre Actors
Actors Joey Watkins and Jeremy Gee of Houston’s AD Players perform the musical Godspell onstage.

Every week, Houston-area actor and director Justin Doran visits Eastham Unit, a maximum security prison 45 minutes outside of Huntsville, where he discusses theater with inmates. He’s also bringing a production of Godspell to the prison.

We talk with Doran about what led him to this work and the role he thinks theater can play in the lives of prisoners.

Also, Doran shares his experience during tropical storm Harvey. He lives just off Buffalo Bayou in west Houston and had to be evacuated from his home by boat as floodwaters rose.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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