Date Written


Document Type

Honors Paper

Degree Name



Theatre & Dance


Dr. Jessie Glover, Ph.D.

First Committee Member

Dr. Karen Steigman, Ph.D

Second Committee Member

Dr. Michele Acker, Ph.D.

Third Committee Member

Dr. Cindy Laurie-Rose, Ph.D.


Theater, Theatre, Heuristic, Directing, Prison, Greek Tragedy, Art-Based Research

Subject Categories

Ancient History, Greek and Roman through Late Antiquity | Criminology and Criminal Justice | Theatre and Performance Studies


In this project, I describe and analyze forces of freedom and coercion through the process of directing Trojan Women by Euripides at Marion Correctional Institution. This analysis documents each stage of the theatrical process—from project proposal to final performance and discussion—through ethnographic, arts-based research using personal observations, primary accounts from performers and audience members, and secondary sources. By exploring the experience of directing Trojan Women in the prison setting, I analyze forces of coercion and freedom in both theatre-making practices and prison. As a result, I assert the uniquely positive aspects and productive utilization's of coercion through theatre in a correctional institution.



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