Alcatraz: Art Behind Bars

Posted on October 7th, by aka wendy in Findings. No Comments

Visit for a full description, photos, and videos of the project.

Alcatraz–Art Behind Bars is an immersive theatrical experience inspired by the real stories and histories of Alcatraz Island. Four ReDesigning Theater Summer Fellows worked with performance, visual, and digital artists to transform San Francisco’s iconic landmark into an immersive adventure for 302 guests on October 30th, 2013.

The theatrical experience started before guests arrived at the dock.  They purchased tickets to the event through a Kickstarter page, where they were introduced to two characters who would be their leaders throughout the night.  After pledging to Kickstarter, guests received a Prison Passport kit where they forged their own passport that would serve as their ticket to the event.

At the dock on the night of the event, guests were checked in and ushered onto the boat by a prison guard and 12 characters.  They travelled to the island, walked up to the cellhouse, were greeted through chanting, song, and an introduction from the characters from the Kickstarter video.  Then they were let loose for an hour to explore seven different installations located around the cellhouse.

The project was supported by funding and mentorship from ReDesigning Theater.  Fellows collaborated with both Stanford and Bay Area artists.

For more information about the project, visit

And Check out the SFGate Review of the night here.

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