Founder of Prison Performing Arts Speaks at UNC Asheville October 9

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Agnes Wilcox, founder and artistic director of Prison Performing Arts, will speak on her experience with the program at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall, Laurel Forum. Her talk is part of UNC Asheville’s “Engaged Humanities” lecture series, exploring the continuing importance of the traditional humanities disciplines for the problems of the 21st century.

Prison Performing Arts, based in St. Louis, is a 22-year-old, multi-disciplinary literacy and performing arts program that serves adults and children at prisons and juvenile detention centers in Missouri. The program aims to involve incarcerated youth and adults in the performing arts to inspire intellectual curiosity and personal development to enable their successful re-entry into society.

Wilcox’s work with the Prison Performing Arts earned her a Visionary Award from the Grand Center in St. Louis. She has taught at New York University, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, Webster University, and Washington University in St. Louis, where she has been an adjunct faculty member for nineteen years. She holds an MFA in directing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

The series is sponsored by the NEH Distinguished Professor. For more information, visit the Humanities program website or call 828.251.6808.