The Imprisoned Issue
Truthworker Theatre Company performing “BAR CODE: A Performative Analysis of the School to Prison Pipeline” at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York in April 2014. From left: James Gagliardo, Oddisey Miller, and Leah Mohammed. (Photo: Liaizon Wakest)
By Rajul Punjabi
Founded in 2013 by Samara Gaev, the Truthworker Theatre Company brings together young people between the ages of 15 to 22 to create, write, and perform in productions that reflect stories from their own lives as well as those entangled in the prison industrial complex—stories that are often discounted and disregarded.